What is Psychiatrist?

Category: Psychotherapy

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A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in treating mental health disorders. As part of their evaluation of the patient, psychiatrists may prescribe psychiatric medication, conduct physical examinations, interpret laboratory tests and electroencephalograms, and brain imaging results.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Major Depressive Disorder 83 45
Support mental / emotional health 82 46
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 63 18
Bipolar Disorder 58 22
Depressed mood 35 23
Mood 29 20

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 10
Mild 14
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psychiatrist

Side effect Patients
Disappointment 3
Panic attacks 3
Anxious mood 1
Bipolar Disorder 1
Body tremor 1
Diarrhea 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Psychiatrist

Dosage Patients
30 min monthly 4
120 min yearly 2
20 min monthly 2
45 min monthly 2
60 min monthly 2
30 min yearly 1
60 min yearly 1
80 min yearly 1
180 min yearly 1
15 min monthly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Psychiatrist

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 33
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 20
Expense 16
Felt finished with this treatment 15
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 15
Change in health plan coverage 7
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 7
Doctor's advice 7
Found another therapist or program I preferred 6
I didn't have enough time 4
No convenient appointments available 4
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Duration

Currently going to Psychiatrist

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 13

Stopped going to Psychiatrist

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 89
Usually 27
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 56
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 10
$50-99 9
$25-49 6
< $25 40
Not specified 52
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21 patient evaluations for Psychiatrist

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rodolptte24
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rodolptte24
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 4
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
39 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar II

See rodolptte24's full Psychiatrist history

Feb 13, 2014 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2009 (Started Dec 29, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 30 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I meet Dr. Saleem once a month and I always keep my appointments.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Jovem Soropositivo
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Jovem Soropositivo
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Mental Symptoms : none
Physical Symptoms : none
342
VL 0
I am: vg
I have:
HIV

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Sep 20, 2012 (Started Sep 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Mild Depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

Jul 10, 2012 (Started Sep 20, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Mild Depression)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
isilzha
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isilzha
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: Most
Stickman: most
Description:F43y
FM:13y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Jun 22, 2012 (Started Aug 20, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Major Depressive Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (PTSD triggers)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: I like that my psychiatrist is acutely active and engaged in my treatment. She is able to provide (brief) psychotherapeutic insights into some of the crises that arise. She also approaches it from a more holistic POV, double checking medication interactions, how the fibro is affecting me, pain levels, etc. in regards to the depression and dysthymia
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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