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Depression doctor: How make a wise & informed choice?

I’m open to the main treatment approaches, and grateful for any high-level or more detailed answers. tl;dr: If you were speed-dating psychiatrists, and planned to enter treatment with one, what key questions would you ask of all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2016 - 3 answers

How do you decide to leave a therapist and go about leaving?

I see a therapist twice weekly following a serious history, but I'm getting frustrated with the way things are going. I've tried talking about it with him, but that hasn't helped. I think it might be time to go, but I don't know the best way to handle things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Do No Harm, but for psychiatrists

I'm looking for writing that deals with the day-to-day business of being a psychiatrist. Think Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, but by/about a psychiatrist instead of a neurosurgeon. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Aug 21, 2016 - 8 answers

Atypical Depression/Dysthymia = unmotivated?

Have you been diagnosed with atypical depression or dysthymia? What is it like for you? What has helped? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Mar 23, 2016 - 18 answers

John Nash and the establishment of reality

In the film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash struggles with realistic hallucinations of imaginary people. At one point, a representative from the Nobel Prize approaches Nash, and Nash checks with a student familiar to him to verify that the Nobel rep is real. How would someone in Nash's position know that the student was real? How would such a person establish the reality of anything? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Mar 22, 2016 - 6 answers

Why don't psychiatrists ask about abuse?

I haven't been asked directly about my abuse and trauma history when meeting with mental health professionals. Is this standard? If so, why? [more inside]
posted by fair isle sock on Feb 23, 2016 - 16 answers

False flag or red flag?

Would you decide to stop seeing a medical professional because he is a mass-shooting truther? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2016 - 28 answers

What's the perfect book to give a friend on the autistic spectrum?

He's in his mid-20s. Lives with his parents. Just started his first part-time job. He likes video games, board games, sports, circuses. He's a bit of foodie. He prides himself on being up for any (small) challenge. His favorite things to read are Wikipedia, IMDB, Ripley's Believe It or Not. [more inside]
posted by bookley on Dec 17, 2015 - 21 answers

I could make up new ones, but I think that's illegal

My doctor lost my medical records. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I seek an autism diagnosis?

Should I seek an autism diagnosis? I was assessed for aspergers ten years ago, which was negative for a stated reason that I believe was incorrect, based on my own research into how autism presents in females. Is it worth trying again? [more inside]
posted by bluebell on Jul 26, 2015 - 10 answers

aspergers, adhd, anxiety, or appropriation?

Is there any benefit to pursuing a diagnosis for neurodevelopmental disorders (specifically autism spectrum disorder or adhd) as an adult? Are there reasons not to seek a diagnosis in that realm? Are online screening resources useful for them, or is the use of those resources problematic? Is it better to stick with anxiety and depressive disorders, both as a means for seeking treatment as well as a means of self-understanding? More to the point: Am I trying to figure out what's wrong with me, or am I just trying to earn a Golden Sympathy Star? [more inside]
posted by mittens on Jul 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Recommend a therapist in Nashville?

Can anyone recommend a wise/insightful therapist in Nashville? This would be for chronic depression, not debilitating but definitely restricting quality of life. The situation from which it arises cannot be changed, and the best comment I got from making the rounds several years ago was "but do they respect you"? (no; then "well, how can I help?"). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2015 - 2 answers

How can I feel comfortable with my psychiatrist again?

My psychiatrist lost his temper with me on the phone yesterday and said a lot of hurtful things. I must have deserved them, but I feel terrible. I have an appointment with him tomorrow (7/2) at 8am EST I need help figuring out how to keep my cool and understand how to be both a better patient and a better person. I apologize in advance for how incredibly long this is, and thanks in advance for those of you who read it. [more inside]
posted by timory on Jul 1, 2015 - 55 answers

Why aren't my stimulating meds stimulating me?

You are not my psychiatrist! But maybe you have some idea about why this is happening. I've been diagnosed with dysthymia, major depression (in an episode now, triggered by trying to taper off of Cymbalta), and inattentive-type ADHD. I take a passel of stimulating psych meds but am still lethargic and, currently, pretty depressed, and my psychiatrists (two in the past year) don't know why. [more inside]
posted by knock my smock and i'll clean your clock on Jun 18, 2015 - 24 answers

Psychiatrist recommendations for anxiety in Atlanta

Does anyone have any personal recommendations for a good psychiatrist for long term anxiety treatment (think: SSRIs) in the Atlanta area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 1 answer

How do I stop worrying about my loved ones getting hurt?

I can't stop envisioning scenarios in which people I care about get into horrific car/train/plane accidents or get sick and die. How do I accept my powerlessness to protect my loved ones 100% beyond the shadow of a doubt and just live with it? [more inside]
posted by Guinevere on May 13, 2015 - 12 answers

Quandary involving a not-well friend

Am in a bit of a situation involving a friend with a mental illness. Long details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2015 - 10 answers

An ounce of prevention

Is it possible or practical for me to get immediate care for a psychiatric non-emergency? Location: Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 31, 2015 - 12 answers

Is my Adderall treating my ADHD?

