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Depression Symptoms and Treatment
Depression Symptoms and Treatment
If you suspect that you might have depression, your first step is a visit to a health care professional. Your health care provider will examine your physical appearance, ask you questions about your symptoms, and may order lab tests. Your doctor may also order some tests to rule out other conditions that can cause depression. He or she may also order tests to check for certain conditions that can affect your thoughts or reactions to alcohol or drugs. Generally, 80% to 90% of people with depression respond to treatment, and most patients experience relief from symptoms.
Once you have determined that you’re suffering from depression, it’s time to seek treatment. There are many different types of therapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, for example, aims to pinpoint thoughts and behaviors that contribute to depression. Couples and family therapy, on the other hand, is aimed at working together to address issues that contribute to depression. Problem-solving therapy may focus on developing new ways to deal with the problem, such as getting a job.
Another type of drug is known as MAOI, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. These drugs work by inhibiting the chemical in the brain that causes the feelings of pleasure. However, these medications have been linked to heart rhythm issues in children and are not recommended for use in children. They also may not be the best choice for first-time users of depression. If you’re considering taking an MAOI, check with your doctor for possible interactions with other medications and foods.
Major depression includes depressive symptoms most of the time and interferes with your ability to work, study, or sleep. Persistent depressive disorder, on the other hand, is marked by less severe symptoms that last at least two years. Other forms of depression include perinatal depression, which occurs in women, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder. For some people, the symptoms will come and go with the seasons. Getting a proper diagnosis is crucial to your recovery.
Antidepressants are generally safe, but some may cause an increased risk of harm to the unborn child if taken by a woman who is pregnant. If you are worried about taking antidepressants during pregnancy, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Research has shown that antidepressants improve depression symptoms in adults, but it is unclear whether they are safe for use during pregnancy. A doctor may recommend psychotherapy to help manage your depression.
While feeling down is an inevitable part of life, if you allow yourself to suffer for longer, it is a serious illness that requires treatment. Symptoms of depression may be mild or severe, and affect your body and mood. It can also occur in people with other mental illnesses. If you are suffering from depression, it is important to seek treatment as early as possible. It’s important to note that depression tends to run in families, so it’s important to get a diagnosis as early as possible.
In addition to visiting a health care provider for treatment, a smartphone app can be helpful in providing general education about depression. You can also try mindfulness meditation and exercise. Using one or two of these techniques daily can make a difference in your life. Your primary care doctor is the main point of contact between you and other mental health providers, and they are the ones to refer you to the right specialist. Sometimes, it’s difficult to get help for depression because you feel hopeless.