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08/27/2016
By: Tyffani C.
Peninsula Hospital
Staff was very friendly, however, the NP I saw for my Panic Disorder, he was nice but wasn't willing to put me on meds I have been on in the past for anxiety and panic attacks that actually work. Instead they want to put you on meds made for depression (Zoloft) and an antihistamine for immediate relief instead of Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin....things actually made for anxiety. I left with more anxiety then I walked in with. You go to people for actual help and leave feeling worse then you walked in. I don't mind trying the Zoloft, but giving me antihistamine meds in place of Valium or Xanax, which is made for instant anxiety relief, that's just crazy. I'm going to try this stuff because it was given to me and so I can say I actually tried it, but I have no clue why, when I say I have issues with taking things I've never had, it's part of my anxiety, why they would give me two things I've never taken before; one of which is made for itching relief. In my opinion, they don't listen.
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A child psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in issues that affect the mental and emotional health of children and teens. Child psychiatrists can provide treatment for children and teenagers who suffer from depression, autism, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, drug addictions, eating disorders, mood disorders, and a wide range of behavioral problems.
Psychiatrists typically ask questions that focus  on the issues that are having a negative effect on your life. In an initial visit with a psychiatrist, you may be asked about symptoms you've experienced, and ways in which you've tried to deal with them. You might be asked about current and past medical conditions, as well asa family health history.
A referral is an authorization from your doctor saying that a certain type of treatment is medically necessary, and it's usually required if you want your insurance company to cover the costs associated with a visit to a psychiatrist. If you don't have insurance, a referral is not required to schedule a psychiatrist visit.
Psychiatrists and psychologists sometimes collaborate, and this typically takes place when working with patients who have serious mental health problems. In cases like this, a psychologist will treat the patient from a behavioral perspective. A psychiatrist will complement this treatment with care that handles issues concerning biology, neurology, and the prescription of drugs.
Many psychiatrists specialize in treating certain conditions. Some psychiatrists focus on substance abuse therapy, and this is the treatment of addiction to substances like alcohol, narcotics, and tobacco. Others specialize in biological psychiatry, which is the treatment of brain chemistry disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Psychiatrists might also specialize in treating elderly patients or children and adolescents.

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