When is consultation with a psychiatrist indicated in the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Consultation can be important at many stages of the treatment process. Certainly, treating physicians should seek consultation if they exhaust the options with which they feel comfortable.

A psychiatrist must be involved in the care of patients in whom more severe symptoms develop and for whom a more intensive level of care will be needed (eg, suicidal ideation, psychosis, mania, severe decline in physical health). Expertise in pharmacotherapy, other somatic therapies, and psychotherapy should be readily available.


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