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:lol: I signed the paper that lets the therapist talk to the pdoc and now I'm all paranoid of what he's going to tell her. Argh. I don't know he could possibly say that I wouldn't say to her, but I guess it's insecurity... what if he says something bad?
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Both my tdoc and pdoc are in constant communication with each other, and the pdoc also updates my gdoc about my general progress. He generally writes to them after every session, while if I bring up something substantial during a session with my tdoc, she writes to my pdoc so he gets an idea of the context before my next meeting with him.

IMO there's nothing to be afraid about information sharing. They are firstly professional, and secondly, you do have the right to request them to show you their correspondence. Both my tdoc and pdoc have read out letters they have written to each other to me [although for some bizarre reason, unless I have a court order, I can't actually read them myself because technically they're not addressed to me]. They usually tell each other things you've already shared during the session, so when they read me the correspondence, the information was nothing new.

Occasionally I received some interesting news, like how my pdoc thought I was schizoaffective after our first meeting but wasn't entirely sure [back when my dx was still BP], but I've never received anything nasty. He just didn't bother emphasising his suspicion because I didn't press him and he didn't think it was important.

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I'm a HUGE believer in the whole idea of all of your different doctors being part of a 'team' designed to help you. My tdoc knows and talks with my pdoc regularly about me (I have signed off on everything). My GP and even my ob/gyn are also kept in the loop. Most important, though, is that every single medical professional I visit (including my dentist, orthodontis and eye doctor!) know exactly what medications I may (or may not, lol) be taking. To me, this is critical for preventing complications.

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I agree to some extent, but one time I did have a bad experience with that communication to prevent complications. One time quite awhile ago before I had a pdoc and my GP was taking care of my BP well during an appointment with my GP I told him that must have gotten to something at work or some where and I had completely lost my sense of smell well he sent me and chart across the street to the ear nose throat specialist well this guy did an exam and said that he didn't see any problems so I asked well what the hell could it be and not saying a damned word and holding my chat in his hand he pointed to his head well I was thoroughly embarrassed and got up and left and as of today I cant smell that well which works out sometimes

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I don't have a tdoc at the moment (I did for years in the past), but when I was 16 and going through a really bad psychotic episode my tdoc and pdoc communicated about me. My tdoc was the one I shared all of my delusions and hallucinations with and she really saw how bad I was getting (I was seeing her twice per week). I think if she hadn't been talking to pdoc, I might not have gone inpatient (well I probably would have but not as soon) and would either have gotten worse or committed suicide. I think it can be helpful so that everyone is on the same page, especially if your pdoc is mostly there for medication purposes, that way he/she will have a better idea of how you're really doing. Definitely ask to see/hear what they are sending to the other doctor if you're worried about it.

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Wait....they actually do this? Why don't they ALL do this? Why isn't this one of the first things discussed after they figure out your situation? It's like going in for surgery and having the surgeon and the anesthesiologist not even look at each other, let alone speak.

Goddamn.

I will suggest this to my new pdoc if he turns out not to be a nutter like most the others I've had.... Blearrrgh

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Wait....they actually do this? Why don't they ALL do this? Why isn't this one of the first things discussed after they figure out your situation? It's like going in for surgery and having the surgeon and the anesthesiologist not even look at each other, let alone speak.

Goddamn.

I will suggest this to my new pdoc if he turns out not to be a nutter like most the others I've had.... Blearrrgh

You just have to fill in the HIPPA paperwork and they will communicate as they see fit. It does not mean your doctor will be perfect and do it all perfectly.

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I don't have a therapist right now, but when I did, I signed the HIPPA paperwork so that my tdoc could chat with my pdoc about me. To my knowledge, she only used the power once, to get my chart to her to see what the pdoc thoughts were about tdoc treatment. I only had an issue once because my old pdoc thought I had BPD, and I felt pretty strongly that I didn't. Thankfully, the tdoc and I talked it through thoroughly and she believed I didn't have it either.

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Wait....they actually do this? Why don't they ALL do this? Why isn't this one of the first things discussed after they figure out your situation? It's like going in for surgery and having the surgeon and the anesthesiologist not even look at each other, let alone speak.

Goddamn.

I will suggest this to my new pdoc if he turns out not to be a nutter like most the others I've had.... Blearrrgh

Yeah, this is the first time I've had a therapist that actually asked to talk to the pdoc. *shrug She hasn't gotten a chance to talk to him yet but I'm sure by next week she will have... I'm not sure what she thinks, right now. I feel like she doesn't want to fully accept the diagnosis without the doc's input? I guess you can't always trust everything people say... it's not that she doesn't believe me, but doesn't have a good clear picture of what's going on yet. It's only the second visit. I'm afraid of how she will react once she talks to him. :mellow: I already got the concerned look when I told her about my last mild episode.

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