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Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Depression

Aug 18, 2007
Often depression ; anxiety disorder ;and bipolar disorder have the same symptoms. One may experience sadness; irritability; and obsessive thoughts. Doctors have found it hard to diagnose which disorder a person is suffering from. Listed below are a list of questions that may help you and your doctor better understand your condition and treatment.

What are the symptoms of depression?

If you are able to discuss your symptoms with your doctor , you will be able to gain a better insight into yourself. You will recognize symptoms that you hadn't even realized before were a problem. Your doctor will help you to better understand and will treat you accordingly.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorder?

One may be able to notice if they are experiencing an anxiety disorder. People have suffered from anxiety and other mood disorders as well as depression. Do you have coexisting conditions? If you do, that will affect the treatment your doctor has to offer you. It is important to know the type of anxiety disorder one is suffering from before treating.

What are bipolar symptoms?

If you experience severe highs and lows you could be suffering from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder has to be treated different than standard depression. Your treatment depends on the diagnosis be right. Once you are receiving treatment , it is still possible to have breakthrough symptoms. It is essential for one to know the symptoms to look for.

How often do different symptoms appear?

Note that it is important to understand the pattern of your symptoms.

How often do your symptoms occur

Do they occur at different times

Do they affect you functioning in life

If you keep track of the way your symptoms occur , this will help your doctor determine if your condition is a more complicated condition known as bipolar disorder. One's treatment can be stabilized with the proper treatment. Despite treatment, you may still experience mood changes. If you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder , it is essential that you stay in close contact with your doctor, in case you should need your treatment plan adjusted.

There are often other questions that involve whether or not symptoms will go away on their own; is it necessary to take medication; and when will an individual get to feeling better that should be asked to your attending doctor. Often many patients quit taking their medication before they begin to take full effect. Let your doctor discussed with you your treatment and stick to it.

Emotional illness can be a sensitive issue that many individual's find hard to discuss with others. Your doctor can tell you which way is best in handling one's situation . You will be given the support you need to make your life as easy as possible.
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