Our expert says:
PLEASE, folks, for complex psych problems insist on seeing a fully trained, specialist psychiatrist, and don't just rely on a GP. GPs curently seem to have an obsession with Cipralex ( I'd be very curious to know how they have been so thoroughly "sold" on this particular drug, which does NOT have major advantages over many others that are cheaper. For instance, Cilift is similar and much cheaper, and likely to be at least as effective.
If the psychologist you have been sent to is NOT helping and indeed irritating, tell those who referred you and ask to see someone else. CBT methods should be very helpful in your situation, but some psychologists still use out-dated and ineffective methods that are simply a waste of time. Lets hope the new lady is more useful to you. Leave the other with her porcelain cups.
Depression can obviously sometimes be clearly related to sad events in one's life, but also often arises for entirely chemical reasons, which is where medication can help to correct the chemical aspects of the problem, while CBT can help you handle the effects of the depression, and bad habits of panicking and of negative thinking.
See a psychiatrist for a re-assessment and re-consideration of your treatment needs
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