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Re: New ? therapist

Posted by Danny on June 21, 1999, at 3:09:12

In reply to New ? therapist , posted by jane on June 20, 1999, at 21:58:35

I will start by telling you I have a low opinion of psychiatrists-as-therapists. The good ones know drugs and can diagnos some serious disorders, but they have extremely limited therapeutic ability. They are good at stating the obvious, overcharging and generally wasting time. I have had much better luck with non-md therapists, but finding one that suits you can be tricky. It really requires you to trust your instincts. When you find the right one, however, you can get a very good mixture of objectivity, wisdom and emotional support. Something will happen; you won't just sit there feeling like you're wasting time and money. The two (therapist & psychiatrist) should be used as complementing specialists. In my experience, neither one knows much about the other field. This is tricky and requires you to become you're own case manager. Unfortunately, that's the way it's set up.

Best of luck

> I wrote in April to say I was struggling trying to relate to a new pdoc (old one retired). I received some very helpful advice from Victoria (et al), and tried to follow thru with the dialog with the new MD.
> Well, since then I changed drugs to celexa (ok,but get migraines) - but I still can't relate to this guy.
> Shouldn't I feel SOMETHING? I keep saying that I don't feel there is anything in particular to talk about,
> and that I haven't a clue what direction we''re going
> and I question what if anything I'm accomplishing.
> HE always says that issues may come up if we keep talking and that he thinks "we" are making progress.
> I just don't get it - after a year and 28 visits shouldn't I have a clue about direction, accomplishments, something? Shouldn't I feel something? Anything? Any suggestions?




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