My rheumatologist referred me to clinical psychology as my pain is getting me down and I find it hard to get to sleep, stay asleep and get good quality sleep. But I don't know what to expect can anyone help I'm quite nervous?
I was diagnosed when I found out I had lupus. Your psychologist will ask you questions and you need to be honest with your answers. Then he will probably prescribe meds to help you slee. For example, I'm on cymbalta because not only is it a anti-depression medicine it also helps with body pain. I'm also on a drug called remeron that helps me to sleep to. I hope your appointment goes well.....BIG HUGS💜💜💜
Okay maybe I'm having brain fog but I have major depression, PTSD, OCD, and anxiety. I've seen both several times psychologist and psychiatrist. Psychologist help you to deal with things that are bothering you and making you depressed. They give you different ways to deal with things and coping skills.. plus you can vent. However, they can't prescribe medicine. If you need medication for depression she/he will refer you to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists help you get on some good meds after a quick assessment. She/He will proscribe meds and monitor you to see if they are working or if you're having a lot of side affects. If the meds dont work for you then she/he will keep trying until he/she find a medicine/s that will work for you. After that your primary doctor can start filling your prescription. They like you to come back ever 6 months. I never do unless my meds stop working. However, you can continuously see the psychologist you pick. You shouldn't be nervous it actually helps!☺