We all feel depressed at one point or the other in our lives. But if this mood lasts for a longer period then it is called a mood disorder known as depressive disorder. It is the most commonly occurring disability in the world. People from the age of 16 to 60 can fall victim to this problem. It is the most common mental illness for women and men.
Depression is stigmatised and misunderstood in our community. It is not a weakness or measure of negative personality. It is necessary to understand this disease and create awareness about it. If any one of your loved one is showing symptoms of depression or any suicidal tendencies you should contact a psychiatrist or a physician immediately.
Before going to the doctor, make a list of all the symptoms that you are feeling. Don’t worry if the symptoms seem small or non significant to you. They might give a clue to the doctor about your problem.
Everyone knows the emotional symptoms of the depression. But many times the physical symptoms are not co related with the disease. It’s very easy to miss out few symptoms of depression.
So prior going to the physician, list all the symptoms that you are facing. Make a list of all the current health condition that you have. Also take note of all the medications that you are taking currently. Don’t forget to mention if you have any drug allergy or genetic disorder in the family.
Hence here are few questions that you need to ask your physician about depression.
What Kind of Depression am I Suffering from?
Depression can present itself in many forms. There are different lines of treatments for different types of depression.
Will Depression Affect my Diet and Apetite?
Many people have different symptoms when it comes to depression. People notice different types of changes in their body. Some people lose a lot of weight because they lose their apetite. On the other hand, many of them tend to eat a lot. As it helps in relieving the depressive thoughts in some of them, they tend to binge eat to feel better and end up gaining a lot of weight.
How will Depression Affect my Sleep?
Again, the question to this answer varies according to people. Most of the people have this misconception that depression causes you to sleep more. In some cases this is true, but the reverse is also possible. Some of the people suffering from depression find it hard to get enough sleep. They wake up in the middle of the night at the slightest disturbance, and have trouble falling back asleep.
Are my Existing Health Concerns Contributing to the Depression?
Many times having concomitant conditions like hypothyroidism (decreased levels of thyroid hormone), cancer and heart disease may increase the symptoms of depression.
Do I Need to take Medications for Depression?
Many times psychotherapy alone will help you recover from depression but taking along with the therapy has shown a better results. Many times in cases where symptoms are very severe such as suicidal thoughts or self loathing, medications can help in achieving better control in less duration of time.
Do my Symptoms need Additional Medications?
Sometimes the psychiatrist may give you additional medications for the resistant symptoms. E.g. if someone is suffering from insomnia (inability to fall asleep) then additional sedatives can be prescribed by the doctor.
What are the Side Effects of these Medicines?
The different types of medications given for depression can cause different types of side effects. Discuss the pros and cons of these medications with your doctor.
What Changes should I need to make in my Lifestyle?
Ask the doctor about what changes you need to do in your daily routine such as avoiding alcohol, no drug abuse, and exercising every day.
What should I do in Case of Emergency?
Ask your psychiatrist for any medicines that you should keep with you which act rapidly. If you become a threat to yourself, then your family should know what plan of action they need to take.