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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Has a doctor diagnosed you or your loved one with depression?

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Most important questions to ask about Depression

Top 10 Questions about Depression

  1. What is depression and what causes it?
  2. What are the symptoms of depression?
  3. How is depression diagnosed?
  4. What should my family and friends know about my condition?
  5. What should my family, friends, or I do if my depression is getting worse or if I have thoughts of suicide or hurting myself?
  6. What are all my treatment options for depression?
  7. What might happen if I do nothing to treat depression?
  8. What is psychotherapy (talk therapy) and how can it help me manage my depression?
  9. What can I expect from antidepressant medication? How long will it take to start working?
  10. For what side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?
  1. What is depression and what causes it?
  2. What types of mental health and medical professionals do I need to see and when?
  3. What are the symptoms of depression?
  4. Could my depression symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  5. How is depression diagnosed?
  6. Can my primary care doctor diagnose depression or will I need to see a psychiatrist?
  7. What does a psychological evaluation for depression involve?
  8. When and how will I learn the results of my depression diagnosis?
  9. Is depression curable or controllable so I can live a normal life?
  10. How can depression affect my behavior, daily functioning, and overall health?
  11. What should my family and friends know about my condition?
  12. How will my family, friends or I know if my depression is worsening?
  13. Since starting treatment for depression, I have developed new symptoms. What do they mean and what treatment do I need?
  14. What should my family, friends, or I do if my depression is getting worse or if I have thoughts of suicide or hurting myself?
  15. Who has access to my health information, including my depression diagnosis, and how is that information used?
  16. What are all my treatment options for depression?
  17. Will I need psychotherapy, medication or both to treat depression?
  18. What might happen if I do nothing to treat depression?
  19. How can my family and friends support my depression treatment plan?
  20. How will I know if my treatment plan isn't working well and needs to be changed?
  21. What is electroconvulsive therapy and when is it recommended for depression?
  22. What is psychotherapy (talk therapy) and how can it help me manage my depression?
  23. What is cognitive behavioral therapy and how can it help me manage my depression?
  24. How can a depression support group help me? What depression support groups are available?
  25. Do I need to continue psychotherapy if I feel better and am functioning well?
  26. What can I expect from antidepressant medication? How long will it take to start working?
  27. How and when should I take my medication for depression and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  28. How long will I need to take antidepressant medication?
  29. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my antidepressant medication?
  30. For what side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?
  31. What might happen if I use street drugs, drink alcohol, or stop taking my medication?

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Top 10 Questions about Depression

  1. What is depression and what causes it?
  2. What are the symptoms of depression?
  3. How is depression diagnosed?
  4. What should my family and friends know about my condition?
  5. What should my family, friends, or I do if my depression is getting worse or if I have thoughts of suicide or hurting myself?
  6. What are all my treatment options for depression?
  7. What might happen if I do nothing to treat depression?
  8. What is psychotherapy (talk therapy) and how can it help me manage my depression?
  9. What can I expect from antidepressant medication? How long will it take to start working?
  10. For what side effects should my family, friends or I call my doctor or 911?

Medical Reviewer: George Grossberg, MD. Last Annual Review Date: Nov 20, 2012 Copyright: © Copyright 2013 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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