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Old 07-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #1
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Can a therapist prescribe anti depressants

Hi Ya, can a therapist prescribe anti depressants?
If they cant, which type of doctor prescribes them.

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Old 07-06-2006, 04:32 PM   #2
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Re: Can a therapist prescribe anti depressants

I don't think so, at least not in Canada. As for meds I believe it is a psycologist but for some reason not a 100% sure

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Re: Can a therapist prescribe anti depressants

Prescribing antidepressants is just like prescribing any other drug. Must be done by a doctor. Any general family doctor can prescribe antidepressants, but many people see a psychiatrist (doctor specializing in mental stuff) for those prescriptions. Some psychiatrists also do therapy, but many therapists are either psychologists or social workers, and therefore cannot prescribe meds.

Old 07-06-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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Re: Can a therapist prescribe anti depressants

Yeah it might depend upon which country you're from. Here in the uk, for me at least, my psych sends a note to my doctor/gp who then writes the prescription for me.


Old 07-06-2006, 05:39 PM   #5
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Re: Can a therapist prescribe anti depressants

Just to clear something up...
"Therapist" is a generic word used to reference many types of clinicians. Psychiatrists, who are MDs, are sometimes called therapists and they can prescibe medication.
Other "therapists" include clinical psychologists (phd, psyd), social workers (licsw, sw, counselor) etc.--in most states they cannot prescribe medication; however, most offer referral services so you can see an MD (psychiatrist, general practioner etc) for short appts and do your therapy with someone else.
Hope this helps!

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