Doctors Who Treat Major Depressive Disorder

As your major depression is diagnosed, treated, and managed, you may encounter the following team of doctors and specialists listed in this patient education guide:

  • 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 psychotherapy or 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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