What are the advantages in seeing a psychiatrist over other health professionals?

In most cases, psychiatrists offer the very best treatment for unipolar major depression. Compared with other professionals, they usually have the most experience treating patients with severe depression. In addition to their understanding of the wealth of medications used to treat unipolar major depression, psychiatrists are the only medical doctors who are fully trained in psychotherapy for depression.

Psychiatrists can tell you for sure if you have unipolar major depression, and they can offer a wide range of different types of treatments to find the best match for you. They should be able to discuss all the relevant benefits, side effects, and risks of whatever treatment you choose. They may offer to do both medications and psychotherapy together in the same session.