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Experience:  Master's degree in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education. LCPC in Illlinois
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Is it normal to be prescribed olanzapine and risperdol without

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Is it normal to be prescribed olanzapine and risperdol without counselling?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Annie Murdach replied 6 years ago.
Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.

Physicians may or may not recommend counseling for a number of reasons. Sometimes they want individuals to get problematic symptoms under control first and will recommend therapy later when a person is more stable. Or, the physician may feel the patient is not interested in therapy and may not pursue it. By any means, if someone feels they need counseling, regardless of what meds they are taking they should bring it up with the doctor, or pursue it on their own.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What would the problematic symptoms be?
Expert:  Annie Murdach replied 6 years ago.
The symptoms could be anything that impairs the person's ability to think, reason or focus such as impulsivity, auditory or visual hallucinations, delusions, etc. Are there specific symptoms you are concerned about?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Not anymore. I no longer suffer with visual hallucinations although i still suffer with auditory hallucinations but have learned to live with them. Part of the reason that I thought i would try this is the 'distance' approach and have found it very helpful.

Expert:  Annie Murdach replied 6 years ago.
Glad to hear it! Thank you and best wishes with your treatment.