What Your Doctor Needs to Know
If you've been on an antidepressant for at least 6 weeks but are still experiencing symptoms of depression, it's important to talk with your doctor. There may be more he or she can do to help your depressive symptoms. But in order to do that, your doctor needs to hear how you've been feeling.
How Depression Is Affecting You
In addition to discussing your symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor about any other ways your depression is affecting you. This may include your overall ability to function (in work or school, your social life, and your family life). This information can go a long way toward helping your doctor evaluate your treatment. Remember, the more open you are, the better he or she can help.
Talking about your depression and how it affects you is not always easy. So to help you and your doctor have a more productive discussion, review the questions below and take them to your next appointment.
- I've been on my antidepressant for _____ months/years. Have I seen the improvement in my symptoms of depression that I was looking for?
- Am I still having symptoms of depression even though I've been on an antidepressant for at least 6 weeks?
- Are my unresolved depressive symptoms still affecting my overall ability to function (in work or school, my social life, and family life)?
- How might ABILIFY help treat my unresolved symptoms of depression?
- Does adding ABILIFY mean I have to change my current treatment?
- What side effects should I know about?
- If we add ABILIFY after at least 6 weeks on an antidepressant, how soon might I start to see improvement in my unresolved depressive symptoms?
- Based on my overall health and current treatment, might ABILIFY be right for me?
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