What is it?
Depression (d-preh-shun) is a type of mood disorder. A mood is an emotion or a feeling. Moods affect our behavior (how we act). Your mood also affects how you feel about yourself and life in general. Depression is a sad mood that you cannot control. If you feel sad for at least 2 weeks, you may be depressed.
Depression may be caused by a stressful change in your life. It may also be caused by a change in the chemicals in your brain. Sometimes illnesses can cause depression. Women are more likely to get depressed than men. You may be at higher risk for depression if you have one or more of these problems.
Signs and Symptoms:
Depression can start suddenly or slowly. Other people may see changes before you see or feel them. You may have one or more of the following symptoms.
Eating healthy well-balanced meals, getting regular exercise, and talking to and being with friends and family help depression.
You may need blood tests, x-rays, electrocardiogram (EKG), or a computed tomograph (CT) scan. You may also need medicine to help your depression. At first, you will probably be seen in a clinic or doctor's office. You may need to see your caregiver 1 to 4 times a month. You may need to go into the hospital for tests and treatment.
Herbs and Supplements:
Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.
Other ways of treating your symptoms : Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.
Talk to your caregiver if:
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You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment unless you might hurt yourself or someone else.
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