Depression: Getting the Care You Need
Depression: Getting The Care You Need
As you recall, you completed your initial assessment before starting your Goodpath program. We asked you questions not only about your medical problem, but also about your health in general, including your emotional well-being. Our assessment includes the following questions about depression symptoms:
Have little interest or pleasure in doing things?
Feel down, depressed, or hopeless?
Have trouble falling or staying asleep or sleeping too much?
Feel tired or have little energy?
Have a poor appetite or overeat?
Feel bad about yourself or that you’re a failure or that you’ve let yourself or your family down?
Have trouble concentrating on things like watching television or reading?
Move or speak slowly so that others notice or have restlessness and move around a lot?
*These symptoms have occurred at least several days over the past two weeks.
If your symptoms are very severe or if you have thoughts of harming yourself, you should get help right away.
U.S.988 or 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Your Depression Symptoms
You may have completed your follow-up assessment, which includes questions about depression symptoms. And, you may have talked with your coach about your depression. From your assessment responses or the information you shared with your coach, it seems your depression symptoms have not improved.
Since you have depression symptoms, we’d like to recommend additional care.
Goodpath’s Mental Health Support
First, you can continue with your current program. In addition, Goodpath offers therapy for those with depression and other emotional problems. Depending on your symptoms it may be:
Our 12-week app-based therapy program with ongoing coach support. At times, they may advise a member to work with one of our therapists.
Counseling with a Goodpath therapist. The number and frequency of sessions are based on your needs. You will also use the app-based program to support your therapy.
In either case, your coach or therapist will work with you and change your therapy as needed.
If you’re working with one of our therapists, they may recommend that you see your primary care doctor to talk about prescription medicine options for depression.
Your doctor will talk with you about your depression symptoms and how they’re affecting you. They may complete a basic physical exam or order lab tests to check for medical causes of your symptoms.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine for depression (an antidepressant) or refer you to a mental health doctor (psychiatrist).
If you start taking medicine, they will monitor your depression symptoms, ask you about side effects, and determine if any medicine changes are needed. At the same time, you can participate in your Goodpath program, including mental health support.
Why You Should Get Care for Depression
There are many reasons for you to receive care for your depression symptoms. You may think you have to live with them, but effective treatment is available. It is critical to your well-being to address your symptoms - they may negatively impact your ability to cope, your daily functioning, and your overall health.
Effects of Depression
Depression-related symptoms are likely to create problems with relationships, work or school, or almost any activity. For example, you may find it challenging to interact with your partner or close friends. And, you may struggle to complete work/school tasks or to participate in social activities.
You may be functioning day-to-day with depression symptoms. However, additional stress, whether positive or negative, may make it extra difficult to cope.
Coping with family events (e.g. weddings, births, or deaths), employment changes (e.g. promotions, new positions, or job loss), or life changes (e.g. a move to another community/home, an “empty nest,” or aging/aging family members) may worsen your symptoms.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Pain, Trouble Sleeping, Digestive Problems, and Long COVID
Our members participate in our programs for MSK pain, trouble sleeping, digestive problems, and long COVID. These conditions increase the risk of depression. And, symptoms of depression, like hopelessness, trouble sleeping, and feeling tired, may make it more challenging to manage MSK pain, trouble sleeping, digestive problems, and long COVID.
Serious medical problems like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes also increase the chance of developing depression and other mental health conditions. Likewise, depression increases the risk of other medical conditions.
Getting the care you need for depression can be challenging. Goodpath offers several effective options. You’ll work with your coach and our therapists if needed. The goal is to improve your emotional health along with your pain, sleep, digestive, or long COVID symptoms.
For More Information
National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Depression. Retrieved 10-13-2022 from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2022). For People With Mental Health Problems. Retrieved 10-13-2022from https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/people-mental-health-problems