Doctors and Specialists

As your major depression is diagnosed, treated and managed, you may work with one or more of these doctors and specialists:

  • Internist or family physician: A doctor who provides general medical care for adults and children; people with depression often see an internist or family physician first and may be monitored by one of these doctors and other specialists as needed.
  • Pediatrician: A doctor who specializes in the medical care of children; children with depression often see a pediatrician first and are often monitored by a pediatrician and other specialists as needed.
  • Psychiatrist: A doctor who specializes in mental illnesses; a psychiatrist diagnoses, treats, and monitors patients with depression, including prescribing antidepressant medications and providing psychotherapy.
  • Psychologist: A therapist with an advanced degree in the study of the brain and behavior; a psychologist is involved in diagnosing depression and can provide counseling.
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrist: A psychiatrist who specializes in mental illnesses in children and adolescents; a child or adolescent psychiatrist diagnoses, treats, and monitors children and adolescents with depression, including prescribing antidepressant medications and providing psychotherapy.
  • Child and adolescent psychologist: A psychologist who specializes in children’s mental health; a child or adolescent psychologist is involved in diagnosing depression and providing psychotherapy or counseling for children and adolescents.
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