How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

December 1, 2014 8:41 PM

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When you come to a psychiatrist's office for the first time, you often do not know what to expect. Am I going to ask you to lie down on my couch? Are we going to talk about your childhood, your parents or your nightly dreams? Sometimes this unknown keeps those in need from getting help. There is a stigma that mental illnesses are somehow different from physical illnesses. I want to use this post to lift the veil on what going to a psychiatrist entails.

If you have never been to a psychiatrist, it may surprise you to find that the first visit in my office is a very similar experience to other medical professionals that you may have seen in the past. I start off by reminding my patients that everything we discuss is confidential, unless what they di...

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