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What should I look for in a doctor or therapist for the treatment of my depression?

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When you first talk to a potential therapist or psychiatrist, ask about his or her approach to see whether it seems appropriate for you and your condition. If it’s not a good fit, find someone else. If you don't click with a person, therapy is less likely to help. You may also want to look for someone who specializes in your particular problem. For instance, if you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, find a doctor or nonmedical therapist who specializes in treating addiction.

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 Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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 Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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