When I became ill with depression and anxiety the first psychiatrist I saw was of little help to me . He did give me an antidepressant but other than that he
listened to me but really did not respond. I knew I needed more than that and asked him to refer me to another psychiatrist. At the first appointment with her she reassured me that I was not going crazy (I was sure I was before that!) She said I had depression and anxiety and that it is very treatable. She then gave me her home phone number in case I ever needed it!! (I never did use it.) I know that she must have been an angel and I know there are not many like her but I do think a good psychiatrist does more than just prescribe. I imagine that psychologists and social workers are a mixed bag too.
Some great, some so-so and some hopeless.
If you do not have a good one – keep looking!