Is Your Depression Under Control?

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When you are on treatment for depression it is always good to monitor whether your condition is improving or not. The following are questions used to assess whether your condition is improving.

INTEREST AND PLEASURE

Are you having little or no interest in things you do? When depression is under control you enjoy things that interest you and find pleasure in activities that you used to enjoy. 

NEGATIVE FEELINGS

Do you feel hopeless, depressed or down? If you constantly feel like that, especially if it lasts for a long period, you may need revision of medication or additional psychotherapy – especially if there were no triggers, and if it starts affecting your daily life.

LOW ENERGY LEVELS 

Are your energy levels low? Do you find yourself unable to perform everyday tasks such as taking a bath or brushing your teeth? Energy levels can decrease due to other causes such as not eating enough, sleep deprivation and other diseases. Speak to your doctor if you are not sure about this.

APPETITE CHANGES

Are you overeating or undereating? Once you have been on the correct treatment for a while, your appetite will become more controlled.

FEELING GUILTY

Do you feel bad about yourself? Do you feel like a failure? Do you feel that you have let yourself or your family down? This feeling of guilt can usually persist even with reassurance. Be mindful of this and know that you are struggling with symptoms of your condition.

CONCENTRATION 

Are you having trouble concentrating on activities like reading the newspaper or watching television? Are you unable to focus on work tasks or schoolwork? Perhaps you are getting complaints that you aren’t concentrating during important events. Once your depression is under control, you should find it easier to remain focused.

LEVEL OF ACTIVITY 

Are you moving or speaking so slowly that other people are noticing? Or are you being fidgety or restless lately? This level of slowness affects your daily life and decreases your quality of life.

SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Do you have thoughts about hurting yourself in some way?  Do you find yourself thinking that there is no other way of escaping your situation? Speak to your doctor or a family member if you are struggling with this. There are many people who can assist you during such dark times.

 

Written by Dr Ruusa Shivute | Health Window

Reference: Burton C, McKinstry B, Szentagotai Tătar A, Serrano-Blanco A, Pagliari C, Wolters M. Activity monitoring in patients with depression: a systematic review. J Affect Disord. 2013 Feb 15;145(1):21-8.


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