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Are psychologists/psychiatrists/family doctors allowed to talk about spiritual matters?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24049points) January 15th, 2023

I’m willing to try something different, and I wonder if talking about spiritual/religious matters would be beneficial?

I see my dr tomorrow and my student psychologist on Tuesday.

Do you have any advice for me?

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smudges's avatar

Yes, they’re allowed, but family doctors are less than likely to want to. Maybe a brief question.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You can initiate the conversation but if the doc is professional they’ll keep their responses neutral.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Yes, I talk about spiritual matters with both my psychologist and psychiatrist all the time, but never with my regular doctor.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Wait…are you talking about a medical doctor?

kritiper's avatar

Not professionally, IMO. It wouldn’t be ethical, specifically.
For you to try to initiate a conversation on the subject would be a waste of time.

LostInParadise's avatar

If your religious/spiritual beliefs have a major impact on your mental/physical well being then this is a legitimate thing to talk about. Doctors should be able to discuss this aspect of your health without discussing the rightness or wrongness of your particular beliefs.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Go see a priest.

LifeQuestioner's avatar

Interesting question. I wonder, because when I had to get a new primary doctor last year, one of the questions they have you answer (but of course, you can choose, “I rather not say.” as an option), is what religion are you. But maybe that’s just so they can be aware of possible diet (or other) restrictions?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@LadyMarissa My doctor said that it’s not her area of expertise.

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