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Old 07-08-2013, 07:04 PM
 
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Suppose someone needs to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist so he can finally know what mental disorder or personality disorder he has.

But he does have some sort of social anxiety problem ... so the standard way of going by "word of mouth" isn't going to work because he doesn't know anyone, let alone anyone who is familiar with psychiatrists.

So he's stuck just picking a name out of a hat and possibly getting a useless diagnosis from a quack ?

So there is no solution to this conundrum.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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First, check your insurance to see who is a provider.
Then, find someone close to your home and convenient with your hours.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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First, check your insurance to see who is a provider.
Then, find someone close to your home and convenient with your hours.
Yes do this ^^^^^ or you can make an appt with your primary care physician, and tell them what's going on, and they will make a reccomendation to a psychiatrist who is covered by your insurance. They will call you back usually within a week or two, to schedule an appt.

Best of luck to you!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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First, check your insurance to see who is a provider.
Then, find someone close to your home and convenient with your hours.
So that's essentially picking a name out of a hat.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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Yes do this ^^^^^ or you can make an appt with your primary care physician, and tell them what's going on, and they will make a reccomendation to a psychiatrist who is covered by your insurance. They will call you back usually within a week or two, to schedule an appt.

Best of luck to you!!
That may be the best bet, although I'm in between doctors. ... Quit my last doctor & don't have one right now. ... I'm really on square one.

But thanks, this helps, someone I know did recommend a primary care doctor. But I've been too socially anxious to call up for an appointment yet. ... I think I'll start by going there . ...
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:37 PM
 
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Seeing a psychiatrist that is right for a person frequently requires trying more than one to get the right fit. This also applies to medications. It's not a cut-and-dried process. Even seeing one that was recommended by a friend is no guarantee for rapport.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:09 AM
 
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Suppose someone needs to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist so he can finally know what mental disorder or personality disorder he has.

I agree with what has been said about trial and error. I was very lucky to find a family doc that has been my doctor for 20 years.

I hope that you also have an open mind to seek treatment. You don't mention that in your post.

It isn't just about knowing. Going to see a Pdoc means taking meds usually. Make sure you are open to that.

I'm not sure the value of a diagnosis just for that sake.

If you are close to finding a new doctor you may want to wait. Talking it over with a general doc gives them an opportunity to suggest a pdoc that fits your particular need.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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After calling your ins. and finding a approved doc,I would screen them and ask them how many patients like you have they seen?
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