I have been struggling with depression on and off for a year and I have tried alternatives to overcome my depression, but nothing is working. I have decided that I need to see a psychologist, I dont know how to go about finding a good one in my area. Do I need a refferal from my physician to see a psychologist? Also in order to see a psychiatrist would a psychologist have to refer me to one?
A lot of this depends on your health insurance rules. I wouldn't think that your insurance would need a referral for the psychologist but it might for the psychiatrist. I know that you do not need a referral from a psychologist to see a psychiatrist. Are you aware of the depression board here? Remember that if you see a psychiatrist he will put you on medication and not really do any therapy. Some people go to a psychologist first and see if therapy is all that is needed. Frequently, the psychologist can tell if a person might need meds and then suggest a visit to a psychiatrist. Good luck to you.