5 Places to Get Help for Your Depression - dummies

5 Places to Get Help for Your Depression

By Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

Part of Depression For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you think that you may be depressed, don’t despair. Lots of help is available. Here are some sources you can consult to treat depression:

  • Your family doctor.

    Ask for a complete physical. Sometimes depression is the result of another medical problem.

  • Mental health professionals.

    See a counselor, psychologist, or therapist after you rule out other physical causes for your low mood. They can competently diagnose and treat your depression.

  • Psychiatrists.

    These physicians have specialized training in the treatment of depression and other mental disorders. They typically focus on the use of medication and other biologically based treatments.

  • The Internet.

    WebMD and the American Psychological Association are especially informative sites with useful, user-friendly information about depression. Just remember that the Internet can’t replace professional help.

  • Books.

    Visit your library. You can’t read too much about the problem.