The relationship between you and your psychiatrist is a very special one. He wields the power of medications that very well may help you. It is important to find a psychiatrist you click with. I say this from experience, having had both good and bad ones. Now, you will most likely never be as close to them as you are your therapist (unless he or she is also your therapist), but you should feel comfortable when you see them during the inevitably brief visits.
Because a psychiatrist is in charge of your medication management there will be a lot to discuss – the pros and cons of certain medications, how the meds are affecting you, any side effects, etc.
I’ve talked about the myriad side effects I’ve dealt with in the past and for each of them, I had to talk to my psychiatrist. It is okay to feel uncomfortable to bring up certain side effects like constipation or a challenged sex drive. These aren’t things you normally talk to about with a man you see once a month for 15 minutes. But he (or she) isn’t just a man, he is your doctor. He won’t know if things aren’t going smoothly unless you tell him. Those are your 15 minutes, use them!
There are a lot of medications out there and newer ones are popping up all the time. For me, a nasty side effect went away just by switching antidepressants. Don’t feel like you should suffer any more than you have to. Finding the rights meds is tricky, but you will never find something that truly works for you if you don’t talk to your doc.
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Last reviewed: 21 Jul 2014