Psychotherapy, often in combination with anti-depressant and/or anti-anxiety medication, can be very helpful. Therapists are able to assist people with clinical depression in:
- working through and understanding their illness, feelings, and relationships
- learning to cope more effectively with stress and their life situation.
The benefits to the patient are best attained when the primary care physician maintains a close relationship with the individual's psychiatrist or psychologist. Such a working relationship maximizes the quality of patient care and provides the most powerful approach to the management of depression.
On the Internet
American Psychiatric Association: Choosing a Psychiatrist
American Psychological Association: Find a Psychologist
American Psychological Association: How To Find Help Through Psychotherapy
MedlinePlus: Drug Information
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Mental Health: Medications
National Mental Health Association: Suicide General Information