My Adderall prescription works great for me. But increasingly, it feels like its functional effect on me is less about attention and focus, and more about depressive/anxious tendencies I have. Is this a problem? Does anyone have experience around this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2015 - 13 answers

How to get semi-urgent psychiatric care in Los Angeles?

Family member has just arrived in town and is expressing the need for psychiatric care. How to accomplish this quickly in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jan 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Talking to My Narcissist Parents After a Psych Hospitalization

I've posted here plenty seeking help related to mental health issues (bipolar depression, PTSD, irritability) and also with help talking to my parents. Now those two have merged and I'm trying to figure out how to talk to them while I am also readjusting to the outside world after spending 8 days in an inpatient psych ward. That readjustment is so very hard, and I don't want them pushing my buttons so I have to go back. I'm hoping someone here can help me strategize. Here's what's going on, with apologies for the length. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jan 8, 2015 - 23 answers

ADD evaluation?

So this is actually a 2 part question.... [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace on Nov 18, 2014 - 14 answers

What is the cheapest way to get a prescription written for Lamotrigine?

I need to get a prescription for Lamotrigine. I have been on this drug for years, but my refills are about to run out. I need to find the cheapest way to go about this. I'm in the US and I have not met the deductible on my insurance. I can't go back to the last prescriber because I owe them money I don't have. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 5, 2014 - 12 answers

How does "resistance to [psychiatric] medication" develop?

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and I've been kicking around a setting in which the regular use of all kinds of mood- and cognition-enhancing drugs is widely accepted in society and tacitly endorsed by the government (though this is neither utopic nor dystopic). I'd like my protagonist to be dealing with the fallout of developing a resistance to these mind-enhancing medications, but before I spend 50,000 words on it, I'd like to check my premises. [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Nov 1, 2014 - 3 answers

Paging Oliver Sacks. This was awful.

My partner had a significant mental health event in the past that nobody (neurologists or psych people) have been able to explain. It's never reappeared and there was no history beforehand, but it's a significant source of worry for both of us. Blizzard within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2014 - 34 answers

I want to go off psych meds but my family might not. Do I do it anyway?

I made a promise to my family that I wouldn't make decisions about my treatment without them. I want alternative treatment. If they say no, do I still go? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Aug 22, 2014 - 73 answers

Provigil vs. Adderall for ADD

I take Adderall for ADD, but am growing dissatisfied with it due to what feels like increasing tolerance and dependence, as well as a couple of secondary reasons. I want to talk to my doctor about switching to Provigil, and would like to hear from anybody who has any advice or experience to relate regarding the pros and cons of the two medications. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Cashmere Sock Handjob on Aug 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Psychiatry department needs slogan for T-shirts

My university Psychiatry department is getting custom T-shirts, help me come up with a good slogan or logo. [more inside]
posted by arrmatie on Aug 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Classic psychiatric texts?

I'd like to get my step-mother a gift for her 50th birthday - we're not particularly close, but I'd like to make a nice gesture. She's a psychiatrist, and a lot of her identity is bound up in that, so I'm thinking some kind of classic psychiatric text in a nice edition would be appreciated, but I don't know where to start. Can spend up to $200 or so. Any suggestions?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Psychiatrist/therapist recommendations in Chicago

A friend is currently in a crisis of depression and anxiety and feels like her current therapist is not meeting her needs. Recommendations in the Chicago area are welcome. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Migrating to Medicine from Computer Science

I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Why is there no such thing as urgent care for depression?

My partner is trying to seek medication for increasingly bad depression and can't get in to see anyone anywhere until late next month. Advice, suggestions? Location Madison, WI. We are more than willing to travel, but we'd want it to be for a psychiatrist/psychiatric NP, not another talk therapist. [more inside]
posted by jabbersocky on Apr 9, 2014 - 32 answers

Great psychiatrist in Manhattan, NYC?

I am looking for recommendations for a good psychiatrist in Manhattan. It would be superb if this doctor was in-network for Oxford, but it's not absolutely necessary (and seems very hard to find). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Mar 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Living with a Family Mental Illness

My younger brother has been living with a schizophrenia-like mental illness for about a year. It's hard for me to interact with him. I'm looking for perspectives from those who've had loved ones with mental illnesses, and books or other resources that will help me better relate to him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Definitive answer about ADHD meds needed

Here's an assertion one hears frequently in discussions of ADHD: "It seems people with ADHD get a calming, clear headed effect from stimulants, as opposed to the speedy, euphoric type of high 'normal' people get from them." My question is: where can I find *good* information about the truth or falseness of this type of statement? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Psychiatric admission for young child

My little one is going to be admitted to a psychiatric program. Please help me understand what that means. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Psychiatrist in Atlanta?

