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"Do doctors diagnose mental problems?"
If I have a mental problem or if I think that I have a mental problem (like depression for example) should I go to my family doctor? Can he help me or will I have to go see a psychiatrist??
Going to see your family doctor or your primary care doctor would be a perfectly good place to start. Primary care doctors routinely deal with common psychiatric or mental problems, such as anxiety, depression, or panic attacks. Most primary care doctors treat these condition on a daily basis and would be very comfortable helping you. To start with, your family or primary care doctor will be able to listen to the symptoms you are experiencing and ask you some questions to help figure out what the extend of your problem is. Based on what they discover and if they diagnose a particular problem, they may recommend a range of potential therapies, which could include counseling or therapy as well as various medications. If they feel that your case is very complicated and requires specialty input, they may also recommend that you go to see a psychiatrist for additional help. However, most of the time, common psychiatric conditions can be treated quite well by your primary doctor! The important thing is to make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. They can definitely help you figure out what is going on and provide you with the help you need. Good luck!
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