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Re: What do GP's really know? TonyIreland

Posted by cubic_me on October 15, 2003, at 6:48:11

In reply to What do GP's really know?, posted by TonyIreland on October 14, 2003, at 18:22:51

Hi Tony,

I'm from England and saw my GP about depression. After about a month of treatment with Zoloft she decided it didnt work and sent me to see a psychiatrist. I really dont think I'm in need of a psychiatrist at the moment but I dont think she felt comfortable dealing with someone with suicidal ideation - even though she was a lovely person.

The psychiatrists I have seen have prescribed Effexor, but I get withdrawal syptoms like you describe if I am late taking a dose. They dont believe that Effexor causes withdrawal effects so they are about as useless as the GP. I've been on the same dose for 4 months with no improvement so I dont think they can be that interested in getting me better.

I have abit of a confilct with this because I'm in medical school and want to become a psychiatrist. But all those I've met seem to know nothing and treat their patients like they are just the next one on the convayer belt.

Have you asked for a second opinion or seen a different GP? That is perfectly within your rights. You could also be asked to be reffered to a psychiatrist if you would feel more comfortable with that.





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