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Re: Psychiatrist or not? jono_in_adelaide

Posted by zonked on June 29, 2011, at 10:01:08

In reply to Psychiatrist or not?, posted by jono_in_adelaide on June 29, 2011, at 1:26:28

> I suffer from anxiety, panic disorder and depression...... reasonably well controlled on
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> Sertraline 100mg om
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> Reboxetine 4mg bid
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> Alprazolam 1mg bid - tid
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> Risperidone 1mg nocte
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> I have recently moved to a new (much smaller) town to get my life back on track (its a bit of a boom town, so easier to get back into professional work here...... my career fell apart when I went crzy)
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> It seems however, that medical specialists of all sorts, including psychiatrists, are in very short supply here, and my GP has more or less asid that they have their hands full dealing with psychotic patients, and thet most neurotic spectrum disorders need to be managed by a GP, with review by a psychiatrist perhaps if anything changes.
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> Given that my psychiatrists appointments were once every 3 months, and consisted of him askinhhow I was, me saying not bad, him asking if anything in particular was worrying mer, him saying no, then him writing a prescription, should I be worried about letting a GP manage my case?

I don't know about your country, but in the US most antidepressant prescriptions are written by GPs. If you're doing fine on the meds you're taking now, you shouldn't have any trouble getting refills. If it's time to change something and your GP doesn't seem to know what he's doing, I would appeal to your government and ask to see a psychiatrist. Your posts here indicate a great deal of insight and knowledge, let us know how you do. Best of luck, -z


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