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How to Cope With Depression
Although the condition is a common affliction, people can take steps to alleviate its symptoms. Fortunately, depression is a treatable condition and 80% to 90% of patients experience relief from its symptoms. Before beginning any treatment for depression, a health care professional should conduct a thorough assessment. This assessment should include an in-depth interview and physical examination. In addition to these tests, your health care professional may order blood work to rule out underlying medical conditions. Reversing such conditions may alleviate the symptoms of depression. During the evaluation, your health care professional will explore your specific symptoms and discuss your medical history and your cultural and environmental background.
Individual therapy is often used to treat depression, but it is also beneficial to seek treatment in a group. Individual therapy helps you establish a relationship with a single therapist and can help you address problems within your closest relationships. It may also involve group therapy, which brings together people with the same mental health problems and teaches them how to cope with similar situations. Depending on the severity of your depression, your therapy may last for a few weeks or a few months. In many cases, however, you can experience an improvement in as little as 10 to 15 sessions.
Social support is extremely important in dealing with depression. While you may not be able to participate in activities you used to enjoy, try talking to friends and family. If you can’t find friends or family to talk to, consider joining a depression support group. Don’t feel shy about asking for help; the truth is, you may find that doing so will improve your mood significantly. Remember that recovery from depression takes time and often seems frustrating, but it will improve over time.
If you suspect you might be suffering from depression, see your primary care physician for a diagnosis. Oftentimes, physicians will diagnose depression and recommend an appointment with a psychiatrist. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, you should also seek treatment from a mental health professional as soon as possible. If you’re unable to change your lifestyle, it’s important to see a doctor. It’s crucial to get the right treatment for your condition so you can start feeling better again.
Although depression isn’t hereditary, your genetic code can affect your chances of developing it. Short genes, which you inherit from both parents, are associated with a greater risk of depression. Other factors that may influence your risk of developing depression include a family history of the disorder, substance use disorders, and learning disabilities. Anxiety is a big contributor to the symptoms of depression. Therefore, you may be eligible for social security disability insurance if you experience symptoms of depression.
Finding a therapist for depression is essential. Ideally, you should be able to find someone through referral from your primary care physician. A good therapist may also be available through a community mental health clinic. Those who can’t afford to pay full price can opt for sliding-scale services. In addition to referrals from primary care doctors, there are therapists available at low-cost community clinics. The first consultation will be free and will allow you to explore a wide range of options.