The people who can treat you for depression include GPs, psychologists and psychiatrists.
Normally your GP will do medical checks and make a diagnosis.
If your depression is mild, your GP might be the only health professional you need.
If you need more treatment, your GP might refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Your GP may recommend that you see a psychiatrist if:
- you have severe depression
- they have questions about your diagnosis
- you're not getting better after treatment
- you're at risk of harming yourself.
If more than one health professional is treating your depression, they should keep each other up to date about the diagnosis and treatment.
If you are Māori, Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander you may want to ask your health-care team to work with a cultural advisor or Indigenous health worker (e.g. Māori health worker or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health worker).
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, an experienced mental health Auslan/NZSL interpreter can be provided.
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