Re: What's a psychiatrist role?
First, it is illegal for a prospective employer to ask if you ever saw a psychiatrist or therapist, or ever took antidepressants. Some jobs might require a physical exam, but that doctor wouldn't be allowed to tell the employer any of that. They're only supposed to tell the employer if you meet the physical requirements of that job or not. Make sure you sign the privacy papers at all our your doctor's offices, saying that you do not allow them to share your medical information with anyone else.
And if an employer did get into your health records, seeing a psychiatrist wouldn't look any worse than seeing a therapist or taking antidepressants.
If you're still depressed ( and suicidal!) after all this time, I would definitely consider changing medications and/or therapists. A psychiatrist would be much more knowledgable than a regular doctor, especially about new medications and how to combine medications to suit your exact needs. I had to try 4 different antidepressants before I found the best one for me. Also there are many different kinds of psychotherapy, and some therapists are better than others.
Psychiatrists mainly manage medications, but some psychiatrists do some counseling, especially with new patients. They might also be able to recommend some other therapy options for you. Don't hesitate to get the help you need.
TIP: Most psychiatrists in my area have a long wait time (2 months!) to get the first appointment. If you're feeling suicidal, don't feel ashamed to tell the nurse when you call to make the appointment. It could get you in much faster.
Last edited by lucylucy; 09-21-2008 at 11:18 PM.