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Choosing your psychiatrist wisely
June 23, 2005
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I am putting this question out for all since I have had friends who have asked; "what makes a good choice in a psychiatrist for counseling or making the decisions for which medication I should take?"

My experience with this has been that the psychiatrist usually does the medication treatment and counseling is primarily done through a psychologist or counselor. Different states have different requirements, I am sure.

I would think it would be best if they were AMA certified. I know that there are different sites that one can look up their qualifications, areas of practice and background, wheere they attended school, etc.

What are some better sites that will offer a quick and qualified sesarch of their qulaifications?

WD and CodaMom, hoping you two can give some input here. WD, is there any quick sure fire way to seek out the imposters from the authentic licensed ones, from your experience you can share?

I am hoping this thread may give some insight to others who may have questioned whether they have made a good choice, or have been referred to a good choice in a psychiatrist.

Thanks for any input here.

Sew

June 23, 2005
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Also a question:
If the Psychiatrist is listed as a "Pharmacist" in another state, and "Practice Area" is Psychiatry in another state...is this sometthing to be leery of?

SEW: GREAT THREAD!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

June 23, 2005
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Also, how would I find out if a psychiatrist is actually licensed?

June 23, 2005
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Well, in my state, the Department of Health allows you to look up the licenses of any professional online.

They do have to show you their license too.

A psychiatrist is an M.D., so they have to have a medical license.

Counselors can't prescribe meds, only physicians.

Seems like psychiatrists are quicker to reach for the chemical option than psychologists.

June 23, 2005
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Sew,

In my state, both psychiatrists and psychologists can prescribe meds, while psychologists also do psychometric testing (for things such as mental retardation, brain damage, neurological dysfunctions such as ADHD, etc.).

Most psychiatrists, being also M.D.'s, look at a client from the "medical model". However, in my opinion, what makes for a more accurate diagnosis is when the psychiatrist has the initial assessment done by a counselor or psychologist in order to include a person's behavior, life stage, environmental influences, etc.

I would imagine that a psychiatrist must be AMA certified, being a medical doctor as well.

At the clinic where I work, there is a full-time psychiatrist on staff. He meets with each client for about 15 minutes, using notes and assessments done by a counselor ahead of time. I'm not sure if this method is the same in each state, but in Maine it is common to do it this way because psychiatrists are spread pretty thin.

If I wanted to find a psychiatrist in my state, including any complaints, I would use:

"Maine Office of Licensing Regulation" as a search engine in Google.

Then click or search under "Medicine Board". It will list all medically-related licensees, addresses and complaints filed against them.

I'm not sure it would work for your state, but it is worth a try.

Blessings, CM

June 23, 2005
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Thanks all, this is vlauable information for me anyway. Will try these sites for my son...have a quack psychiatrist, and do not trust his credentials or management of my son or his business.

June 24, 2005
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Thanks all, hoping this will be useful for others here as well.

CM, what you described is exactly what I am familiar with.

WD and CM, yes, how could I have overlooked the State for listing of licensing? Right under my own nose and overlooked the first and simpliest item.

My question is also, do they Have to be AMA certified, or is this only an option and a preferred one at that? Or is AMA like having JACHO creditionals for the hospital or nursing home? Suggested, but not required?

OMW, hope you fine some good, solid answers. But at any time, if any professional is not easily available or if you do not feel comfortable with them, move on to someone else? This is your option, your health, or your son's health and of course, you as the consumer should have certain reasonable expectations that should be met. Remember, you are the consumer here, you are paying for certain services, and those sevices should met certain standards and guidelines.

This brings to mind, OMW, did this Dr. present to you the Patient Bill of Rights, sign papers for the Privacy Act? Maybe you can find some site that has the expectations of what a patient/consumer should expect from a psychiatrist? If I find any , will share, or perhaps others will as well. The best to you!

Sew

June 24, 2005
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Sew, none of the above was presented to me at the initial meeting, nor for my son for me to sign. RED FLAG.

This Dr. is moving across town which I refuse to drive too..so while my son is in CA I will search for another.

Thanks so much for evryone's help, I needed it!!

June 24, 2005
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OMW,

You may try a google search; how to find a qulaified psychiatrist, or questions to ask when seeking a qualified pychiatrist. Try different wording and see what you come up with?

Sew

June 24, 2005
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Sew,
Great idea, and a friend sent me some resources as well ..I'll be an exxpert by the time I have researched all of the info.

Thanks, appreciate the help!

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