I have a few questions: 1.) If I were interesting in seeing a psychiatrist how could I bring thi sup to my mother (who would probably blame herself and seek counseling as well) ;-) and 2.) In what conditions would a psychiatrist prescribe medication for depression? Thanks guys, as usual!
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1) hmmm, gently? just try to have a calm sit-down talk with her if that's possible. let her know you're not feeling well & want to see a psychiatrist to get help working through it... the suggestion i can give is try to address it with her like a painful knee or sick stomach: something that isn't feeling it's best & you want a doc to check out. good luck, my own mother wasn't able to deal with these sorts of things well, so i can't really help beyond that suggestion..
2)a psychiatrist should only be prescribing medication right away in case of emergency, normally. otherwise, they will work with you, arrange therapy & by hearing from you your past symptoms and watching the ones you show/describe through a series of meetings, decide if you are a candidate for medication. if given the option, make sure you incorporate therapy into your treatment. it's important not to skip this & try to have meds fix you. some conditions don't require meds, and those that do respond well to them do even better with therapy. in those needing meds, the combination of therapy & medication together makes impressively better results than meds alone it's been found.
so good luck... it can be both awkward talking to one's parents about these things & the actual seeing of hte doctor, but it's VERY worth it once you get past that first coupla steps
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