When you’re depressed, it’s hard to want to get help. Your energy is low and the smallest things such as getting out of bed, seeing a friend, going to work, or even showering, are difficult. From little things to larger activities, depression takes a huge toll on a person’s wellbeing. Thankfully there is hope. Psychiatrists can help you manage symptoms of depression with medication. If you need to see one, don’t let fear hold you back. Medicine can relieve some symptoms of depression; don’t be afraid to try it.
Can somebody help me?
You may think “are there psychiatrists near me who can help me feel less alone?” The answer is yes. The tricky thing is fighting through your depression enough first to find a psychiatrist and then make an effort to contact them to schedule an appointment. Remember that depression makes things feel hopeless when they aren’t and that it is going to try to prevent you from getting the help that you need. It’s essential to be mindful of your thoughts and remember that they are not the truth. Depression is telling you that you can’t do something. It might try to convince you that even if you find a psychiatrist, they won’t be able to help you. These are the lies that depression tells us. It might try to bring you down, but you don’t have to let it.
Ask a friend for help
You don’t have to do this alone. If you need to ask a friend or loved one to call or email to set up the appointment, that’s perfectly acceptable. When you’re depressed, it’s hard to do much of anything, so it makes sense that you’re asking for help. Maybe you have social anxiety, and it’s difficult to make phone calls. Or you could be afraid to reach out to the psychiatrist because you have never been to one before. These are understandable reasons for not actively contacting a psychiatrist. Remember that by asking your friend to reach out to a potential psychiatrist, you are helping yourself.
I feel bad. I didn’t get help myself
Imagine that you have a messy house and you are too overwhelmed to clean it. You hire someone to help you clean your house. By doing this, you’re still taking action to make sure that the house gets clean. Even if you didn’t clean it yourself, you made sure that it was done, and that’s taking responsibility for yourself and your home. The same analogy goes for getting treatment for depression. It doesn’t matter how you get help; what matters is that you get the help that you need. So, if your friend needs to help you make phone calls or contacts a psychiatrist for you, that’s okay.
Depression and the absence of hope. Can a psychiatrist help me?
When you’re sitting in the psychiatrist’s office, you might wonder “can this person help me?” It’s a natural thought to have. If you feel comfortable, it’s okay to express this to your psychiatrist. Depression makes it difficult to see that there is hope and that you can get help. The best way to give a doctor the chance to help you is being honest. Talk about your symptoms honestly, and you’ll be more likely to get the best care but you can. Sometimes, the symptoms associated with depression are scary. Remember that psychiatrists have seen a lot of things and they probably won’t be surprised by your symptoms. They are there to help you. Make sure to tell them what’s going on with you so that they can get you to a place of stability.
Help is out there
Hopefully, if you’re suffering from depression, you’re seeing a mental health provider. In addition to a psychiatrist, you can see a counselor or therapist. Whether you’re working with a therapist in your local area or online, these providers can help you and support your journey to wellness. They are well-versed in what it feels like to be depressed, and they want to assist you in getting well. It’s also important to have your psychiatrist communicate with your therapist so that both providers are on the same page. However you get help for depression is up to you, but make sure that you do seek care. Depression is a severe illness and has the potential to be life-threatening if left untreated. Find a provider to support you, and learn to manage depression the best way you can.
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