Psychologist and Psychiatrist

March 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm (Uncategorized)

Many people do not know the difference between what a psychiatrist is and what a psychologist is. I am going to attempt to clarify the differences betweeen the two.

A psychiatrist can presribe you medication for a mental disorder. There is no real test that the doctor can give you to determine wether or not you have a mental disorder. At the first appointment, he or she will ask you a series of questions. The first time I went to see a psychiatrist, he asked me questions such as how often do you cry or have you ever thought about suicide. This process usually takes about 30 minutes. They might also ask you about your past and what is going on right now in the present. The doctor will then decide if they want to put you on any medication at all. The first medicine I was put on was Lexapro for anxiety and depression. It takes about 1-2 weeks for it to actually start working, if it works at all. I have been on Lexapro for about a year now and it has definitely helped me out. I still get sad from time to time, but I don’t get down all of the time like I use to. The doctor should tell you that you should also be going to counseling because medicine will not fix your problems. After my initial appointment, I went to the same doctor every month so that he could make sure that the medicine was working for me. The first appointment was for about 45min and the apppointments after that were 15min. The main thing we focused on was the medicine.

The psychologist is a different story. A psychologist or a therapist can not prescribe you medication. They are there to help you work through your problems. It was so crazy when I first started going to counseling. I thought that I would feel better right away, but the opposite actually happened. I found myself becoming drained of my emotions. She explained to me that this was normal and eventually it will get better. I only went to that counselor for a month because I did not feel like I was connecting with her. You may or may not find the right match the very first time. I really loved my second counselor. She worked with me a lot on my anxiety issues and I felt like she had a deep understanding of where I was coming from.

I hope that this information helps. I had to have a friend tell me the difference between the two, so don’t feel bad if you don’t know. It never hurts to ask.

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A normal day

March 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm (Uncategorized)

So for a sense of relief, today is a fairly normal day. I got up, got ready for work and now I’m working on my homeowork. Although at times with my schedule I feel like I take on so much that I have no time to go through my emotions. I’m working full-time and also going to school full-time. On top of that, I am seeing a counselor once a week and I also have a boyfriend that isn’t exactly mentally stable either. In a way I think it’s good that I keep myself so busy because it distracts me from the things that are really bothering me. The bad thing is, when I go to see my counselor and we talk about issues with my family, all of those emotions start rushing back to me at once. It is almost overwhelming to actually have to deal with my own feelings. After my second session with this particular counselor, I had a little bit of a break down. I was lying in bed just thinking about my brothers and what they had done to me in the past. I got this feeling inside of me that no one in the world even cared about me. I got out of bed, got a knife from the kitchen and then went back into my room. I started to rub the blade of the knife against my wrist. I finally put the knife down after a few minutes and just ended up crying myself to sleep. I was disappointed in myself because I have cut myself before and I made a promise that I would never do it again. Although I didn’t end of cutting myself that night, I was seconds away from doing it.

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Meds and drinks

March 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm (Uncategorized)

Why is it that we do things that we’re not supposed to do? Is that just human nature? I knew from the day that I started taking my medications that I wasn’t supposed to drink. Last Saturday I went out with a few friends to a club and I drank way too much. I can’t even tell you what I did the second half of the night because I don’t even remember. When you take an antidepressant and you drink on top of that, it’s almost as if you didn’t even take the medication because alcohol is a depressant. Even though I’ve put myself in the same situation a few times, when am I ever going to learn to stop? I need to worry more about being mentally healthy than drinking. I guess it’s hard because that’s what my friends do when they go out, they drink. No, they don’t pressure me, but I think I just want to let loose and have a good time too. I work full-time and go to school full-time, so they very few chances that I get to go out I do. I know that I can go overboard at times. I just need to make boundaries for myself. I know that I can go out and have a good time without getting wasted. In the end, I just want to be happy and healthy.

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