Have you/Would you ever see a Psychotherapist?

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    Apr 07, 2009 5:11 PM GMT
    Have you or would you see a counselor?
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    Yup, it was the smartest thing I ever did. Struggled with an issue for 15 years. Went to a few months worth of counseling and have been right ever since.
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    Well fine I guess I'll start. Not to drudge up too much of my past but I have been to a psychiatrist before when dealing with some issues. Here was how it went.

    Dr: Hi, I'm so and so, what seems to be the problem.

    Me: Well I've had a lot of things happen in the life that I'm trying to come to terms with and I've been really down lately.

    Dr: You know I'm going to stop you, you seem to be bi-polar so I'm going to prescribe these pills for you.

    Me: Um you don't even know who I am or why I'm really here, let alone what's happened in my life so how do you know I'm bi-polar?

    Dr: Well if you just refuse treatment immediately before we start I can't help you.

    (and I leave)

    Yeah, the whole point of a Psychiatrist/Psychologist is to sit there and let you talk, then they ask you questions to make you think of things in a different way so that you come up with your own answers. You know who else can do that, your friends and family. It's not an exact science but I have a problem with doctors prescribing mind altering drugs that affect how you act and perceive things before actually doing any work, and getting to the root of your problems. We are way too dependant on relying on drugs to solve our problems then actually evaluating our situations and coming up with ways to solve our own problems.
    (Not saying Bi-polar doesn't exist but I am saying that not everyone that walks into a Shrinks office is bi-polar, and they are way too quick to prescribe pills that can permanently affect they way someones brain works.)
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
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    Yeah, the whole point of a Psychiatrist/Psychologist is to sit there and let you talk, then they ask you questions to make you think of things in a different way so that you come up with your own answers. You know who else can do that, your friends and family. It's not an exact science but I have a problem with doctors prescribing mind altering drugs that affect how you act and perceive things before actually doing any work, and getting to the root of your problems. We are way too dependant on relying on drugs to solve our problems then actually evaluating our situations and coming up with ways to solve our own problems.
    (Not saying Bi-polar doesn't exist but I am saying that not everyone that walks into a Shrinks office is bi-polar, and they are way too quick to prescribe pills that can permanently affect they way someones brain works.)



    Don't accuse a whole profession of hackery just because one doctor you saw immediately diagnosed you with bipolar disorder.

    Your friends and family most certainly cannot do what a trained Cognitive Behavior Therapist can. Try searching for Cognitive Behavior Therapists in your area. A good one will not prescribe you meds unless you are in actual need of them and will never prescribe them if you refuse to take them.
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    On the flip side I did want to say that I have a bias opinion because of my experience with psychologist/psychiatrist. I believe everyone needs to come to their own conclusions when dealing with issues and if they need counseling. There are plenty of good doctors out there that have helped many people. I just think one should be cautious when dealing with pills like Prozac, Anti-depressants and anti-anxieties and so on. These are serious drugs that can affect the way your brain works so don't take them lightly. You could be adding to the problem rather than helping yourself. Cheers
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    Don't accuse a whole profession of hackery just because one doctor you saw immediately diagnosed you with bipolar disorder.

    Your friends and family most certainly cannot do what a trained Cognitive Behavior Therapist can. Try searching for Cognitive Behavior Therapists in your area. A good one will not prescribe you meds unless you are in actual need of them and will never prescribe them if you refuse to take them.[/quote]

    You are very right rezdylan. You will see throughout my threads that I tend to write in generalities. I make blanketed statements that can be taken the wrong way, but I do believe that therapy is overall a good thing for the right person. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 07, 2009 5:47 PM GMT
    Stolenname saidOn the flip side I did want to say that I have a bias opinion because of my experience with psychologist/psychiatrist. I believe everyone needs to come to their own conclusions when dealing with issues and if they need counseling. There are plenty of good doctors out there that have helped many people. I just think one should be cautious when dealing with pills like Prozac, Anti-depressants and anti-anxieties and so on. These are serious drugs that can affect the way your brain works so don't take them lightly. You could be adding to the problem rather than helping yourself. Cheers


    Please don't put pschiatrists and psychologists in the boat.

    Psychiatrists treat the symptom, so it's perfectly normal for him to start of with a course of medication.

    Psychologists treat the client. If you wanted to talk then they are the ones you need to go see.

    For instance the previously mentioned cognitive behavioural therapy would be done by a psychologists and not a psychiatrist in all probability.

    PS. to get back OT, I have never seen one but never felt the need to
  • Webster666

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    Apr 07, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Some people can handle their problems; some can't. The ones who can't, need to talk to somebody, whether it's a doctor or their friends or relatives (No, probably not relatives. LOL. ).

    I pride myself on being able to analyze things and come up with a reasonable solution. The one problem that was beating me was agoraphobia (panic attacks when being out in public). My doctor put me on a mild tranquilizer which has been like a miracle.
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    Apr 07, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    jimib saidHave you or would you see a counselor?


    For some people, counselors can be very helpful. If you are thinking about it, give counseling a try.

    It is important to know the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist

    A psychiatrist is a physician and has either an MD or DO degree. Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medications. Many of the psychiatrists I know do little counseling. Their time is taken up with major psychiatric problems like schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, suicides and so forth. Much of their time is spent in the hospital. The psychiatrists I worked with referred their patients to a psychologist if psychotherapy was indicated. The psychiatrists and psychologists work out of the same office.

    A psychologist has either a PhD or Masters degree. A psychologist can not prescribe medications. The psychologist's job is do counseling. There may be other individuals that do counseling such as clergymen.

    If you see a psychiatrist, don't be surprised that he prescribes a medication. That's how he makes his living. A psychologist will not prescribe medications because he can't icon_smile.gif
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Apr 07, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Stolenname said
    Dr: You know I'm going to stop you, you seem to be bi-polar so I'm going to prescribe these pills for you.


    It is scary how those psychiatrists just prescribe pills like that after five minutes.

    I have been there too Stolenname.

    But yes, I would see a Psychotherapist because they can not prescribe. They have no choice but to do their job.
  • GQjock

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    Apr 07, 2009 7:53 PM GMT
    When you go to an MD does he wave a magic wand over your head?

    No, he prescribes an Rx whether it's for a cold or for something else
    when you go to a psychiatrist it's the same thing
    a psychologist cannot prescribe but they always work in concert with a
    psychiatrist in case a medication is needed

    are drugs prescribed too much
    yes ... they all are
    but psychotherapy is a very important part of your health
    just as important as any other part of your body
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Apr 07, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    GQjock saidWhen you go to an MD does he wave a magic wand over your head?

    No, he prescribes an Rx whether it's for a cold or for something else
    when you go to a psychiatrist it's the same thing
    a psychologist cannot prescribe but they always work in concert with a
    psychiatrist in case a medication is needed

    are drugs prescribed too much
    yes ... they all are
    but psychotherapy is a very important part of your health
    just as important as any other part of your body


    Possibly more important. Also, I think it takes longer to diagnose a psychiatric problem than other health problems. Longer than five minutes anyway.

    All I needed was someone I could trust, to talk to and open up to. Instead I got drugs. Very unprofessional in my opinion. I can never get those years back.
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    Apr 07, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    No I haven't. Will I ever? Probably not, but I think it is foolish to be stubborn about seeking help if one really needs it. You never know what life is going to throw at you. Furthermore, I found out today that the new drug I am on for HIV leads to depression in those that have a family history of the disorder. All this time I thought it was the lack of sunlight and sleep that was making me feel flat the past 14 months. icon_sad.gif