The symptoms and impact of depression are different for everyone. You may need to try a few different treatment combinations before you find one that works for you. Options can include therapy, counselling, medication, exercise and more.
Whether you’re just starting on your road to recovery, or whether you’ve been following a treatment plan for some time, talking openly to your doctor about how your depression is affecting you is crucial. It will enable you to work together to decide on the most appropriate treatment approach to suit you and your individual needs.
You may find the tips below useful in helping you to have a productive conversation with your doctor.
Understand your symptoms
Knowing the different symptoms of depression is the first step to recognising how the condition is affecting you and starting an informed conversation with your doctor. Information about the symptoms of depression is available here
Be open and honest
The symptoms of depression can affect different people in different ways. Tell your doctor if you are having difficulties in any area of your daily life or work, even if you think they are unimportant or embarrassing. Download our discussion guide here
Keep a symptom diary
Take a few minutes to write down how you are feeling and whether you have experienced any difficulties each day. This can help you and your doctor to spot any patterns of symptoms and adjust your treatment plan accordingly