I have been depressed on and off these past two-three

Patient

Q: I have been depressed on and off these past two-three years.I haven't talked to anyone about it. I tried to tell my parents that I need some kind of therapy, but it never happened. Should I get help, what kind of therapy do I need if I need any, and who do I go to?

Symptoms:  Isadness, depression
Doctor

A:   Hello
Thanks for using Ask The Doctor for posting your query.

Mild/Moderate Depression does require treatment, otherwise it may progress to a more severe form of depression. Treatment of depression is by psychotherapy (Counseling) or by pharmacotherapy (Medicines). Initially I would suggest you to go ahead with the cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy is a specialized counseling technique which identifies the thought (cognitive ) distortions and tries to correct them. It may involve 5-7 weekly hourly sessions. Mostly your illness should respond to it. Clinical psychologists are the people who cater to these problems.
Hope this helps you,

Do meet your doctor and get a referral to a clinical psychologist.
Wish you a good health.

Comments / Follow Ups

Patient: Thank you for your help, so far no one else has helped me, so thanks again.

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