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Re: What do GP's really know? cubic_me

Posted by ace on October 17, 2003, at 3:11:37

In reply to Re: What do GP's really know? TonyIreland, posted by cubic_me on October 15, 2003, at 6:48:11

> 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.

Typical. It's very easy for a psychiatrist to put a person on a drug which posseses very little drug interactions and requires no lab monotoring. It suits them. Never mind the fact that the patient is not getting better!

> I have abit of a confilct with this because I'm in medical school and want to become a psychiatrist.

I'm on the eve of enetering medical school myself (got a few subjects to pass yet!)- I actually wanted to be a psychiatrist but have changed preference to neurology.

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.

I agree. And statistics show that psychiatrists have a high suicide rate, suffer from many of these disorders themselves (which isn't always a bad thing) and frequently abuse drugs. The psychiatrists I've met, both in a therapeutic context and personally, have, for the most part, been either grossly unethical or some of the LEAST caring people.

> 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.
> _me




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