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Old 09-27-2012, 04:31 AM
 
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I am almost certain that I have major depression. For the past 3-4 months things have gotten pretty bad for me. Is there anything my primary doctor can do to help?
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Yes. They can prescribe anti-depressant medication. I've fought depression for over 30 years and a combination of therapy and medication is best. But medication is a good start. If you can, I recommend you go to a psychiatrist who specializes in this type of thing. They know all the little details about all the meds. I've found that primary physicians usually treat depression in a very generic way. But if that's all you can do, go to your GP doctor. Medications have saved my life. And given me back quality of life as well.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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Do I need to go to the primary physician before I can see a psychiatrist?
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:14 AM
 
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Do I need to go to the primary physician before I can see a psychiatrist?

It depends on your Health Insurance, but start with your Primary Care Doctor.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: stuck
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you cant get your anti-depressant from your PC doctor and then see a psychologist for therapy, instead of ever seeing a psychiatrst. just a suggestion depending on your insurance that may be cheaper.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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PC doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist... They all will point you in the right direction and refer you to other professionals as needed - depending on what is needed.

For example I have a friend who went to his primary care doctor with mental health issues. That doctor referred him to a psychologist. And while he was seeing the psychologist, the psychologist referred him to a psychiatrist to be prescribed medication. Then he continued to see the psychologist but did not see the psychiatrist - until he needed his medication adjusted.

Then after a period of counseling, he was finished. Then the prescriptions were transferred to his primary care physician who authorized refills from then on. That was for his specific case.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Mokena, Illinois
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It depends on the primary care md. Some are knowledgeable about antidepressants, some are not. Ask your md if he/she is comfortable managing the meds and the weaning off of certain meds when no longer needed. Many people are fearful of the side effects and a good doctor can discuss these and what to expect. Also, when to increase dosages when necessary.
Just a thought, there are also partial hospitalization programs available for more involved cases. These can be implemented after work, going for a few hours a day or several times a week. It entails intensive therapy, med management by a psychiatrist, and can be invaluable for severe depression.
Good luck!
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:23 AM
 
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Go to your Doctor. Also, check w/ your local mental health facility, I highly recommend getting help, it will make a difference.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I agree with JanND- talk to a mental healthy facility and people who specialize in depression and mood behaviors ... In these tough times, it's completely understandable to have sad moments ....

On another note, I know of so many people that are on anti-depressants these days, and do not see a therapist or psychiatrist ... It makes me wonder why has it become easier to simply pop a pill vs going to a doctor, sitting down, working through the issues, and getting down to the root - all for a healthy, more serene future? Ugh.

It's scary to me really. You can't stand on a pill forever, and once you go off, the depression may very well come back. Or you can be faced with the suicidal thoughts ...
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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Ah, the purple poster strikes again. Highlighted in purple, ignorance about how anti-depressants work. I only say this because I fear someone who is on their last nerve will read this ignorance and not get medication help and will be another lethal statistic of major depression. Fortunately, the ignorance is usually highlighted in purple, and I strongly advise anyone with a depression concern or question to ignore the purple prose.
I say this from both personal and professional experience of many years.




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On another note, I know of so many people that are on anti-depressants these days, and do not see a therapist or psychiatrist ... It makes me wonder why has it become easier to simply pop a pill vs going to a doctor, sitting down, working through the issues, and getting down to the root - all for a healthy, more serene future? Ugh.

It's scary to me really. You can't stand on a pill forever, and once you go off, the depression may very well come back. Or you can be faced with the suicidal thoughts ...
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