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Old 04-14-2008, 08:18 PM   #1
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Can a general practitioner diagnose?

I had a dr. appt today to try to get some help with what I thought was simple anxiety. After a lengthy interview, she suspects bipolar. She told me some of the symptoms and I spoke to my husband about it. We are thinking she may be right.

She wants me to see a psychiatrist asap, however ALL of the places I called today were either not seeing new patients or had waiting lists months long!! I have a followup with my general pract. on Monday and I am wonering if she would be able to prescribe/diagnose me (at least until I can see a psychiatrist).

This is so frustrating. I feel like I am finally figuring out what is wrong with me, but I can't get any help for it!

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Old 04-15-2008, 07:12 PM   #2
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Re: Can a general practitioner diagnose?

They can and do treat depression/anxiety, and any number of other mental health issues. I am guessing the worst she can do is prescribe you some low doses of meds known to help and get you started. Better that than wait several months to begin treatment. Keep us posted.

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Re: Can a general practitioner diagnose?

A GP can DX but honestly for BiPolar it's not the best recommendation. GP's are notorious for sticking BiPolar patients on anti-depressants, which generally tend to make us worse instead of better. I don't think they do it with the intention of doing us harm, I think they just aren't trained to understand the nature of the disease, like a pdoc is. Ask your GP for help in finding a pdoc, see if she can refer you to one that might have an opening.

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