If you have recently been diagnosed with depression, have questions about depression, or are not sure whether your illness is under control, talking to your doctor or psychiatrist (a doctor who specializes in mental health conditions) can help. It is important for your doctor to understand how your depression is affecting your daily life and normal functioning.
This doctor discussion guide will help you talk to your doctor or psychiatrist about your depression.
Remember to ask for extra time when making your appointment so that you won't feel rushed during your discussion.
To print your personalized doctor discussion guide:
What symptoms are you experiencing?
For each statement choose a number from 0 to 4 that describes the impact on your daily life, where 4 has the highest impact and 0 has no impact:
0 = no impact on daily life/no symptoms
1 = mild impact on daily life
2 = moderate impact on daily life
3 = severe impact on daily life
4 = debilitating impact on daily life
FACT: Depression can affect anyone at any age, although it most commonly appears between 15 and 45 years of age.
FACT: Serious depression affects about 11% of Canadians at some time in their lives, and about 4% during any given year
FACT: During depression treatment, sleep and appetite often improve before your mood improves.
FACT: Weight loss is considered significant if you gain or lose more than 5% of your body weight within a month.
FACT: Having a close relative with depression, experiencing childhood trauma or the death of a loved one, or worrying a lot about problems may increase the likelihood of experiencing an episode of depression
FACT: Up to 76% of people with depression also experience physical symptoms, such as headache, stomach pain, and back pain