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Depression – What You Need to Know
Depression is a mental health disorder that affects millions of people every year. It can be very debilitating, and it can make it hard for you to function normally. The good news is that most people with depression will recover if they get help.
Depression happens for a reason, and you can find out the cause by talking to your doctor. There are many things that can make you depressed, including genetics, life circumstances and brain changes.
There are also several different types of treatment for depression. You can try medications, talk therapy (psychotherapy), and other treatments that help you improve your mood. Some of these treatments are better than others for you, so it may take time to find out which ones work best for you.
Your doctor will ask you about your feelings and your behavior. Your doctor will also ask about your medical and family history. Your doctor might do a physical exam and blood tests to check for other conditions that could be causing your symptoms, like thyroid problems or vitamin D deficiencies.
You might be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist. A psychologist or psychiatrist is a mental health professional who is trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They can help you find out the cause of your depression and develop a treatment plan that works for you.
Psychotherapy can help you feel better by changing your distorted thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It can also help you learn new skills and ways to deal with your emotions. This can make it easier for you to have a happy, healthy life.
Medicine can also help by changing the way your brain chemistry works. Antidepressants are the most common type of medicine used to treat depression. They take about 4 to 6 weeks for your doctor to see the results, but they are very effective in most cases.
Your doctor will tell you what medicine is right for you and what side effects to watch out for. Some medicines may be harmful to your baby if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. If you are breastfeeding, you should talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for your depression.
Symptoms of depression include sadness, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, a lack of energy and low self-esteem. They also can include sleep problems, weight gain or loss, poor concentration or memory, and feeling hopeless and worthless.
These symptoms can last for days or weeks and might get worse at times, too. They can interfere with your daily routine and cause you to think of hurting yourself or others. If you have these symptoms, call your doctor or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away.
Depression is the most common mood disorder in the United States, and it’s the leading cause of disability. It can affect all ages and is a major cause of missed work and school days. It is more common in women than men and can be serious if left untreated. Getting help early is the key to making your recovery faster and more successful.