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A 26-year-old female asked:

i think i am going through depression and would need medical assistance and this has on going for nearly 7 years and i dont know where to begin. how do i get a referral letter to get admitted ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Primary care doctor: There are many signs that may suggest depression, such as: feelings of sadness or hopelessness, angry outbursts or irritability, loss of interest in normal activities, sleep disturbances, tiredness or a lack of energy, either weight gain or weight loss due to appetite changes, anxiety or restlessness, slowed thinking, feeling worthless, etc... Seeing one's primary care doctor is a good start.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
See your PCM: Start by talking with your PCM. First things first.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Therapy?: Ruling out all physical causes, have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

My husband is suffering from depression. We have no medical savings left and was told to use our extended benifits. How do we go about this? He needs medical assistance or medication.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Can't say: This is the HT Public site where volunteer docs primarily in the US answer questions about health conditions. We have no access to or information about the dozens of health benefit plans around the world where this site can be seen. You need to contact the plan or the company HR department for benefit questions.

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