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Ask The Therapist: Psychiatrist Talks To Mom And Ignores Me

Q: I have bipolar disorder, along with ADHD and OCD. Recently, I have started going to see a psychiatrist about my issue. But when I go to her, I feel as though she doesn’t ask ME how I am, she asks my mother. There are so many issues I need to tell her, but I simply do not feel like I can. I am worried about myself. All I want to do is lay in bed. Please, tell me what I need to do to tell her about my issues. I tried writing them down to tell her, but I did  get the chance, because she only had a 2min session with me, after talking to my mother. Help!

A: It’s all right to ask for some time alone with your psychiatrist so you can talk with her directly and share what’s really going on. It makes sense that she’s including your mom in the initial session since you’re still a minor, but not in every session. I’m curious if the psychiatrist is prescribing medication only, or doing medication management and therapy? If she’s doing meds only, you may want to get a psychotherapist who will go into more depth with you individually.

Take good care of yourself!

Julie Hanks, LCSW

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