Many people fighting depression feel like they're facing an uphill battle all alone. However,it doesn't have to be that way. To set yourself up for success at beating depression, you need to first surround yourself with people capable of helping you, including a quality general practice doctor, an understanding, capable therapist, and loved ones who support you.
Finding a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make but you shouldn't choose one based solely on your insurance coverage, although that certainly gives you a place to start. Assuming your insurance policy does cover therapy for psychological issues, take a look at the types of providers they will cover. Some will only pay for psychologists, psychiatrists, or licensed therapists. If you're not covered for mental health conditions, don't give up as many therapists who treat depression may do so using a sliding scale based on your income.
As mentioned above, you need to put together a team to help you fight your demons of depression. Many people choose to have their general practitioner write their anti-depressant medication prescriptions. Most general practitioners will require that you keep your appointments with a therapist to keep getting your medications. It is often only by their recommendations that your GP will write your prescription. This is also a good plan of attack if you are currently taking other medication for various health conditions as the doctor is more aware of their mixing consequences.
Now the question becomes, how do I choose a therapist? First of all, check with your general practice doctor and ask for a referral, or several. You want to make sure you can get one on your insurance if possible. There are also wonderful online sites like the NAMI or National Alliance For the Mentally Ill that can recommend someone in your area. You want to find someone who's licensed, experienced, and successful at treating depression to help you with your journey out of mental illness.
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