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Hi, im joe, i have some issues with depresion and anxiety that have really hurt my social life, im looking to seek out help but have a few questions, forgive me if they seem a little dumb im new to all this.

Whats the difference between psychiatry and pychology?

How do you know a good one from a bad one?

In time, can my problems be fixed or atleast be manageable?

thanks in advance,
Joe
 
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welcome to the forum joe, hope we can be of some help. In answer to your questions

phsychiatry is treating the problem with drugs, antidepressants and the like. psychology is treating the problem with therapy (although sometimes an anti d is also prescribed)

There is no timescale for getting better, with some its only a month or two, with some the problems don't go away.

Not too in depth but I hope this helps a little.
 
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p.s unfortunately you can't tell a good one from a bad one till you've been a few times!!
 
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Hi, im joe, i have some issues with depresion and anxiety that have really hurt my social life, im looking to seek out help but have a few questions, forgive me if they seem a little dumb im new to all this.

Whats the difference between psychiatry and pychology?

How do you know a good one from a bad one?

In time, can my problems be fixed or atleast be manageable?

thanks in advance,
Joe

Hello and :welcome: to MHF :)
 
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Bicturbo93.

A psychiatrist is a trained doctor.
A Psychologist does not have medical training and in my opinion is a bit more like a specialised Social Worker.
It depends what sort of depressio you have regarding treatment.
If it is bi=polar then you need medication and to see first your G.P. who may refer you to a psychiatrist.
Talking therapy is also good to get thins off your chest, they cal it CBT(Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Good for some but not all.
If you have good friends it is a help. But they must be prepared to listen to whatever may be troubling you.

:):):)
 
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Hi joe and :welcome: to the Forum.

Just to add a little to what emac has said. Some people do recover and their problems disappear altogether - probably rather more then we tend to estimate here - as they are not as likely to use forums like this as those who's problems are longer-term :). But in the vast majority of cases a way of managing, or coping as I'd rather call it, can be found. That is not to say that each episode/attack when it comes isn't horrible but...

1) You can identify things which make the attacks more likely and avoid them (or try to avoid them!).
2) You can work out how to get through episodes; how to cope with them.

Both these are very individual - if you look at many threads here you will read of people's different coping strategies.

Hope this answers your last question a bit more.

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While 'psychologist' covers many things a clinical psychologist employed by the NHS will have had very extensive training - altogether the courses taken last about 6 years. Their training is basically in 'talking therapies' though it will obviously cover other things.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is only one of a range of talking therapies though it is the one currently in favour with the Government. But it may not be the one that suits you (it doesn't me!). For a description of various talking therapies see...

http://www.mentalhealthforum.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3662

Nick.
 
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Hi to all of you,
Ide like to thank you for the input, it was very helpfull, I cant wait to get started my appointment is Friday with a psychologist. This is a problem i've been dealing with almost all my life and has really hurt me socially, it also just cost me my girlfriend of 2years. When we would go places with her friends i would just sit there and not say anything everytime I would think of things to say i would get very nervous. This really alienated my girlfriend and made her uncomfortable around her own friends and made it very hard for her to have a good time. I also look for reasons not to like people for some reason I really dont know why? Maybe i dont like myself? I think a lot has to do with my childhood but enough about me, im just hoping that i can learn ways to deal with this if not fix the problem.
thank you,
Joe
 
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Good luck on Friday. Let us know how you get on.

Best.

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My first visit went pretty good we talked about some different things and problems that i have. He said we could definetly make some improvements, next appointment is next Sunday.
 
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Excellent -really glad to hear that Joe. Making some progress at the first appointment is probably quite rare so thats a good sign :).

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