After an initial assessment we may recommend that you have an appointment with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists. The psychiatrist will discuss with you to understand how your difficulties have arisen and how they are impacting your life now, as well as asking you about any physical health problems you have had, so that an appropriate treatment package can be developed. With your consent, the psychiatrist will then write to your GP to ensure your care is delivered coherently and any overlap between your physical and mental health can be attended to.
A psychiatrist is different to a psychologist in that they are trained to prescribe medication. They are also trained to help rule out organic causes to mental disorders first, for example thyroid problems.
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