Our expert says:
NOT getting proper treatment for a significant Depression rarely saves time or money, and involves at best a lot of avoidable suffering. Rather see someone - best of all a psychiatrist for at least the initial assessment and recommendation of treatment. A GP could then continue to provide the needed prescriptions if medication is recommended. And a psychologist or other CBT style counsellor could help you psychologically to gain control of the depression. When you talk of having difficulty in discarding some of the bad things which have happened to you, this sugests a psychological approach would be necessary.
There are some self-help books available, but they work best with mild depression, or to help you continue methods already begun in therapy.
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