How can I see a psychiatrist?
To see a psychiatrist, you will usually need a referral from your general practitioner (GP), in the same way you would with any other specialist.
Within the NHS, most referrals will go to the mental health team.
Initially, you may be seen by a team member who is not a psychiatrist.
Do you need referral to see psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist earns a medical degree and can prescribe medication, as well as provide therapy. You typically don’t need a referral for a psychologist, but to see a psychiatrist, you will need a referral from your doctor.
Does seeing a psychiatrist go on your record?
Your Treatment Will Become a Pre-Existing Condition on Your Record. Any documented mental health treatment that is filed through your insurance will go on your permanent medical record.
How long does it take to see a psychiatrist?
Your first appointment with a psychiatrist will usually be 1–1.5 hours long. Your psychiatrist will: listen to you talk about your concerns and symptoms.
How do I find the right psychiatrist?
Below are some of the steps you can take to find the right psychiatrist for you.
- Step 1: Search. I started by seeing who is out there and compiling a list of potential doctors.
- Step 2: Screen. Once you’ve identified a doctor or multiple doctors, you still have to screen them.
- Step 3: Consult.