Posted by Christ_empowered on June 22, 2010, at 22:44:51
In reply to How many drugs..., posted by Conundrum on June 22, 2010, at 22:23:36
I wish I could say "after 4 drugs, your p-doc will listen to your suggestions," but...that's not the case. It depends on SO MANY factors. This is one reason I have serious problems with psychiatry and psychiatrists. Here are some factors that will affect the drugs you get:
1) your age 2) your race 3) your gender 4) your shrink's age, sex, and gender 5) when your shrink went to medical school 6) your previous diagnosis/diagnoses 7) your current diagnosis 8) your socio-economic status 9) whether you are dealing with a public health, prviate practice (insurance) or "self-pay" (no-insurance, out-of-pocket only) shrink. 10) history of substance abuse (and how your shrink views people w/ history of substance abuse) 11) your real or perceived risk of suicidal or violent behavior 12)what the drug companies are telling your doc (and how pretty the reps are)
So, there you have it.