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Is It Normal For Psychiatrists To Give You No Control In The Medication You Take?

Is It Normal For Psychiatrists To Give You No Control In The Medication You Take?

Hi I just wanted to ask other's experiences and opinions. Up until last year, I had believed that the drug or drugs you take are decided with mutual agreement between you and your Psychiatrist (unless you have been sectioned or hospitalised against your will for your own safety). My first psychiatrist took my suggestions and wishes into account on the medications I was prescribed, and I thought that was the norm, but the person I… read more

A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

stick to your guns. If a medication is not working for you then you have every right to ask for it to be changed. Do not be afraid to go back to that same center and see another provider. Be upfront and ask them first off about that. If they are not willing to work with you when it comes to the medication that you are taking then they are not doing their job. You can report them to the center's director or even the local Medical society or licensing agency in your area.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

The psychiatrist can NOT force you to take any ANY medication that is totally unprofessional and unethical. I don't know who you report him to but he needs to be reported. Call the hospital that he is affiliated with and ask for the medical board. Tell them what happened.
It should be the same as any doctor you may or may not take the medicine he/she prescribes. You might rip up the script he/she gave you and never go back. Or as you did say it's NOT WORKING. Change to something else. They(psychiatrists) do not have the power to force you to take anything against your will! God this burns me up! Good luck to you. I admit that psychiatrists can be intimidating but they are not gods. Let us know how this goes.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

It's not the normal practice to do things against your will but only if they think your in danger or your a risk to others then they can only do that but they need some sort of documentation to say they can do that I think but if that's not the case them they cant make you do anything that you dont wanna do

posted over 1 year ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

I think what @A MyDepressionTeam Member said is spot on. I'm not necessarily sure the Dr needs reported for he/she really did nothing wrong, other than having bad bedside manner, but it sounds as if you don't have a good working relationship with your Dr. It may be wise to look for another one. One who will listen to and address your concerns. However, if you feel the Dr needs reported that is your right, but I wouldn't expect much to come of it. He can prescribe whatever he wants he can't force you to take it.

posted over 1 year ago
A MyDepressionTeam Member said:

It is difficult to find a good doctor like anything else in life. My experience is that a doctor should always listen to their patient so they both have an equal say in the matter. For anything to work between two people it must always be a team effort. Bottom line it is your brain & body that is under going treatment so I feel it is the patient who should choose what course of treatment they would like to try since it’s all experimental. The doctor should give you options & help you become more
knowledgeable with what medications may help you. It is very important that the Patient should feel confident in whatever treatment is decided. This is my opinion.

posted over 1 year ago
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