Our expert says:
Remind him that though the doctor he saw was a psychiatrist, this means that the psychiatrist he saw, was a doctor. Its a pity you felt it necessary to mislead him, as this could cause avoidable problems. You can also tell him, on behalf of us head-shrinkers, that so many of our patients remain big heads, that it's clear our actual skill is in managing real, medical illnesses that involve the head's main function.
The psychiarist ought to see you or speak to you, too, to discuss, based on what she now knows about him, how you could best help.
You dont mention what treatment has begun, but if he has started on an antodepressant or similar medicine, encourage him to take it exactly as prescribed, and don't let him give up. Although he's allowed to start feeling a bit better within days, it usually takes at least 2 weeks for the full effects to become more obvious, and giving up before then is obviously not at all a good idea. Similarly, remaining on whatever AD ( there may indeed need to be a trial of more than one to find the one that best suits his unique brain chemistry ) for at least some 9 months, to reduce the risk of relapse.
I appreciate Liza's points. I think we need an update to the Treaty of Utrecht, whereby if people stop calling us headshrinks, trickcyclists and similar rude terms, we will continue to refuse to call people loonies - which is the same sort of word as headshrink.
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