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Anyone who is an MD can prescribe psychotropic drugs, and many family doctors do routinely write prescriptions for antidepressants and tranquilizers. However, if you want your treatment to be most effective, it's best to be under the care of a psychiatrist who is extensively trained and experienced in treating mood disorders. Asking your GP to prescribe antidepressants would be like asking him or her to prescribe insulin if you were diabetic - sure, s/he could technically prescribe it, but you'd most likely see an endocrinologist to treat your diabetes....Read More
YP AnswersFamily medicine is a practice that focuses on providing comprehensive health care services to families rather than specializing in one area or focusing on specific populations such as women or children. This practice arose in the 1960s when medicine was becoming more specialized. In essence, family practitioners are both internists (medical specialists for adults) and pediatricians (medical specialists for children). They train in a wide variety of areas, including pediatrics, internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, and psychiatry....Read More
YP AnswersFamily doctors meet a variety of medical needs and provide numerous services for families. However, they cannot treat everything, and might refer patients to a specialist for certain conditions like cancer....Read More
YP AnswersFamily doctors treat patients of all ages, from infants to senior citizens....Read More