What should I do if talking to a psychiatrist was of no help to me?

First let me clarify the difference between psychiatrists and psychotherapists. I don’t know the situation in other countries, but the
vast majority of psychiatrists in the USA focus on the prescribing and managing of psychotropic medication. They are generally not trained in various methods of talk therapy, and don’t do it nearly as much as psychotherapists. Psychotherapists, who might be mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers trained in psychodynamic or behavioral or other modalities of psychotherapy, are specifically trained to work with patients using some manner of talk therapy. That said, there are some psychiatrists who are trained in talk therapy as well, and who do it very well.

Regardless of what kind of mental health professional you saw, it’s important to find one who is a good fit for you. They are not all the
same. Some are more skilled, some are less skilled, and some individuals will click better with /you/. If you found that one was of no help to you, after seeing them for a while, since it would be unrealistic to expect significant change after a few weeks, it makes sense to find another.

As a parallel, if you have physical illness and go to a medical doctor who is not helpful, the logical thing would be to try to find another
one who is. Now, if after 20 years, and 20 doctors, you found that none were helpful. I’d understand you might want to give up on the medical profession, and try some alternatives. Maybe it would take half that time and number of doctors, and maybe you’d try other things while you were seeking out a new doctor.

The point is you really need to find a provider who is good for you. This is not always an easy thing. You also should realize that no matter who you see, whether it be for your mental or physical health, you will still need to do the heavy lifting. Taking a medication or the 45-minute session is only one piece of your treatment. All the rest is determined by you.

2018-06-19T01:24:55+00:00 March 9th, 2018|