i am new to the psychiatry field as i have not had any mental issues in my family except for one aunt who suffers from some mild depression (i didn't even know she suffered until my mom told me when i was an adult) so i am wondering if anyone can help me out...any help will be much appreciated!
i am inquiring about my 11 year old daughter who is having some depression, mood, anxiety, eating issues. All of this has came after she has had some stomach tics and weight loss. We (docs and parents) are still trying to figure out if all is related or what exactly is going on. My question is What is the difference between a psychiatrist and therapist. I think pscyh are MDs who prescribe meds and thera are Phd who dont prescribe meds but what else?? I started first taking her to psych to deal with everything as recommended by another doc and i thought my daughter would get some therapy and get to "talk" to someone who is trained in this area. However, first visit we were there for 3 hours and the pscyh talked a lot about family history and things going on (i know this is important too but when will the therapy start i am thinking), next visit almost the whole hour talking about Prozac pro and cons of it again not much therapy, right? i ask about the therapy and she says yes we will put her on the list (find out weeks later the list is pretty long and i called another therapist). i guess the next visit, there was some therapy done with the pscyh because she did talk with my daughter alone for a little while. all of these appts are like 2-3weeks apart. now we have been to the therapist a few times, she seems she wants to meet once a week so far. boy, does that one hour go by fast and it is expensive!!
am i doing the right thing? would it be better to have the pscy and thera in the same office? to me it seems it would but does that matter?
again any help/advice would be great and i can give more info if anyone needs it to answer my question! thanks in advance!