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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Depression?
Depression is a very common mental health condition that negatively affects a person’s feelings, thoughts and actions. According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people worldwide suffer from the condition. And while there are many ways to treat depression, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That said, there are certain things you can do to help ease your symptoms and improve your mood.
What are the types of depression?
Major Depression: Major depression is characterized by a persistent feeling of sadness or emptiness, loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities, substantial weight loss or gain, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilty, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, you may be suffering from major depression.
Dysthymia: Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that is less severe than major depression but can last for years. People with dysthymia may have trouble sleeping, lose interest in their usual activities, feel hopelessness, low self-esteem, and lack energy. If you have been experiencing these symptoms for more than two years (and they are not due to another medical condition), you may have dysthymia.
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from mania to depression. During manic episodes, people with bipolar disorder may feel excessively happy and energetic, engage in risky behaviors, experience delusions, and hallucinations, and have difficulty sleeping. Depressive episodes are similar to those experienced by people with major depression. If you experience both manic and depressive episodes, you may have bipolar disorder.
What are the causes of depression?
There are many different causes of depression, and it is often hard to pinpoint the exact cause of any one person’s depression. However, there are some common causes which include.
-Family history: If you have a family member who has suffered from depression, you may be more likely to experience it yourself. This is especially true if your parent or sibling experienced depression at a young age.
-Major life transitions: Depression can sometimes be triggered by major life changes, such as moving to a new city, starting a new job, or going through a divorce.
-Traumatic events: Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event, such as abuse, violence, or the death of a loved one can also lead to depression.
-Chronic stress: Prolonged periods of stress can take a toll on your mental health and lead to depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression is a mental illness that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. These symptoms can vary from person to person and range in severity.
Some people with depression may only experience a few mild symptoms, while others may have more severe symptoms that impact their ability to function in day-to-day life. Some common symptoms of depression include:
-Feeling sad or down most of the time
-Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
-Feeling tired and lacking energy
-Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or remembering things
-Restlessness or irritability
-Sleep problems (insomnia or sleeping too much)
-Appetite changes (loss of appetite or overeating)
What are the treatments for depression?
There are many different treatments for depression, and the most effective treatment depends on the individual. Some common treatments for depression include:
-Psychotherapy: This is a form of counseling that can help people identify and change negative thinking and behavior patterns.
-Antidepressant medication: This can be prescribed by a doctor to help balance chemicals in the brain that may be causing depression symptoms.
-Exercise: Regular exercise has been shown to be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression.
-Light therapy: This involves exposure to bright light, which can help improve mood.
When should I seek help for my depression?
If you think you may be suffering from depression, it is important to seek help from a health professional. Depression is a serious condition that can have a negative impact on every aspect of your life. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should seek help from a qualified mental health professional:
-Persistent sadness or empty mood
-Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed
-Decreased energy and fatigue
-Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
-Insomnia or oversleeping
-Changes in appetite or weight
-Anxiety, agitation, or restlessness
-Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
-Loss of motivation or interest in work or other activities
-Recurring thoughts of death or suicide
What should I do if I have depression?
Depression can be a difficult and overwhelming condition to deal with, but there are ways to cope. Here are some tips for coping with depression:
-Seek professional help. This is the most important step you can take in dealing with depression. A professional can help you understand your condition and develop a treatment plan.
-Take care of yourself. Depression can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Be sure to eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.
-Connect with others. Isolation can make depression worse, so reach out to friends and family members or join a support group. Talking about your feelings can help you feel better and stay connected to the people who care about you.
-Do something that makes you happy. When you’re feeling down, it can be hard to find things that make you happy, but it’s important to try. Find an activity that brings you joy – whether it’s listening to music, spending time outside, or reading – and make time for it every day.
How can I prevent depression?
The most important thing you can do is to seek professional help if you think you or someone you know may be depressed. There are also things you can do to help prevent depression. Here are some tips:
-Get regular exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effects.
-Eat a healthy diet. Eating nutritious foods helps to keep your energy levels up and your mind sharp.
-Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can worsen symptoms of depression.
-Connect with others. Spending time with loved ones, participating in social activities, and volunteering can all help fight off feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can trigger depression.
Can I get a referral to see a mental health specialist for regular therapy?
Eden Telemed can give you and your loved ones access to a range of mental health specialists to improve your well-being, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, mental health workers, or clinical social workers.
What are some of the most common medications prescribed to treat depression?
The most commonly suggested prescription depression medications include:
-Tricyclic antidepressants, such as Amitriptyline (Elavil)
-Atypical antidepressants, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin)
-Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as escitalopram (Cipralex), citalopram (Celexa), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), fluoxetine (Prozac),
-Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), such as duloxetine (Cymbalta), venlafaxine (Effexor)
-Other medications like Trazodone (Desyrel), a serotonin modulator that enhances antidepressant effects
All of these antidepressant medications are available online through Eden Telemed.
Can I get an online consultation for depression on Eden Telemed?
Absolutely, you can speak directly to a licensed doctor online about your depression in minutes, from your phone, tablet, or computer. Get a diagnosis, treatment, or prescription for depression from the comfort of your home or office.
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How does an online consultation for depression work?
Booking a doctor’s visit on Eden Telemed about depression treatment is very easy. You simply need to tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll connect you with a doctor. All of our consultations are private and confidential, and take place over secure chat, phone, or video.
Am I covered by insurance for telemedicine or online consultations with private doctors ?
Yes. Most insurance companies reimburse part or all of telemedicine and private healthcare services depending on your insurance coverage. However, it is always best to check with your insurance.
Can I get a prescription to treat my depression on Eden Telemed?
Of course! During your consultation, if necessary, our online doctors can prescribe you medication to treat depression so you can feel better, faster. You can get your prescriptions sent to any pharmacy or have them delivered straight to your door for free!
How do I get a blood test?
During your consultation, if necessary, our online doctors can prescribe you lab or blood tests to analyze your condition. Our nurse team can perform lab & blood tests in the comfort of your home or office. Private lab costs are covered 80% or more by most private insurances. Results are obtained quickly within 24 hours for the majority of tests. Our medical team will guide you through the process and let you know if you need to be fasting or not.