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coselor would someone go and see if you think they are very depressed

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what type of coselor would someone go and see if you think they are very depressed with the mistakes and things they have done with there life.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
Start with your normal doctor (general practitioner). If
depression is part of the problem, there may be an underlying
imbalance that can be treated with antidepressant medication.
Part of the solution, as you rightly suggest, may be something
that counselling could help. In that case, your doctor would
likely refer you to a clinical psychologist, who could help you
work through the consequences of the way you are feeling about
your history and how it is affecting your current life.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to xarqi's Post: i don't think medcine is what he needs. i think he needs to talk to someone because i don't think he knows what he wants to do with his life he has made alot of mistakes. what type od person do you think he should go and talk to?
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
Sorry, I see we are discussing a third party.

The key word that you used was "depression". If, indeed, he is
suffering from depression, then without a doubt, this is best
investigated in the first instance by a doctor. Maybe medication
will be useful, maybe not, but the person to determine that, with
the greatest respect, is not you, but his doctor, after a full
assessment.

If he does not actually have the symptoms of depression, and is
just uncertain about his future, or worried by his past, he should
seek the advice of a compasionate friend, possibly much older,
who has more life experience and whose opinion and honesty he
respects.

If that isn't an option, and professional advice is required other
than from a doctor in the first instance, then quite who that
should be will depend on the type of issues he is having trouble
with. If it is dealing with feelings about the past, then a
registered psychologist is still the best bet. If it is financial
problems, then a budget advisor would be best. If it is
employment related, then an employment agency might be
appropriate.

Here is a link about depression. Have a read and see if you
think it applies. If you think it does, then let me again suggest a
GP as the most appropriate person to consult first.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm

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