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Is a psychiatrist the only option to treat my depression?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology
7 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. Do u want to try medication? Or psychotherapy 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. Do u want to try medication? Or psychotherapy 4 new perspectives, new skills?
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Depression is also treated with psychotherapy.
However, the best treatment is a combination of both medications and therapy.

In brief: No

Depression is also treated with psychotherapy.
However, the best treatment is a combination of both medications and therapy.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

You pcp may help you, a liscensed counsellor or psychologist may help your. There are many mental health counsellors.
Start with your pcp.

In brief: No

You pcp may help you, a liscensed counsellor or psychologist may help your. There are many mental health counsellors.
Start with your pcp.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Walter Root
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The best option

Primary care doctors do a 3 year residency after medical school and spend 2 weeks rotating through psychiatry.
Psychiatrists complete 4 years of residency and do 4 months of medicine and 4 months of neurology. Unfortunately most psychiatrists and all pcp's are afraid of using emsam; low side effects, quick relief and no medication interaction or food worries.

In brief: The best option

Primary care doctors do a 3 year residency after medical school and spend 2 weeks rotating through psychiatry.
Psychiatrists complete 4 years of residency and do 4 months of medicine and 4 months of neurology. Unfortunately most psychiatrists and all pcp's are afraid of using emsam; low side effects, quick relief and no medication interaction or food worries.
Dr. Walter Root
Dr. Walter Root
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