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?
Have you ever had a similar problem in the past? If so, how was it treated?
What makes your symptoms better or worse?
Do you have any other symptoms that may be related to your major symptom? Symptoms may include: