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When to Consider a Second Psychiatric Opinion

When to Consider a Second Psychiatric Opinion

Psychiatrists have to go through years of training to earn the right to practice. And while you should place some degree of trust in your psychiatrist’s experience and education, you may reach the point when a different approach could be beneficial.

Here are some signs that you should seek out additional counsel. 

As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele of Genesis Psychiatric Solutions provides a second opinion for patients who are unsure if their diagnosis is correct or who want to consider different treatment options.

Reasons to consider a second opinion

You are entitled to as many consultations and evaluations as you feel necessary, but you might feel hesitant to ask for one. It’s normal to doubt yourself, especially when it comes to your mental health. Here are a few signs that you should look into getting a second opinion

You’re not responding to prescribed treatments

Trusting in the process is one thing, but if you feel like you’re wasting time waiting for results, it might be time to consult with someone else to find new solutions. 

Your diagnosis is uncertain 

Misdiagnosis is not unusual in the psychiatric field, and some psychiatrists actually recommend second opinions when diagnosing certain disorders. If you still feel in the dark about what you’re experiencing, talking to another psychiatrist can help you gain clarity. 

Your doctor is not a specialist in your condition 

Not all psychiatrists are equipped to handle certain disorders, and each one has their strengths and weaknesses. If your current psychiatrist is inexperienced in treating your condition, it might be best to ask for a referral. 

Finding the right psychiatrist 

As a patient, it’s important that you understand the training and thought that goes into the diagnostic process and stay open-minded to your psychiatrist’s observations. 

It’s difficult to accurately diagnose and treat mental health disorders, and every doctor relies on a different set of skills, education, and experiences to inform their decisions. 

You deserve to feel confident in your course of treatment and your prescribed medications, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion to confirm a previous diagnosis. It doesn’t mean you don’t trust your current doctor. It’s just a way to get peace of mind. 

If we do arrive at a different diagnosis, we explain why and even give you your records to discuss with your original doctor, if needed.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Olele, call our location closest to you or request an appointment online. We have offices in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Dr. Olele can also deliver services via telemedicine.

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