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Your Doctor Visit

Talking to your health care provider for the first time is the first step in treating your depression. Communicating with your doctor is vital and the patient information you provide may help facilitate the first conversation between you and your doctor.

Learn the signs and symptoms of depression so you can discuss them with your doctor.

Talking to your doctor is important.
Your doctor needs to know how you are feeling to be able to help you.

If you are feeling sad, or don’t want to do things you used to enjoy, talk to your doctor.

Feeling “blue” or losing interest in things you used to like to do may be a sign of depression.

If these feelings have happened nearly every day, all day, for at least 2 weeks, it’s time to talk to your doctor.

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Patient information your doctor may ask for.
To help your doctor help you, you may be asked for certain information. That’s because your doctor needs as much information as possible to help determine the best treatment for you.

Remember, the purpose is to help the doctor help you get better. Your doctor will want to know about your physical health.

Your doctor may ask for information about the following:

  1. Illnesses you have now or have had in the past.

  2. Depression or other mental illnesses you or your family members have had in the past.

  3. General medical illnesses that run in your family.

  4. Medicines (either prescription or over-the-counter) that you now take or take regularly.

  5. Allergies you have to foods, medicines, or other things.

  6. Recent changes or stress in your life.

  7. Any alcohol or other drugs you are using.

Click here for the signs and symptoms checklist.

Your health care provider needs information to help you get better.

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