I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I for one don't think it's funny at all... The problem with this screening tool, is that it is possible for MDs to prescribe heavy-duty anti-depressants to people WITHOUT requiring any type of counseling. This "screening" while it may help some people who have GOOD doctors who are well-educated in these areas, could be a very bad thing for people who have MDs that already over-prescribe these medications without added support (the MDs could see this as a complete diagnostic tool that gives them a green light to prescribe).
As a nurse, and someone who unfortunately has first hand knowledge on this subject I'm sure you understand what I mean when I say this could be dangerous...
Of course I do. This is merely a tool, not a substitute for good sound medical practice. It should be used as a flag only to give the doctor a heads up that this patient MAY have a problem with depression. Then he can do a further in-depth work up with a referral to a therapist and possibly then a prescription for medication or referral to a psychiatrist.
posted on 04/17/2005 10:34:16 AM PDT
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