Depressed Lately

December 5, 2013 Updated: April 24, 2016

Dear Kathy,

     Lately, I feel depressed a lot. I know that I need help, but I don’t want to spend years in therapy talking about my childhood. I don’t want to go to a psychiatrist and become some medication junkie, either.  What other options are there?


Dear Roy,

     First, make an appointment with your primary care physician for a full physical, including blood work. Rule out medical reasons for depression before seeking other treatment.

     If there is no medical reason for your depression, ask your doctor for a referral for a psychiatrist. Obtain a comprehensive assessment regarding your condition and discuss psychopharmacological options, as well as potential side effects. Keep an open mind as you gather information. Ask the psychiatrist for research materials on depression as well as good online resources.

     All therapists are not the same. Before you paint them all with one broad stroke, know that there are some who have a short-term, solution focused philosophy. Find someone who understands your concerns and with whom you “click.”

     If you feel suicidal, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room and get help right away.



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