Sometimes, no matter how hard a person tries to pull himself or herself out of a low mood, nothing helps. It makes sense to think about talking to a doctor. In order to help, a doctor will want to know about the person’s feelings.

Every day I feel sad, empty, on the verge of tears.
I’ve lost interest in the things I used to enjoy.
I can’t motivate myself to do even little things.
My friends and family used to make me so happy, now it’s difficult to connect with them.
I eat too much. I’ve gained weight. I sleep too much.
I barely have the energy to go to work. When I do it feels like I’m not really there. I’m concerned that I may lose my job if I don’t pull everything together.
My ability to concentrate or focus seems to be slipping. I have trouble making decisions and remembering things.
I feel guilty and criticize myself a lot.
I feel hopeless. It seems nothing will ever get better and there’s nothing I can do about it.
I’m more irritable and short tempered.

 

When a doctor diagnoses clinical depression, it’s normal to have lots of questions.

Common Questions
Is this sadness or clinical depression?
What is clinical depression?
I don’t cry. I thought people with depression cried all the time?
Could this just be stress?
Why me?
Why now?
Does this mean I am a weak person?
What can my doctor do to help me?
Do I need to see a specialist?
Should I talk to someone?
Do I need to take drugs to feel better?
How long will it take me to feel better?
Will I have depression for the rest of my life?
Will I always have to take medicine?

Those who have questions about depression can find answers here. It’s a place to learn about the symptoms of depression and how to evaluate them personally. There’s information on working with a doctor to understand your options, including why a doctor might have prescribed Deplin®, a medical food, along with an antidepressant.

Click on the questions to the left to find out more about these topics.