I am looking to be tested for depression, and talk to a doctor of some sort about whether antidepressants might help me at all. (I posted about myself and symptoms a few weeks ago.)
If I go to a psychiatrist, would they be able to screen for depression and treat (if needed) with medication? What tests would be done-- just verbal/written tests? Or, some sort of blood work or other sort of physical exam?
I'm not comfortable flat out asking if they think medication would work for me (never taken any form of it in my life, for any ailment, in my life).
Would a psychiatrist just refer me to a general doctor since I haven't seen one since high school for general check ups (I'm in my mid-twenties)?
I know health check ups are useful, but I'd rather skip the lecture about diet/exercise/etc. for now.
Do psychologists and psychiatrists screen for depression, or would they refer me to a GP doctor anyway?
I want to keep this reasonably affordable, not using health insurance.
What's the difference in treatment for depression among a general doctor, psychologist, and psychiatrist? I wouldn't mind trying talk therapy to see if it helps, but I'm more curious about the biology behind and whether antidepressants/vitamins/supplements of some sort would help.
Would a psychologist be the best suited for a first-time depression treatment seeker, if I don't want to go to a general doctor? (I'm not "set" on medication, but talk therapy seems like it would be expensive and I'm really tired of thinking about my problems as it is. I'm convinced that it's biological based. Other than talk therapy, I don't know what other alternatives to depression treatment there are, other than medication or supplements?)
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