Today I went to go to see my therapist. This is my 3rd therapist that I've had in my lifetime and I think that he is absolutely amazing!
When I first left Dartmouth on Medical Withdrawal back in 2015, I was thrown into the medical world with little guidance. I did not understand why I had to see two different professionals: a psychologist and a psychiatrist. Nearly 2-3 years later, I finally understand the biggest difference and I want to share it with you:
A psychiatrist can prescribe medicine, whereas a psychologist cannot. You go to the therapist to talk about your problems and he/she gives you strategies and techniques to cope, whereas the psychiatrist will prescribe medication.
As I have learned over the years, both people are important towards a road to recovery. Talking to someone about your problems is more than helpful. And taking medication really can help. I used to be against taking meds, but I understand the slightest bit of neuroscience to understand that my brain as a chemical imbalance that needs the aid of medications to help it rewire itself.
I hope this article was helpful and that you share this information with others.
If you are thinking of seeing a therapist at an affordable price, I would recommend Open Path Collective. A friend recommended this to me and I am so glad that she did!
In my next post, I will talk more about my own Bipolar Disorder.