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Depression – How to Identify It and Manage It Effectively
Depression is a mood disorder that can cause serious problems in a person’s life. This may include problems at work, at home or in relationships with other people. It may also involve thoughts of harming yourself or others. In severe cases, depression can lead to suicide, which is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
There is no single cause of depression, but it is usually linked to stressful events in a person’s life. For example, a loss of a loved one can trigger depression in some people. In other cases, a medical condition may cause depression. For many people, depression can be a symptom of another condition, such as an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, and can last for months or even years. They often affect a person’s ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy normal activities. They can be hard to recognise and are a sign that you should seek help as soon as possible.
Identifying depression and learning how to manage it effectively can help you get better. The first step is to talk about your feelings and how you’re feeling with someone, such as a health professional or your family doctor. They can help you decide whether you need to see a specialist and what sort of treatment is best for you.
Ask your doctor to assess you for depression if you are experiencing some of the above symptoms or if you have any other concerns. They will ask you questions about the intensity of your symptoms, how long they have been there and how they affect your life.
If your doctor thinks you have depression, they will likely refer you to a psychiatrist. They will carry out a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and a physical examination. This will help them identify the specific symptoms that are causing your problems and explore your family history and other factors, such as your diet.
Your doctor will then make a diagnosis and plan a treatment plan that will include medication, psychotherapy or both. They will also provide you with support to help you cope and stay well.
Medication for depression is most effective if it is started quickly and is used regularly. Antidepressants work by increasing the availability of neurotransmitters in your brain. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are the most common type of antidepressant.
The amount of medication you need will depend on the severity of your depression, how long it has been going on and if you’ve tried other treatments. Most doctors prescribe a low dose of an antidepressant and then increase it as you improve. You’ll need to take the medicine for four to nine months, or longer if needed, to stop the depression coming back.
There are many different types of antidepressant, so you and your health care provider will need to select the right medicine for you. It may take a while for the medication to start working, so be patient.