What Your Doctor Needs to Know
The impact of depression isn't always visible. So it's important to remember that your doctor relies on your feedback to understand how you've been feeling and to help make decisions with you about your treatment.
In addition to your symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor how your depression has been affecting your overall ability to function (in work or school, your social life, and your family life). Being open with your doctor will help give both of you a more complete picture of your depression.
Even if you've been living with depression for a while, it's important to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. Symptoms of depression can include*:
- Loss of interest in favorite activities
- Low energy or fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability, restlessness, or feeling slowed down
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Significant weight change
- Sadness most of the day
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Thoughts about suicide or dying
Remember, all of your symptoms are worth bringing up with
Regardless of how much time you have to discuss your depression with your doctor, it's important to make the most of it. To help your doctor make decisions about your treatment, focus on things like your symptoms and how they affect your ability to function (in work or school, your social life, and your family life). It can help both you and your doctor get the most out of your appointments.
Important Safety InformationHigh fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, changes in pulse, heart rate and blood pressure may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare and serious condition that can lead to death.
*A diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, commonly referred to as depression, requires having a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in activities a person used to enjoy. In addition, 4 of the other symptoms listed must also be present nearly every day for at least 2 weeks and be troublesome enough to interfere with daily functioning.
"Being aware of the fact that my symptoms were not resolved took a while." —Kalene, real ABILIFY patient
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