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Do I need to see a psychiatrist if I have depression?

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Your primary care doctor can be a great resource.  He or she can prescribe medication and talk to you about lifestyle changes and in some cases provide talk therapy.  You should definitely let your primary care doctor know if you’re concerned about depression.  They can provide testings and treatment and help rule out medical conditions that may contribute to your symptoms.  Primary care providers routinely prescribe medications for depression, but if your case is complicated or you don’t respond the treatments they’ve prescribed, your doctor may recommend that you see a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of mental illnesses. Many primary care doctors provide counseling, but if you need intensive or specialized treatment, you may turn to a psychologist, social worker, or psychiatrist for therapy.

SOURCES: 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 06, 2020

SOURCES: 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depression," 2000. 

Fochtmann, L. and Gelenberg, A. , 2nd Edition.  Guideline Watch: Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder

Focus , Winter 2005.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on March 06, 2020

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