Take them to a psychiatrist first?

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Take them to a psychiatrist first?
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Fri, 10-08-2010 - 7:17am

You got a problem with your kid?

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 12:37pm

Well, Rose, you know my opinIon. I find it strange that Americans can call up a specialist,without a referral. Seeing a specialist should be reserved for those who need that specialized expertise, serious cases.

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Fri, 10-08-2010 - 4:51pm
mom_iteadrinker wrote:

Well, Rose, you know my opinIon. I find it strange that Americans can call up a specialist,without a referral. Seeing a specialist should be reserved for those who need that specialized expertise, serious cases.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 6:30pm

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 7:31pm

BTW, how many primary care physicians have warned you or your family that ibuprofen (Advil, et.al.) can cause heart attack, which they have known since at LEAST 2003, and that recent studies show risk even in HEALTHY people with no previous heart problems?

(2010) http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-06-11-nsaids-heart_N.htm

(2008) http://www.newsinferno.com/legal-news/daily-ibuprofen-ups-heart-attack-stroke-chances/

(2007) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1547672/High-doses-of-ibuprofen-raise-heart-attack-risk.html

(2005) http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/25953.php

(2003) http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/02/14/health/main540617.shtml

OR that acetaminophen (Tylenol, et. al.) is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the Western world?

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Sat, 10-09-2010 - 7:55am

Absolutely agree, the "safe" meds like acetaminophen, ibuprophen and even aspirin can cause dangerous side effects (aspirin can cause all kinds of bleeding issues, including gastric ulcers, gastric bleeding and allergic reactions when taken at recommended doseages. http://www.drugs.com/sfx/aspirin-side-effects.html)

My point was, if my kid MIGHT have any of the aphabet soup of disorders that kids are diagnosed with (ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, etc), the first stop should not be a psychiatrist's office for a pill that will provide a quick fix for the problem, because 1. the side effects of that pill could leave one worse off than one started, and 2. the psychologist can not only do the testing that can identify the issue, but can also develop a behavioral and counseling plan of care that can make it much more manageable without popping a pill into the kid's mouth.

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Sat, 10-09-2010 - 9:43am

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Sat, 10-09-2010 - 9:48am

"BTW, how many primary care physicians have warned you or your family that ibuprofen (Advil, et.al.) can cause heart attack, which they have known since at LEAST 2003, and that recent studies show risk even in HEALTHY people with no previous heart problems?"

MINE DOES. My GP, as is most GPs here, are charged to take care of the total health of their patients. They read medical literature and the alerts from the College of Physcians.

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Registered: 04-13-2010
Sat, 10-09-2010 - 2:31pm

I've read many posts here and even with my own personal experiences with my own son, I would hesitate to tell someone to run to a psychiatrist. Having said that, just as there are many individuals who

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 10-10-2010 - 2:41am

It's a shame that has been your experience Rose.

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Sun, 10-10-2010 - 10:13am

I'm glad you had a good experience with psychiatrists sabr, I really am. However, not all psychiatrists are of the calibre of the one's you've experienced... and when you live in an urban area I think it might be easier to find a good one, if for no other reason than they keep each other honest.

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