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Re: What do GP's really know?

Posted by ace on October 15, 2003, at 2:34:30

In reply to Re: What do GP's really know?, posted by stjames on October 14, 2003, at 19:35:47

> I was on 150mg a day - so day 1 i took 150mg, day 2 i took 75,day 3 nothing, day 4 75, day 5 nothing and then nothing for another two days and started celexa today. But other doctors have said wean over a period of a month some cases 2 or 3 months - i really dont think GP's know what they are talking about at all!!
> Nor should they or be expected to. They are generalists and mental health (if serious)
> requires a specialist.

Huh...GP's don't know what they are talking about? That's a huge generalization. GP's can be far better than any psychiatrist. Just like a certain psychiatrist can be far better than a GP.

I think GPs definately should play a role in mental health. And I actually think psychiatry, as a medical speciality, should be no more. There is no blood tests, smears, xrays. Nothing.
That's not to say I don't believe these disorders exist- I think they do. But they represent unspecified shifts in brain chemistry. Labels don't do a great deal. Their can be an infinite amount of shifts in chemistry- which give rise to disorders which defy a neat diagnostic criteria.

About weaning off Effexor- it's actually hard for the doctors too. Some folks have no probs weening off in short periods whilst others have probs when weened off real slow.

Psychiatrists typically start people on too higher doses and ween off too fast.




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