FAQs ABOUT DEPRESSION
What are some frequently asked questions about depression?
Will depression go away on its own?
Depression is not something that you can just “snap out of.” It is a medical illness that requires medical attention and treatment. If left untreated, it can last for months or even years. In order to help you get better, your doctor may prescribe FETZIMA®.
What causes depression?
It is widely believed that depression probably results from a combination of genetic, biochemical, environmental, and psychological factors. Research suggests that environmental and genetic factors, such as family history of depression, may make a person more likely to develop this disorder.
Medical experts believe that an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain can cause symptoms of depression. A person can suffer from episodes of depression that can last as long as months or years.
What are the typical symptoms of depression?
A person with depression has at least 5 of the following symptoms:
- Depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Agitation or restlessness
- Fatigue or loss of energy
- Trouble thinking, making decisions, or concentrating
- Disturbed sleep, such as insomnia
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts
At least one of the symptoms must be "depressed mood" or "loss of interest or pleasure." A person with depression will have experienced these symptoms for at least a 2-week period, and the symptoms will be noticeably different from what the patient experienced in the past.
How do I know if I am depressed?
If you are an adult and think you may be suffering from depression, talk with your healthcare provider. He or she will be able to properly diagnose your condition and help you find the appropriate treatment.
What are some treatment options for depression?
The two major approaches to treating depression are psychotherapy and antidepressant medications. These approaches can be used alone or together. Counseling can provide new ways to cope with problems and help patients further understand the effect that depression has on them. And while the exact way medications for depression work is unknown, they are thought to affect the levels of chemicals in the brain.
What if I’m already on a medication for depression and still don’t feel right… are
there other treatment options for me?
The good news is that there are many treatment options available. Your healthcare provider may try different doses of your current medication or try an alternative medication before finding the one that’s right for you. It’s important for you to partner with your healthcare provider and work toward getting the best treatment for your depression. If you need help with that discussion, visit our section about Talking With Your Doctor.