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I believe i'm depressed-who do I call? Psychologist, psychiatrist, msw?

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Dr. Joseph Boland
Clinical Psychology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Therapy vs. Meds

A psychologist who specializes in cbt will help you better understand and control your emotional feelings, thus decreasing or eliminating your depression.
A psychiatrist may prescribe an anti-depressant medication. Some patients go to both at the same time.

In brief: Therapy vs. Meds

A psychologist who specializes in cbt will help you better understand and control your emotional feelings, thus decreasing or eliminating your depression.
A psychiatrist may prescribe an anti-depressant medication. Some patients go to both at the same time.
Dr. Joseph Boland
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Psychiatrist

Best trained to diagnose & treat--depending on the practice he or she may refer u to a therapist.

In brief: Psychiatrist

Best trained to diagnose & treat--depending on the practice he or she may refer u to a therapist.
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Severity

If you believe your symptoms are severe enough, which means suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming anybody else, see a psychiatrist for a full evaluation, with possible medication.
If your symptoms are comparatively benign, see a psychologist.

In brief: Severity

If you believe your symptoms are severe enough, which means suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming anybody else, see a psychiatrist for a full evaluation, with possible medication.
If your symptoms are comparatively benign, see a psychologist.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: There R many ways...

Out of a forest. Likewise, there are many ways 2 approach depression.
Which path do u choose 2 explore 1st? There might be a physical basis for ur depression - like heart or thyroid problems. Ur depression may reflect dissatisfaction w/something in ur life, that u're lonely; that u have big stressors 2 manage; etc. If no medical reason, do u want medication? Therapy 4 new perspectives? New skills?

In brief: There R many ways...

Out of a forest. Likewise, there are many ways 2 approach depression.
Which path do u choose 2 explore 1st? There might be a physical basis for ur depression - like heart or thyroid problems. Ur depression may reflect dissatisfaction w/something in ur life, that u're lonely; that u have big stressors 2 manage; etc. If no medical reason, do u want medication? Therapy 4 new perspectives? New skills?
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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