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There are many things to think about when looking for a therapist and or psychiatrist. It's important to remember that you are paying them to help you so you should look for a therapist you like, who seems to like you, who has insight, empathy, and patience. Never stay with someone if you do not feel comfortable.

If you are seeing a doctor or therapist you may feel overwhelmed and even embarrassed. Don't be. Mental disorders are common and widespread. The National Mental Health Association estimates that 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in any given year. The most important thing is that you go. You will benefit from it if you want to. You have to want to get better.

With proper care and treatment many people learn to cope or recover from a mental illness or emotional disorder. To increase the chance that treatment works, you and your family should actively participate in your care and treatment. This means understanding your condition, taking an active role in your care and recovery, and asking questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a "dumb" question when it comes to your health.

A study by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that after 16 weeks of therapy, 55% of those with mild-to-moderate depression reported significant improvement.

With therapy, how long is long enough? "For most major depressive episodes," says San Francisco psychiatrist Michael Freeman, M.D., "four to six months is usually about right." However this is not true for everyone. It really depends on the reasons you are going. If there are several issues you'd like discuss it's important to take your time. Your therapist will be able to help you with this.

Word-of-mouth referrals are the best way to find good therapists and psychiatrists. Ask your friends or your family doctor.

When seeing a Psychiatrists, make sure a follow up appointment is made after your psychiatrist prescribes you medication. Be sure to ask if they (or an associate) can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week, twelve months a year. If your doctor is hard to get ahold of, switch to a different doctor.



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