Our expert says:
Dear Dude, Ello, Ello, Ello !
Good to hear from you again, and to hea that your own life is reasonably pleasantly hectic.
Now, as to your Lady. As I explained in another recent message, I don't take referrals or new patients through this website, for a number of excellent reasons, including that doing so could cause repercussions that would disturb my right to run this service here online ( rules about advertising etc ).
As for her second shrink's consultation. Hard to judge from outside. Sometimes the fact that someone is significantly depressed is so obvious that it doesn't take long to be sure of this ; though personally I prefer the shrink to spend at least 30 minutes or more doing a full assessment to fully understand the problem, make a secure diagnosis, and to consider alternative treatments and explain them to the patient.
You're right that he previous addiction to tranquillizers is highly significant, and I hope she told him about that ( people don't always disclose very important information to the shrink). If he is prescribing Antidepressants for her, that should be fine --- they can help against anxiety symptoms as well as depression, but they're not addictive, as they work in a very different way chemically to the tranquillizers like the benzo / Valium family, to which addiction is easily gained. I've never come across someone addicted to the major antidepressants now in use, so she ought to be fine in that respect. She could also still be experiencing some of the late effects of coming off the tranquillizers, including irritability.
And as for Support Groups, check out the numbers given on this Forum's main page, where the organization for Anxiety & Depression has a contact number, through which they should be able to advise you on support groups available in specific areas.
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