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How do I find a therapist or a psychiatrist for depression?

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To find a therapist or a psychiatrist, you can ask your doctor for a recommendation. You can also get in touch with organizations such as NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, or SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, which can suggest experts in your area. If you have health insurance, the company can let you know about providers who are in your network.  Most counties also have community service boards which can provide or recommend treatment.

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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