Is this weird?

As odd as this sounds, I find it more comforting to talk to my psychiatrist (a medical doctor) than my psychologist (my therapist).

Most people would say the other way around. They would say how psychiatrists are stereo-typically pill producing machines, as they only see their patients for 10, 15 minutes to give their prescription while you really talk things through with your therapist.

Is it weird that I feel the other way around?

I feel like my therapist treats me like a “fragile flower” that can break anytime. He is gentle and calm. He watches for my emotions to change on what he says or do. He even gives me to describe my emotions by using the “inside out” characters chart to label my emotions rather ignoring them.

My psychiatrist on the other hand is more “real” with me. He doesn’t necessarily treat me like a “fragile flower” but puts reality into my head. He tells me what is wrong or right by giving me concrete examples of what is suppose to be like being on this treatment plan.

Am I the only one experiencing this?

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14 Replies to “Is this weird?”

  1. It makes sense. I have a long list of psychiatrists but they were always about telling me the truth. My therapist, and I love my therapist, always treats me like I am always fragile as well. She is very positive though. My newest psychiatrist is very “this is the way needs to be. We need to tackle the symptoms with these medications.” She is straightforward. I prefer it that way in my own recovery plan. Both psychiatrist and therapist have their strengths.

      1. I never really thought about like that, buys true the training and background are very important. I have had plenty of psychiatrists, almost 2 year since 2012 (I had the same one from 2007-1012) that all they care about is medications in and out in like five minutes.

      2. Maybe it’s different since I’m seeing a psychiatrist at my university health center, but the two i’ve seen block out 30 mins so I’m in there for a good amount of time! Do you think 5 mins is enough?

      3. No. It’s not. They were horrible temporary psychiatrists. I am part of my local behavioral health system. You really don’t get to choose you just get what is available. I have more good than bad.

      4. Gotcha. I was told by one psychiatrist that he doesn’t take insurance at his private practice and charges 500 per hour so I wasn’t sure how everyone can afford such $ like that..

      5. Yeah. The private doctors are pricey. In the beginning, before my first suicide I saw a private practice psychiatrist. He ended up making my suicidal thoughts worse and he charged me almost $400 and didn’t care I ended up in the psych ward. He wouldn’t come and visit me

  2. I think the level of rapport you have with a mental health professional is more about the individual person than it is about the kind of degree they have.

  3. I kind of experience this, too, and I think it’s because I only spend 15-20 minutes with my psychiatrist, as opposed to an hour twice a week with my therapist. My therapy sessions are more meandering and….organic…? My therapist is good–I don’t mean to sound like she isn’t–but, in contrast, I have to get to the point with my psychiatrist, and so I have to be brutally and succinctly honest. I can’t say, “I’ve had some bad days,” or nothing changes. I have to say, “I’m struggling, and I’m not all right, and something has to change.”

  4. Not at all. Feelings are subjective. When I feel this way, I ask myself, how come I am more comfortable with one and not the other.

  5. I would say that I get more out of talking to my psychiatrist. I have been working with her for many years and she knows me and my issues very well. I feel that we have developed a relationship that I haven’t developed with my therapist yet. My therapist is still good, mind you, we’re just not in the same place as I am with my psychiatrist.

  6. I don’t think it’s weird. But as a therapist, I’d suggest (though feel free to disregard because you didn’t ask me for a suggestion! 😁) that you talk to your therapist about this. Maybe s/he would benefit from knowing how the sessions make you feel. Maybe s/he would be able to make adjustments that would make the sessions more useful for you. It’s your time, after all.

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