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    Originally Posted by Rihannon
    I wonder if sometimes people on here use the terms "counselor" "therapist" and "psychiatrist" interchangeably. I know that the term "therapy" to me could mean seeing a licensed counselor or a Doctorate of Psychiatry. So, there is a range of professionals and some can most certainly prescribe medication. But even those who cannot, usually they are trained to make referrals if they think it's necessary.
    Rihannon, I think you're right about people using those terms interchangeably. There's a vast difference between a 'therapist' and a psychiatrist. The OP's attitude sounds (to me) dangerously despondent, not like someone who has situational depression due to a breakup or the death of someone. I think a medical intervention is in order.

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    I suggest seeing a psychologist. I'm sorry for your painful past and current sadness. I hope you'll get better.

    I hope someday soon you will find gratitude in your heart for all good things in your life, surround yourself with healthy, mindful people and if you so desire, meet someone special. In the meantime, again, I would continue therapy or seek the professional advice of a psychologist.

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    "I'm not sure what to do. Go to therapy again, I guess it can't hurt. It might be worthwhile to explore possible personality disorders. End it all? Well, that decision would stem from a logical perspective and not an emotional one. I don't see the need for it, though the thought comes up more often that I'd like to admit. Hope it'll change, even though I've felt like this since I became an adolescent. "

    End it all... from a logical perspective? You are arguing on ending it because you don't feel things. That's an emotional perspective my friend, not a logical one.

    And if you've felt this way since adolescence, despite whatever treatment you've gotten in the past, it doesn't sound like it resolved whatever underlying issues you may have. It's not normal to feel this way for so long, especially as it sounds like you've generally done pretty well in life so far! Not everyone gets a masters degree - congratulations on being so close. I do wonder if being on the cusp of another life transition is perhaps exacerbating some of your negative feelings. I know I tend to get into a bit of a panic sometimes when going through a transition and my thoughts turn inward. Looking to see if I'm ready for the next step, anxiousness about what that next step looks like, and a bit of nostalgia for the other parts of my life (good and bad) whose outcome is known and feels safer.

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    Originally Posted by SarahLancaster
    Unless a 'therapist' can prescribe anti-depressants, I think you need to be referred to a medical doctor. I'm not sure that your level of despondency can be cured by some talk sessions.
    Most good therapists will do that and work in partnership with an MD. Regular talk therapy monitors the effects of medication, which a regular MD doesn't have the time to do. Drugs without the therapy are a mistaken route for lots of people who give up because the meds didn't work, or the side effects were too unmanageable. There's no magic pill, and getting the right dosage of the right substance is an art form that a therapist can help to manage.

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    Thank you all for many insightful comments. I live in the Netherlands and therapists (psychologists) usually work together with psychiatrists. They're not fond of prescribing antidepressants quickly and it's mostly used as a last resort. And yeah, it seems you're all correct that I'm depressed as I pretty much broke down completely yesterday. Therefore, I made an appointment with the general practitioner to refer me to specialist mental health care (SGGZ in Dutch). This will be a long and complex journey... again. In the SGGZ there will be both a (cognitive behavioural) therapist and psychiatrist monitoring your progress.

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