What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialised in psychiatry. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and psychotherapy to treat depression and other mental illnesses.

Can depression be prevented?

One cannot alter a genetic vulnerability or a history of loss but much can be done to decrease stressors. Read the articles in the "Living with depression" section for some important lifestyle tips.

"Baby blues"?

Post-partum depression is more severe and of longer duration than transient 'baby blues'.

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Michael Simpson has been a senior psychiatric academic, researcher, and Professor in several countries, having worked at London University in the UK; McMaster University in Canada; Temple University in Philadelphia, USA.; and the University of Natal in South Africa.

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