How helpful is your doctor?

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Registered: 01-03-2001
How helpful is your doctor?
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 8:39am

How helpful is your doctor really when it comes to treating your depression? Is he or she well informed? Does your doctor check up on you or just prescribe a few things and send you home? What is the best piece of advice you've received from your doc about your depression?


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Registered: 03-20-2009
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 1:28pm

Hey Karla,

my doctor is fabulous, really gets it  and has been so supportive throughout, helping me find the meds that work best for me.

Best advice my doctor gave me was to accept depression as an illness in the same way as I would accept a broken leg. Both take time to heal .



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Registered: 05-25-2004
Tue, 08-28-2012 - 10:40am

At one time I just went to my family doctor for my antidepressants. He was concerned and helpful and did the best he could, but I finally decided I really needed to see a psychiatrist who specialized in these particular meds. It was a great move and I think the world of my psychiatrist. I have some more baggage behind me, more than just depression, and we talk about all of it and he is very caring, very helpful, very supportive. He listens to whatever I need to talk about. I see him monthly. I could probably go less, but he knows it makes me feel better to be there monthly so he supports that. I think he's very well informed and I wouldn't trade him for anything. He treats me with respect. I've had past psychiatrists who were not supportive and not respectful. Left them quickly. Current one is very good and also asks about my life, my interests, my family, etc. 

The best advice I've gotten is to exercise. There's still not enough good evidence out there that antidepressants work as well as we all wish they would and exercising--even just a walk around the block--does so much for me: it keeps me from lying in bed, it gets me outside and breathing fresh air, and usually it changes my pattern of thinking and I can refocus a bit. There are days I tell myself I can't go outside and walk, but most of the time I still put on those shoes and get outside. Sometimes all I can do is go out to my backyard, other days I can walk a few miles. It always helps. And there are days I'm so tired I know that I need to just sleep for awhile. Exercise is the opposite of depression to me.