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Saturday, May 22, 2010 AH, Community Member, asks

Q: Can your regular doctor prescribe these medications ?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
5/22/10 10:56am

Hello AH

 

The answer is yes.  The following comes from The National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI:  "According to the American Psychological Association, 70% of psychiatric medications are today prescribed by general practitioners. General practitioners have extensive medical and pharmacology training, but may have limited training in psychiatry and psychopharmacology."

 

So while your GP can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication...it may be worthwhile to see a psychiatrist who has more knowledge of how the medication will affect you and about precautions.

 

Hope this helps!  Thank you for your question.

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By AH, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 05/22/10