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12 Apr 2006

depression
I'd like someone to advise me as to taking the first step in obtaining help for my girlfreind who I believe shows signs of constant and deep depression. Who do we contact for an assessment in the JHB / Sandton/ Randburg area? Do you get a refer via an ordinary GP or do we set up an appointnment with a psycholgist or psychiatrist direct (from yellow pages etc). I am very anxious to get a professional opinion as soon as possible and do not want to waste unnecessary time
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

It is your g who really needs to take the essential steps --- to recognize that she is depressed, and does have a problem, and needs treatment which can help her to feel enormously better. Encourage her to see ANY psychiatrist or even GP in her area, for a start. I get the impression that many psychiatrists are accepting direct referrals, but in case this causes any delays, your quickest bet might be to get a referral from a GP nearby
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