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Online RobbyR

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Psychiatrists' Personality
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:54:32 AM »
Am I expecting too much from my psychiatrist? I began seeing him in August, & interested to find out that he is also gay, so that made me feel more comfortable, our first visit went decent, he took time to ask me questions, what brought me in, etc..Then he began putting me on meds, so I was hopeful. The meds have made a big difference, I am Bipolar & have Anxiety, so they have helped me improve my life a great deal. But each visit since, my psychiatrist is very standoffish, barely spends more than 2-5 minutes with me, & seems very hurried & preoccupied. He basically just keeps his head buried in a notepad, barely looks at me, & comes off very standoffish.

I don't get it. I know psychiatrists aren't therapists, but given my mental health issues, shouldn't he spend a bit more time with me? My counselors & case workers have told me that it's kind of the nature of the beast, that most psychiatrists are like that..But I'm not so sure.

Don't get me wrong I'm grateful to be able to see a psych, my doctor basically got me referred to him on his/her friendship. I certainly couldn't have afforded to see one on my own, although now I am on the affordable care act (medicaid).

Btw, when my psych found out I'm now on the affordable care act, he seemed rather hostile to it, which I found strange.

Anyway, I'm a very intuitive person, & I just find it odd that he keeps his head buried in his notepad & basically just comes in & throws meds at me then leaves & doesn't even talk to me much.

I recently had what I think was a mild manic episode (even on meds) & I tried to tell him about it but he just threw a new med at me.

So what should I do? Should I stick him out for now? I'd hate to leave him & go to someone else who maybe was more personable but less likely to prescribe meds, which I definitely need for my issues. Thanks for any input.
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Psychiatrists' Personality
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 12:09:57 PM »
1) yes, if a psychiatrist is just keeping you on the same meds you've been on there's little to the visit than getting your refills. If you have some change that needs to be addressed then they will spend more time with you if there's a need to alter your medication.

2) are you supplementing all of this with regular therapy visits? If not, why not? That's really where gelling with your therapist's personality is more important.
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Offline mecch

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Re: Psychiatrists' Personality
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 01:44:42 PM »
There are psychiatrists who do talk therapy, all different kinds, and there are psychiatrists on staff in a heath care network with the job of prescribing and monitoring psychiatric drug treatment.

It sounds like you are hooked up to your psychiatrist through the prescription route.  If so, the both of you are not there for therapy, and that is the nature of the set up.

However, you are perfectly justified to communicate your observation about your relationship to him.  That doesn't mean he is going to be able to change anything, but you do have a right to expect some eye contact and a response to your observation. 

If you want therapy, you have to figure out what kind of therapist is available to you - via the ways that the therapist will be paid...

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