Interested to hear from Adelaide parents on how you find a good psychiatrist.
We have struggled with our daughters mental health for a couple of years. She has just turned 16. Last year our GP suggested to us that she would try to manage our daughters prescription for anti-depressants, as she said it is so hard to find and get in to a good psychiatrist who specialises in teenagers. She started us on an antidepressant, and then when that made her way too sleepy after a few months she put her on a different antidepressant ... but now that is making her narcoleptic also. We are going back to the GP later this week when she can fit us in, but she has already said she doesnt know where to turn to next.
Our psychologist has recommended Headspace, but their psychiatrist only sees people who are currently seeing their own psychologists.
Is anyone using a really good Adelaide-based psychiatrist that they can recommend? I can pass this on to our GP to refer us to. Surely there must be some parents on this forum who have gotten some success from a local psychiatrist that they can share. If there is any weirdness about naming medical professionals in the forum then please private message me, I will be so grateful to anyone sharing with me.
Unfortunately my daughter is pretty shy of medical professionals by now, so ideally if there is someone who (a) specialises in teens, (b) is preferably not too crusty/pompous/weird and can relate well to a 16 year old angsty girl, and (c) is recommended, and (d) can help us trying some different meds til we find one that works.
We found our current psychologist through a recommendation from a friend (after trying several unsuccessfully) so I'm hoping this might be a good way to go for a psychiatrist. I'm sure the medical profession will be horrified at this "doctor shopping" but really I'm horrified that our medical professionals dont seem to be able to point us in the right direction.
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