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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can we treat a major depression without seeing a therapist or psychiatrist or doctor ? if can how ? if not why ?

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Depends: One of the important steps in treating depression is to identify what is causing the depression. The next step is to find an effective method to eliminate the cause and at the same time stop the habit of depressive thoughts and beliefs. This has been done without professional help, but your best chance of accomplishing these goals is with a mental health professional.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
MAJOR DEPRESSION: Major Depression requires medication by a Psychiatrist. Have a physical exam to rule out illness. Psychotherapy with a Clinical Psychologist can help your medications to work better.
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