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A 32-year-old male asked:

A friend has depression. she has seen doctors, tried medications, and has a therapist. nothing seems to help her focus better. any suggestions?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 54 years experience
Get another opinion.: Sometime trying a different psychiatrist and therapist helps. It is not unusual for some of my patients to come after even half a dozen psychiatrists and reviewing the history, the treatments done will give a clue as to why the previous treatments did not work . Co-morbid conditions, other psychosocial stressors may complicate depression as well . Don't give up.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Augmenting treatment: I'm glad your friend has a therapist. But i'm unsure whether the other doctors she's seen are psychiatrists? Many people get medications from primary care physicians, which can be fine in uncomplicated cases. Psychiatrists, though, are more experienced with complex situations, and can tailor treatments accordingly. Antidepressants can also be augmented with other agents, to afford relief.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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