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What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist or counselor? Psychiatrists are medical doctors with specialized training in treating emotional and behavioral problems through medical intervention. They often prescribe medications to treat conditions like depression and anxiety.
Getting a Psychiatric Consultation
Your first appointment generally takes 45-50 minutes. Follow-up visits are usually 15-30 minutes. To see a CAPS psychiatrist, you will need a referral from:
We do not accept referrals from outside therapists unless you plan to transfer your future care to a CAPS therapist.
Prescription Refills and Replacements
Prescription refills are written during follow-up visits. If your medication will run out before your next scheduled appointment, you can call the CAPS office and receive a written prescription at our front desk. It takes up to 48 hours (semester weekdays only) to get an emergency prescription.
You are responsible for your medications. Lost or stolen prescriptions for controlled substances (e.g., sedatives, sleeping pills, stimulants) may not be replaced.
With your permission, we may request medical records from previous treatment providers. When you leave CAPS, you can have copies of your records forwarded to your new provider.
Between Semesters and after Graduation
Refill requests during vacations, holidays, and semester breaks may be difficult to fill in a timely manner, so plan accordingly.
It is your responsibility to arrange for follow-up care with a provider in your community when you leave Indiana University. However, our psychiatrists will work with you to ensure you have time to find a new doctor before any continuing prescriptions run out.