hen it comes to treating depression, it takes strength and courage to ask for the help you need. Talk to your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing during your next appointment. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, many people with depression never seek treatment. Some don’t recognize the symptoms, while others feel too ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help.
In a perfect world, partnering with your health care professional to talk about your depression treatment options would be a relatively easy task. But we know that in reality, things can get in the way. Doctors may sometimes be pressed for time. You may forget the questions you meant to ask during your visit. And sometimes you may ask questions only to get home and realize you’re not quite clear about the answers. Here are some smart ways for you and your health care professional to work together to make sure you’re getting the most out of your next visit.
A good starting point
Here are a few thoughts that may lead to a more productive conversation with your health care professional:
Getting the answers you need
We just talked about some steps you can take to make sure your health care professional has the information needed from you. Now, how can you ensure that you get the information you need? Here are some tips to help make that happen:
Following up from home
By now you’ve read some smart tips to help you better partner with your doctor and get the most out of your visit. While the list may seem long, if you employ just a few tips at a time, you may find your visits will be much richer experiences.
Don’t forget to discuss what’s important to you. Be your own advocate. Successful treatment of depression is a realistic goal. When correctly diagnosed and treated, the majority of people with depression experience improvement of their symptoms and go on to live productive lives.
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