Understanding if your feelings are signs of depression or short lived feelings caused by a challenge such as a job loss, an illness or the death of a loved one is not always easy. Your first step to feeling better may be making an appointment to speak with your doctor. Just like high blood pressure, depression is a health problem that primary care doctors are trained to help patients manage. But you can also talk to another doctor, like your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), about your feelings. All doctors are trained to help you understand your feelings and guide you on a path to feeling better.
It’s a good idea to plan ahead for your visit with a doctor. Be honest, and talk about:
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Be sure to read On the Road to Living Well for additional tips on taking charge, how to get help and how to talk to a doctor.
Minor depression can be treated by talking to a doctor or therapist and working on a self-care plan. Some people will also need to take medications to treat their depression.
A good self-care plan includes these healthy habits…
Depression can make it hard to stay motivated or remember to do some of the things that make you feel good. So it’s a good idea to take small steps – start with one or two healthy habits and write weekly goals to help keep you on track and feel better.
Many people also find it helpful to keep a journal of their thoughts and feelings. Putting your feelings into writing is a good way to: