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Questions to Ask your doctor about Getting Help for Depression

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Are you recently diagnosed with depression? Do you want to know more about depression? Then, you are at the right place! To start beating depression, see your doctor soon to ask about getting help for Depression.

Let me tell you a brief about depression before you go ahead reading below. On a serious note, Depression is a serious medical condition, which affects thoughts, moods, feelings, behaviors and physical health. In simple words, low mood is caused that doesn’t go away soon due to which we become sad and withdrawn. Depression tampers with our everyday life and makes it difficult to cope. Here is some question for you to ask your doctor about the depression.

Top 10 questions to ask in getting help for Depression with Doctor

  • How do I know if I am depressed or just feeling low?

The symptoms of depression include-

  1. Sad Mood
  2. Preoccupation with past failures or inadequacies
  3. Loss of self-esteem
  4. Feelings of uselessness, hopelessness, excessive guilt
  5. Loss of interest in work, hobbies, people
  6. Lethargy and fatigue
  7. Agitation or restlessness
  8. Changes in weight and appetite — eating too little or too much
  9. Oversleeping or insomnia
  10. Thoughts of death, dying or suicide.

  • Does depression run in families?

Anyone can be depressed, but Experts believe depression does run in the family and genetics has a role in it. But chances are that you won’t get. Having a family member with depression increases your risk of developing the disorder. Women are two-folds at higher risk than men to become depressed.

  • What can be done for my depression?

Your doctor will advise you about the best type of treatment based on your type and severity of symptoms. Medications and psychotherapy will be helpful to you to cope up with feelings related to depression and finding effective ways to deal with daily stressors that affect your wellbeing.

  • Does medication really work; do I really need to take them?

Medication along with psychotherapy is highly effective in treating depression. Antidepressants are usually given for treating depression. This affects the levels of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine. Antidepressant does take a few weeks to start showing its effect.

  • Are there any side effects of the medicines?

Like any medication, antidepressants might cause side effects depending on your current health conditions. The side effects vary based on person and type of drugs. A lot of people discontinue their medications due to the side effects; little do they remember that this will help you to recover. a person taking antidepressants might have side effects like insomnia, sleepiness, increased anxiety, etc.

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  • Why is the antidepressant taking time to start working?

Few reasons why your medication might take a bit longer time are based on the low dosage, or body weight of the individual, effects of other drugs, caffeine, alcohol, smoking, unhealthy eating.

  • Do most people with depression attempt to commit suicide?

No. Most people who suffer from depression do not attempt suicide. National Mental Health Association, says that 30-70% of suicide victims have suffered from some form of depression. Hence, this makes it very important to consult the psychologist regularly.

  • How might depression affect me?

Depression can affect your sleep pattern by either no sleep (Insomnia) or oversleeping. Talking to your psychologist will help you deal with all the above. Studies indicate that depression can increase the feelings of physical pains.

  • What kind of diet do I follow or avoid treating my depression?

Researchers found that people who didn’t have enough of nutrient in their diets were more likely to be depressed. Few foods which will help in fighting depression are Brazil nut which is rich in selenium, foods with beta-carotene like carrot pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes.

  • Are there any self-help strategies to ease the burden on myself while I am depressed?

The earlier you seek treatment in Getting help for Depression and start treatment, the better (and faster) your recovery will be.

  • Set a realistic goal and take baby steps like starting to eat the right foods, maintaining a diet, sleeping on time etc.
  • Stay active by either exercise, cooking, going to the movies, or dinners with friends, doing activities you once enjoyed.
  • Be around other people. Isolating yourself from others worsens your mood try to spend time with family and friends
  • Divide your major tasks into smaller chunks by setting priorities etc. And don’t overburden yourself.
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