How long does a psychiatrist need to diagnose a disorder?
May 31, 2007 4:43 PM Subscribe
Can a psychiatrist diagnose a disorder in five minutes?
posted by giggleknickers to Health & Fitness (34 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been depressed and anxious all my life, or so I thought. I'm in my twenties, and I finally went to a doctor about it. He spent about five minutes with me, then diagnosed me with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. He told me I'm not depressed because I don't have a low appetite and because I sleep too much instead of too little. I certainly feel depressed, but he said that without those physical symptoms, I'm not.
Is it normal to get a diagnosis this quickly or is something off? A second opinion can get expensive, so I'm trying to work out if it's necessary.