No one wants to talk about their suspicions of mental illness. For most people, the very thought of bringing it up is terrifying. At the same time, you need to get an accurate diagnosis of your problem so that you can receive proper treatment. Here’s how to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Recognize Objective Symptoms

There are many objective symptoms of depression. For example, a person with depression may withdraw from society, stay away from friends, cut off close relationships, and start giving away personal possessions.

Other symptoms include unusual forgetfulness, and the inability to remember details of events that are important to you. Fatigue, and decreased energy are other symptoms. Some people feel guilty about things they’ve done that really aren’t their fault, or they feel worthless or helpless about a situation.

Others feel hopeless or are very pessimistic.

Insomnia is a symptom many depressed individuals face, but irritability and excessive sleepiness is another symptom for those who simply don’t want to “deal with the world.”

You may also suffer from persistent aches and pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that don’t ease, even with treatment. You might over or under-react. And, you may be persistently sad or anxious and have thoughts of suicide or even attempt it.

Sometimes, depression can come on slow, as a result of a physical disability or a physical illness, like cancer or some other illness. According to Belluck & Fox, mesothelioma is a serious lung cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. And, it can cause cancer many years after a person has stopped working around asbestos.

Cancer can trigger depression in many people, because many forms of mesothelioma are intractable, and there is currently no cure for it.

The thought of one’s own premature death pushes one deep into a mental state of hopelessness. But, it’s important to realize your depression for what it is.

Set Up An Appointment And Gather Facts

Set up an appointment with your doctor. You should consider talking with a medical doctor and a psychologist or a psychotherapist.

Psychologists may prescribe drugs for depression, while psychotherapists will help you get to the root cause of your depression. While both can be helpful, a psychotherapist is generally considered the professional that will treat the underlying mental illness and help you find feelings of peace or serenity.

Explain All Of Your Symptoms

Explain all of your symptoms to a medical professional. He or she can help guide you through a course of treatment or may recommend you to another professional for help. It’s important not to leave out any details. And, if you speak with a psychotherapist, you may be asked to commit to multiple sessions to gain “momentum” in your treatment.

Speak Honestly About Your Depression

Above all, it’s important that you speak honestly about your depression. Be honest with yourself, and with your doctor. He or she is there to listen and to help.

You might not feel comfortable or safe or you might even feel stupid about suffering from depression. These feelings are what they are. And, expressing them, validating them, and facing them “head-on” is an excellent way to start the healing process.

Fredrick Nelson has worked for a number of years in healthcare and enjoys sharing his observations with an online audience. He has also posted his thoughts across a range of health blogs and websites.

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