Before you start, It is important for you to know a few things.
Firstly, the following article covers a diverse knowledge related to depression which you would want to know before you meet your doctor.
Secondly, it is not right to put yourself in the category of patients who have depression.
Thirdly, you should know the difference between tension and depression. It might be possible that all those feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, and melancholy which you have been feeling for a long time are not what you can call as depression.
Fourthly, consider that depression is a psychological disorder and you are not a psychologist to categorize you, under the category of mental disorder/s.
Depression is one of the psychological disorders. The latest calculation says that around 300 million people in the whole world are suffering from depression. Psychological studies suggest that depression is found more in women than men. Helping a man with depression is easy than helping women.
The following article will give you insight about depression, two of its kinds, depression symptoms, treatment, therapies, practical guide on how to talk to the doctor about depression, medications and the key to handle depression.
Cautions: Medicines are not prescribed by any psychologist or psychiatrist. We are not responsible for any side effect on using them without prescription from registered Dr, Psychiatrist or Pharmacist. It is for information purpose only.
Depression is an emotional state in which a person faces extreme sadness, low energy, loss of concentration, sleep, interest, appetite, and sexual desire. And he/she is haunted by the feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
Depression comes in the category of mood disorders and also psychotic disorders.
Types of Depression
According to the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), there are two types of depression:
- Bipolar-Depression and Mania
Symptoms of Depression
DSM-IV-TR criteria for depression is sad, melancholic and depressed mood nearly every day or two weeks, loss of interest and pleasure daily activities and four of Unipolar Depression Symptoms
DSM-IV-TR criteria for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder is, the irritable mood for at least 1 week and three of Bipolar Depression Symptoms
Causes of Depression
Depression is the sorrowful condition which can attack in any age of childhood, adolescence or old age. There are many different causes of depression, which totally depends upon the person.
It can happen in children when they have to go to school and they get this separation anxiety. The child fears that his parents might disappear or die so he refuses to go to school. In old people, it can occur due to the loss of self-esteem and feeling of worthlessness.
In adolescents, it occurs due to the wrong attitudes and antisocial behavior. There can be many other factors and causes leading towards depression like parents’ death or some near-dear’s death or the deprivation from the precious property, losing a best friend or bereavement and divorce.
The Treatment of Depression
There are certain therapies which can be used by the psychologist once you visit him. There can be from one of the following:
It can help to talk about their depression and to get rid of the overwhelming depressed thoughts along with several kinds of strategies to resolve them.
According to the psychodynamic approach, those unconscious events which provoke depression can be brought into consciousness with the help of psychoanalysis and the patient is able to recognize the problem and think of ways to tackle with it.
The cognitive method helps patient to learn to correct his negative thinking which provokes depression. It makes them able to recognize the relationship between their thoughts, behaviors and feelings.
It also trains patients to change their prejudiced thinking and cognition with the real one and to change their wrong beliefs with the right beliefs.
How to talk to Your Family about Depression
Because you have been feeling depressed so it may be helpful to speak with your family about it. Family can support you the best in your down period. Instead of talking to your whole family, you can talk with the most endeared member of your family.
Ask your family whether they have been through the same state and what strategies they used to cope with depression. It is also important to ask the family history of depression, whether apart from your family, any relative suffered this way or not.
This will help your doctor to come up with a better solution to your problem.
Talk to Your Best Friends
Sometimes, you are unable to talk to your family. In that case, you can talk to your friends and seek their advice.
Visit a Doctor, Psychologist or Psychiatrist
A professional can treat your disease or problem in the best possible way. So, you should consider your family doctor first.
What to do before a Doctor’s Appointment?
You should make a list of how you have been feeling and what symptoms you have been noticing and experiencing. Mention the time period along with it.
- Are these symptoms affecting your daily routine? If yes, then write it down.
- If you are taking any medicines then do mention them in your list.
- If you have been taking vitamin supplements or any drugs, note them down.
- Don’t forget to mention your family history of depression or any other biological disease.
- Take previous medical reports with you while you visit a doctor.
- If you have been previously taking medicines for depression, tell them to your doctor.
These handmade notes will help you to communicate effectively with your doctor and it will help him to better understand and treat your symptoms.
Next Step is to Make an Appointment
Don’t postpone and make an appointment with the doctor. For some people, visiting a doctor is as scary as their disease or disorder is. But you can take someone with you while you visit your doctor.
It can be any person you confide in like your any family member or a close friend.
This way you will feel better and confident. While struggling through the depressed period, it is really essential to feel encouraged, hopeful and confident.
What to do while you visit a Doctor?
Your doctor will first look at whether you are suffering from any biological disease. Once that is figured out, he will go further.
It is possible that you may be facing depression due to any biological illness.
Often doctors work in collaboration with a psychologist or psychiatrist.
But there is nothing to be afraid of.
You might be feeling that you cannot trust your doctor or psychologist but as a matter of fact, your information stays a secret. They do not share your personal history with anyone so you can trust easily and explain whatever you feel.
There is no need to be embarrassed about your behavior, attitude, and feelings.
The more you will open up, the more it would be easy for your doctor to recognize your symptoms and assist you.
- As you will be describing your symptoms, ask him whether this is depression or not?
- Ask how can you improve?
- You can also question him about whether you need to visit a specialist or whether you need counseling?
As it was suggested above to make a list, it is better to mention everything in it. Sometimes you forget what to ask and become confused. Your list will help you at that time.
Treating Depression with Medication
If your doctor suggests you take medicines,
- Ask about the benefits and side effects of the medicine.
- Ask whether it will make your condition better or not.
Patience is the Key (to fight with depression)
Remember that it’s not necessary that in the first sitting or session, your disease will be diagnosed. It can take two or more sittings.
Because you will be given medications and therapies, once, your disease is diagnosed. So, be patient and don’t hurry.