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WHEN SHOULD A DEPRESSED PERSON APPLY TO PSYCHIATRY?

A depression test can help you assess the severity of your disease. It is available online for free. It includes questions about our well-being, choices and our opinions. It is a screening test for identifying symptoms of depression. Its result can be a valuable clue, but it is not a substitute for a medical examination. If the symptoms of depression do not improve for a long time (over 2 weeks), we experience mood swings, depression, sadness and we have sleep problems, we should seek the help of a psychiatrist. If you want to remain anonymous, you can bypass the official health service and use the help of a private psychiatrist, but you should expect a visit fee

CAN DEPRESSION BE TREATED?

Treatment of depression is difficult and long-lasting (lasting at least 6 months), because depression is a severe chronic disease with a tendency to recur. Medicines for depression are selected individually by the doctor, depending on the patient’s condition, type of depression and life situation. They should be used systematically and strictly as recommended by a specialist to avoid side effects. Although the currently used antidepressants are basically not addictive, do not change the personality and do not make them dull, patients approach them with a lot of caution. In the most severe cases and in drug-resistant depression, the method of electroconvulsive therapy is used, which helps 80% of patients. In addition to pharmacological treatment, psychotherapy is also used, which should also include the relatives who look after the patient. Read here how TMS Therapy can help you with depression¬†

HOW TO HELP A PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION?

A person suffering from depression is usually secretive, ashamed of his illness and avoids contact with people, even his relatives. To help, don’t be too intrusive. You must not exert pressure as it will be counterproductive. It takes a lot of tact and patience when dealing with someone suffering from depression. You should take care that you take your medications regularly, maintain a proper diet and exercise. It is worth limiting his contacts with people he does not like, and protecting him from stressful situations. We should give him a sense of security, understanding and love.