How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Kaushik Your Own Question

Dr. Kaushik
Dr. Kaushik, Psychiatrist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 3997
Experience:  MD Psychiatry
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Dr. Kaushik is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I think I have a mild form of depression. On a fairly constant

Customer Question

I think I have a mild form of depression. On a fairly constant basis I have mood swings. I don't enjoy people's company as much as I used too, and I try to avoid situations where I have to be with people. What's the best thing to do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Kaushik replied 5 years ago.

Hi there,

 

Welcome to Just Answer !

 

Well, it does seem to be a Depressive disorder . I believe , rather than putting you on anti depressants in the first place , i would recommend you to seek Psychotherapy ( counseling in lay term) which is offered by a Clinical Psychologist /Psychotherapist. The best psychotherapy for treating depression would be Cognitive Behavioural therapy(CBT), but before approaching a therapist to seek this therapy , you shall inquire whether the psychologist is well versed with this kind of therapy or not , as it would be of no use , if it is provided by a non trained therapist. But i believe , once you start on this therapy , you would feel positive changes in your present condition.

 

And if , the psychotherapy does not come out to be as effective as presumed , then we can start you on an anti depressant ,but i feel that the cognitive behavioural therapy would suit you just fine. However, i am mentioning some good anti depressants , which if the need arises , you can discuss with your GP, and get started on any one of them. Some good anti depressants are --Venlafaxine (effexor XR), PAROXETINE (PAXIL), escitalopram( lexapro), citalopram (celexa), milnacipran.

 

I wish you good health.

 

I hope my answer serves your query according to your satisfaction.

 

Regards..

Dr. Kaushik, Psychiatrist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 3997
Experience: MD Psychiatry
Dr. Kaushik and other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I have been adviced by a counselling before. I have tried also seeking help from my GP, but I don't think he took me very serious on the matter. What's the best way to go around with GPs?

Expert:  Dr. Kaushik replied 5 years ago.

Thanks for the accept.

 

Well, it is quite often seen that depression is taken a bit lightly by certain health professionals, not understanding the basis that a healthy body needs a healthy mind , and after all , it is the mind that runs your life , and if it is not at peace , then things start to fall apart.

 

However, having said that the best way you can ask your GP to refer you to a Psychologist for counseling is that , you tell him that your depressive condition has affected your professional as well as your personal life ,as you have been put under a lot of pressure at your job and at home for not been able to concentrate in work properly and all this you attribute to your depressive condition, and if any further delay is done in providing you the right treatment then it might just take its toll on you and it might just be too hard for you to take . So, you need to present your case to your GP, in such a way that , if you are devoid of treatment any further, then you might just break down and also make him realise that because of him taking your condition as trivial , you have already suffered a lot in your personal and professional life , make it sound in such a way that it leads to therapeutic concern in him for you, that is when he would refer you to a psychologist or may treat accordingly.

 

But , inspire of doing all this , if he still , does not take you seriously , then i suggest , you either seek help from another GP, or directly approach a Psychotherapist/ psychologist and present your case to him/her.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education