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arrow When do psychiatrists use medications?

In the same way that your family doctor can prescribe medications to help patients with high blood pressure or thyroid problems, psychiatrists can prescribe a number of medications that are effective against mental illnesses such as depression, manic-depression, panic disorder, anxiety disorders,
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arrow When is medication helpful?

Medications are useful and helpful in many instances when an evaluation suggests that medications may correct imbalances in brain chemistry, which are thought to be the cause of many mental disorders. A full psychiatric and medical evaluation and consideration of the potential benefits and risks of
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arrow How do I select a psychiatrist for myself or a family member?

For an adult:

Adults who wish to obtain psychiatric help may want to start by conferring with his or her own general practitioner. The doctor will probably want to perform a thorough physical evaluation to check whether any physical problems may be the cause or a
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arrow What questions should I ask before making a choice?

Once you have the names of potential psychiatrists, you may want to talk to them or a staff member over the phone to choose the most appropriate one.

Here are some questions you might want to ask:

1. What is your location and appointment availability?

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arrow What questions should I ask after the initial consultation?

1. What is the diagnosis?

2. What treatment plan do you recommend?

3. How long will treatment take? When will we know it's time to stop treatment?

4. Will you or someone else conduct the treatment? If someone else, does that person work for you or would
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arrow How do I find a support group in my community?

Many people find peer support a helpful tool that can aid in their recovery. There are a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends. Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.
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