Users' questions

Should I get a second opinion psychiatrist?

Should I get a second opinion psychiatrist?

A patient who’s not confident with their psychiatrist’s diagnosis usually results in a lack of confidence in the medicine that has been prescribed. This becomes particularly relevant with complex conditions like bipolar II. If a single consultation leaves you feeling doubtful, a second opinion is highly advised.

Where can I get a second opinion about my mental health?

If you are with a mental health team such as a community mental health team (CMHT) you can ask your usual contact person there. If you are not with a mental health team you can ask your GP to refer you to a psychiatrist. You normally have to wait to see a psychiatrist. Waiting times can vary around the country.

Where can I get a specialist second opinion?

How you can get a specialist second opinion depends on who runs the service and who funds it. NHS ‘Tier 3’ specialist services are funded by the local CCG. NHS ‘Tier 4’ specialist services are funded by NHS England.

What can I do if my doctor won’t give me a second opinion?

Give the doctor more information to see if they will change their mind. An advocate might be able to help you with this. You can ask for a second opinion but you have no legal right to one. If your doctor agrees that a second opinion will help they will try to arrange one for you.

When to refer a patient to a psychiatrist?

Your GP should refer you to a psychiatrist if they think your condition is too severe for them to diagnose or treat. A psychiatrist is a consultant doctor who specialises in mental health conditions. Psychiatrists can diagnose mental health conditions and offer treatment for them.

Can a psychiatrist give you a second opinion?

Unfortunately, accurate diagnosis of several common conditions like depression, ADHD, and anxiety is extremely difficult without an independent medical second opinion. This is partly due to the fact that psychiatrists can have different opinions about such conditions and, therefore, the corresponding treatments.

When to seek a second opinion for a disease?

Some diseases begin with symptoms so subtle or common that they confound even experienced doctors. Other times, a patient knows exactly what’s wrong but can’t decide which treatment is best. Enter the second opinion. It’s never a bad idea to seek a second opinion, but if you receive one of these five diagnoses, it’s practically a must. 1.

Do you need a second opinion for depression?

Depression and Bipolar Disorder Primary care physicians often diagnose cases of depression, but sometimes a second opinion from a psychiatrist is in order.

Do you have the right to a second opinion?

You do not have a right to a second opinion, but you can ask for one. This section will also look at what your options are if you ask for a second opinion and do not get one. This section is for people with a diagnosed mental health condition and their carers. In this section ‘your doctor’ means your GP or psychiatrist.