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A 46-year-old female asked:

is it legally required that i have counseling to continue taking meds for depression. i do not find counseling effective for me.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not legally : No, not a legal requirement but some providers don't want to function just as pill dispensers. If you don't work on underlying issues you may not change essentials that keep you depressed.
Dr. Jonathan Shedler
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Not legally required: Of course it is not required, but psychotherapy (not meds) is beneficial for most people most of the time. My guess is that you've had bad therapy, or the therapist was not a good fit for you.Don't write off "therapy"-- that would be like taking a medication that was unhelpful, then saying "i do not find pills effective.".

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