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Posted by: depressed | 2007/12/21

PTSD

I was diagnosed with depression years ago and although I have been treated with cipralex for 6 months at a time, i keep having relapses. the medication has helped a lot with the moods but in 5 years I have had to go back on the mes 3 times. but my gp has advised me to start seeing a psychologist or phsychiatrist as he thinks I might have PTSD (I was absued as a child regularly by a family member). BUt my problem is I have no idea where to find a therapist. please could someone advise where and how I start looking for one. Thank you

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I wish so many doctors wouldn't be so obsessed with Cipralex, which is merely one among many antidepressants, and doesn't suit everyone. CBT therapy would be more likely to help, and with recurrent depression, something like some mood stabilizers. I hope, with a story like yours, you are seeing a proper psychiatrist rather than a GP. Definitely see a good psychiatrist locally and ask about CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ). Don't see a psychologist who is excessively interested purely in matters of child abuse, as they seem to be less successful than someone with broader interests and experience. And surely your GP can recommend a good local psychiatrist ? He cannot possibly be practising competently without knowing several that he finds good and reliable with the people he refers to them

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Posted by: Maria | 2007/12/21

You can try Lifeline: 0861 322 322 or the Depression and Anxiety Group helpline: 8am-8pm (011) 783 1474/6. Try to find a therapist who uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). If you mention in which area you are, perhaps another forum user can refer you to someone specific.

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