I'm trying to help a friend find a psychiatrist in the Atlanta area (or northern suburbs) who can evaluate and treat his depression. He's hoping to find someone extremely smart, and he'd probably appreciate someone with impressive training credentials. Meds-only or meds-plus-therapy are both options. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by jaguar on Jan 9, 2014 - 1 answer

Why is there so much controversy surrounding the DSM-V?

Please point me to some resources (interviews, news articles, opinion pieces, etc...) so I can better understand why the DSM-V has generated so much controversy, and what the major points of contention are. The more gristly it is for my milling, the better.
posted by tybeet on Oct 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Some questions about adderall.

I recently started on adderall for ADD-type issues, and I've got some questions about the effects it's having. I intend to bring them up with my psychiatrist when I see him next, but that won't be for a few weeks and I think it would still be valuable to get some outside perspective, especially from people with first-hand experience. A lot of this has to do with sexuality. Questions and details within. A bit long-winded. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2013 - 14 answers

How often do I HAVE to see my shrink?

The doctor who prescribes my Ritalin and Lamictal is telling me that the state licensing board in Maryland requires that he see me once every three months. I've never heard of this before. I believe that it may be recommended that a doctor see a patient on some defined basis, especially with new prescriptions, but I've been seeing him for years, been taking these for years and never had any issues. The only justification I can imagine is the overall crackdown on Schedule II prescriptions. I really don't want to spend the time and money to sit there and tell him everything is fine 4 times per year. Is he really required to do this? Is it medically justifiable and necessary?
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2013 - 18 answers

Psychiatrist practicing talk therapy

Hi! I recently moved to Bellevue, WA. I am in need of a psychiatrist who also practice talk therapy. If anyone knows of any such doctors, please share... Thank you! :)
posted by jchaw on Sep 28, 2013 - 1 answer

How long to get ADHD diagnosis?

I've never had insurance before and am getting it soon. I have seen counselors in the past and have been told that I might have some sort of ADHD and maybe depression. I do have trouble in school, especially in math and science classes. In order for the disability services at my school to provide me services, I need a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist to evaluate me. How long after I sign up for one of these will I start seeing him or her? How many sessions are there usually before they can evaluate me properly? I need to do this in a span of 4 months for spring semesters classes so I can receive accommodations. Is this asking too much? Will it be too quick? [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Aug 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Is it a bad idea to submit my psychiatrist visits to my insurance?

I'm seeing a psychiatrist. I'm paying for it up front through my HSA and not submitting it to my insurance company. I switched to a new practice recently and because it's more expensive, I wonder if I should submit these claims to my insurer. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2013 - 8 answers

In a state of utter confusion

My adult daughter was diagnosed very quickly by a psychiatrist with bi polar disorder. It isn't that I disagree, but unfortunately I'm concerned that she is showing signs of antisocial personality disorder....She cycles about every three months having at least 2-3 mini rage episodes a month. She told me today that she's scared because of thoughts she is having. She lives with me, as do her two amazing kids. Her ability to care for them on her own is out of the question in my opinion based on the fact that she has a pill addiction and has had 2 seizures over dosing. When things are bad she goes to the doctor, has good intentions, gets back on a "good" track when things are bad she is not capable of being a loving mother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Having a bit of a mental health crisis, not sure what to do next

I've hit a low and am considering psychiatric hospitalization, but none of the psychiatrists in my area seem to treat the condition that seems to be at the heart of my problems (ADHD). I'm also very, very depressed. What can I do to get through the next hours, days and weeks? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking for information on teating a psychiatrist a with mood disorder

Are there any psychiatrists or literature about treating psychiatrists with mood disorders? I am looking for a referral or anybody who can give some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice on at least getting an IEP for a sweet kid with OCD

A young junior high aged relative (a cousin’s daughter) has severe OCD with compulsions related to checking and handwriting plus obsessions related to harm/avoiding harm. Immature coping skills/tendencies in many of the adults around her mean that her home life is chaotic at best. She does not have an IEP or adequate mental health services. At the strong recommendation of a regular pediatrician, my cousin did go to the school and attempt to request help/changes. This was a huge step for my cousin given that she also has severe OCD, is very avoidant, and has a lot of shame. She was largely dismissed by a teacher and a principal who said that there was “nothing wrong” that wasn’t due to “home life” and that the child just “needs to work faster”. [more inside]
posted by shylady on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Are you a neuroscientist? Happy in academia? Want to do science...

So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine on May 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Going to the mental health clinic, what can I expect in the time ahead?

I made an appointment at a local clinic. Assuming things start well (right Dr.+ right drugs). What can I expect 2-3 years down the road? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Where did you go?)

A year after a run-in with some crazymeds, my emotions still feel numbed out. The meds are out of my system; what gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

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