Doctors and Specialists

An initial diagnosis of depression will usually come from a doctor that you have an ongoing relationship with. These providers include:

General practitioner: Deals with prevention, discovery and treatment of illnesses in all age categories.

Internist: Focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adult illness.

Gynecologist: Deals with female health.

Pediatrician: Specializes in infant, childhood and adolescent care.

Gerontologist: Deals with senior or elder health.

Nurse practitioner: Focuses on prevention, wellness and educating patients about health and health choices.

Once a diagnosis of depression has been determined, you may be referred to one or more of the following providers for additional treatment:

Psychologist: Provides therapy for depressed individuals through counseling.

Psychiatrist: Medical doctor who focuses on health and disorders of the mind and mood. This doctor may prescribe medications in addition to the psychotherapy.

Holistic practitioner: Views the body as a whole, made up of physical, mental, and spiritual components. Herbs and nutritional supplements are usually recommended in addition to meditation, cleansing, diet and exercise programs.

Nutritionist: Formulates diet plans for specific conditions and overall health.

Occupational therapist: Helps the patients to be an active participant in daily activities. These providers evaluate the environment—whether it’s home, school or work--and recommend training and guidance with the focus on helping the individual adapt.

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