affects about one in five women and one in ten men over their lifetimes.
Depression and anxiety are the “bread and butter” of mental health
clinics and there are many treatment options available. There is no need
to hide your symptoms from your doctor. No one chooses to become
depressed and it is not considered a failure of character or morality.
In fact, your doctor may appreciate hearing you are depressed; after all
it is a condition which responds well to treatment.
Important – it
is critical to determine what type of depression you have for if you
have bipolar disorder anti-depressants can make your symptoms worse. If
you do take anti-depressant meds it’s important to limit your use of
alcohol and street drugs. If you decide to quit taking anti-depressants;
go off them gradually.