Before seeing your
health professional, it may be helpful to keep a diary of your symptoms. You
can help your health professional diagnose and treat your condition by being
prepared to answer the following questions:
How long have you been troubled with a depressed
mood? What is your major symptom?
What was happening in your life
when the depressed mood started?
How long have you had your
symptoms? Do they come and go or are they always present?
ever had a similar problem in the past? If so, how was it
What makes your symptoms better or worse?
you have any other symptoms that may be related to your major symptom? Symptoms
Rapid or irregular
Nausea or vomiting.
Feeling like you are not
able to get enough air (air hunger).
Restlessness, irritability, or
feeling on edge.
Feelings of overwhelming anxiety or fear.
What prescription or nonprescription medicines are
you currently taking?
Are you using alcohol or illegal drugs, such
as marijuana or cocaine, to manage your symptoms?
Have you ever
Has a family member or close friend attempted or
Has anyone else in your family ever been
diagnosed with a mental health problem, such as depression or an anxiety
Are you taking a medicine to treat depression? What is
the medicine? When did you start the medicine? What is the dose that you are
taking? Have you or your health professional changed the dose?
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 27, 2012
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