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Depression – Diagnosis and Treatment
Depression – Diagnosis and Treatment
Among the most treatable mental disorders, depression is highly treatable. Up to 90% of patients respond to treatment for their depression, and almost all of them experience symptomatic relief. A health professional will perform a thorough diagnosis of depression. This will involve a physical exam and a detailed interview. Blood tests may also be conducted to rule out underlying medical conditions. If this is the case, reversing the condition would alleviate depression-like symptoms. In addition to diagnosing depression, the health professional will explore specific symptoms and the patient’s medical history, cultural and environmental factors.
Various types of psychotherapy are available for treating depression. Cognitive behavior therapy aims to identify depression-causing thoughts and behaviors. Behavioral therapy, on the other hand, aims to help patients overcome social isolation and develop relationships with others. Psychotherapy is often used in conjunction with medication. In some cases, psychotherapy may be an alternative treatment for depression, or a stand-alone therapy for a specific disorder. However, it is not a cure for depression.
Self-care for depression involves connecting with other people and taking care of your body. Make sure to get enough sleep (7-9 hours per night) and eat a nutritious diet. Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs as these may worsen depression symptoms. Encourage yourself to do things that make you feel better, like talking to a trusted friend or doing something nice for someone else. Over time, you’ll find that these activities become easier and more enjoyable as your depression improves.
If you feel that you may be suffering from depression, it’s important to consult your GP. Early diagnosis of depression is crucial for a full recovery. Antidepressant medication and therapy will not alleviate your condition if the underlying medical problem is the source. Once your primary care physician has made the diagnosis, you’ll have to make changes to your lifestyle and seek treatment accordingly. Your primary care provider can also refer you to a mental health specialist for further assistance.
Depending on the severity of the condition, there are two types of depression: major depression and minor depression. Major depression is characterized by a person’s persistent low mood for at least two weeks. It can affect any age, although it usually begins in adulthood. While many people experience one episode of depressive symptoms, most people have several over their lifetime. There is no cure for depression, but proper treatment can help the symptoms improve significantly. And it is important to recognize that depression is not a choice.
Although many people don’t realize it, depression affects one in every 15 adults in the United States. More than one-third of women experience at least one major depressive episode in their lifetime. Anxiety is a significant factor in depression. A person suffering from depression should seek help immediately to avoid further complications. It is important to seek help if you have any signs of depression. If you’re worried about yourself or your loved ones, seek professional help.