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Re: psychopharmacologist vs. psychiatrist Phillipa

Posted by yxibow on April 19, 2009, at 23:29:10

In reply to Re: psychopharmacologist vs. psychiatrist Merge, posted by Phillipa on April 19, 2009, at 20:16:02

> Oh do I know the feeling. You'd think that all pdocs would have to understand how meds interact with each other and effect body systems. Phillipa

Doctors are trained in general medicine and then develop their specialties.

I'm sure your psychiatrist would know how an appendix removal procedure would go, but would you want someone who doesnt do surgery operating on you?

There's a line blurring between psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists -- mainly psychopharmacologists are better trained in polypharmacy and multiple-medication interactions. They have probably taken more courses and CEs in such matters than psychiatrists.

But I would say that all psychiatrists should know about the P450 system as much as psychopharmacologists.

As for neurology, that's really an outside consult, I don't think in either case that they would feel comfortable other than placing observation on neurological matters.

In that case, a neurologist is also a physician who would probably know things about psychiatry but is trained most in how to do a lot of neurological examinations.

-- Jay

 

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