It is common to feel lost and confused about what actually is a diagnosis of depression versus feeling sad, and how to get treated for depression.
In our previous post, we discussed signs of depression and related risk factors. More than half the people who have depression may not even recognize the symptoms and even less receive formal a diagnosis or engage in treatment. Below is some helpful information to start the task of getting the help you may need.
Perhaps you’ve noticed some significant changes in your mood and behaviour. You do not really need to know more than that to seek professional advice. Just the fact that you are feeling “not like your normal self” or “off” is enough to take the first step and consult with a psychologist, counsellor, or psychiatrist. They will be the ones who can help give you a diagnosis if you need one and ultimately treat your symptoms. Your provider will ask a series of questions. A psychiatrist may also ask you to get blood tests done to rule out an underlying medical conditions.
Here is some information that your provider will want to know:
- When these feelings and sensations began and how long they have lasted for
- How has your life been impacted as a result of these feelings
- If your family has a history of depression or other mental disorders
- If you have a history of drug or alcohol use
- The environmental or cultural stressors you may be currently experiencing in your life
There is no one proven way to treat depression. Your ultimate treatment plan will be unique to you and will address your specific feelings and sensations. Broadly speaking, however, most common treatment plans often fall into these two categories: psychotherapy and medication
It is an effective front-line treatment option for common mental health problems like depression. While there are various types or modalities of therapy, the common goal across all types is to help you understand your specific issues and learn strategies to effectively manage those issues. Modalities may differ in their approach, technique and/or area of focus. Ultimately, therapy can promote well-being by enhancing healthy and adaptive thoughts and behaviors, promoting effectiveness in ability to cope to future event
Antidepressants are common medical treatments for depression, especially for those with severe forms of the condition. Antidepressants can bring about mood stability or improvements in the first or second month of use, but typically require longer use to produce significant benefits. Often medication is prescribed in conjunction with a psychotherapy treatment plan for maximum effectiveness.
We know it’s hard to seek care but don’t ignore your symptoms. We’re here to help! To get an expert, confidential opinion from a mental health specialist, consult our providers on Veera.
Reviewed by Rohini Bagrodia, Ph.D. in training, Clinical Psychologist
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