Depression: Why Seeing Your Doctor is Important

Depression: Why Seeing Your Doctor is Important

It has been about a month since you started your Goodpath program. We hope that the carefully selected medicines, supplements, and products; exercises; mind-body therapies; nutritional support; and Goodpath coach are meeting your needs.

Your Assessment And Depression

As you recall, you completed our initial assessment before starting your program. We asked you questions not only about your medical problem, but also your health in general, including your emotional well-being. Our assessment includes the following questions about depression symptoms:

Depression Screening Questions

Do you:

  • Have little interest or pleasure in doing things?

  • Feel down, depressed, or hopeless?

  • Have trouble falling or staying asleep or sleep 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 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 occur at least several days over the past two weeks.

Follow-up Assessment

You just completed the follow-up assessment to monitor your overall progress. It also includes questions about depression symptoms. According to your responses, depression symptoms from your first assessment have not improved.  Since your symptoms have not improved, we’d like to provide some very important information.

Why You Should See Your Doctor/Mental Health Provider

There are many reasons for you to seek 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 since they may negatively impact your ability to cope, your daily functioning, and your overall health.

Effects of Depression

Day-To-Day Challenges

As described above, depression-related symptoms are likely to create problems with relationships, work or school, or most any activity.

Life Changes

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 (weddings, births, or deaths), employment changes (promotions, new positions, or job loss), or life changes (a move to another community/home, an empty nest, or aging or aging family members)  may worsen your symptoms.

Pain, Trouble Sleeping, Digestive Problem

Our members participate in our programs for pain, trouble sleeping, and digestive problems. The conditions increase the risk of depression. And, symptoms of depression, like hopelessness, trouble sleeping, and feeling tired, may make it more challenging to manage pain, trouble sleeping, or digestive problems.

Medical Conditions

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.

What To Expect From Your Doctor/Mental Health Provider

Your doctor will talk with you about your depression symptoms and how they’re affecting you. They may complete a basic physical exam.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they may recommend lifestyle changes or prescribe medication. They may also refer you to a mental health provider for further evaluation, short- or long-term counseling, and/or antidepressant medication.

Your doctor will work with you to determine the best course of treatment and to monitor your progress. A mental health provider will do the same and also provide ongoing therapy.  If you start taking medication, both will check you for side effects and determine if any changes are needed.

Your Goodpath Program

While you’re receiving care from your primary care doctor and/or a mental health provider for your depression symptoms, you can continue with your Goodpath program. As you begin to feel better, you may find that your depression symptoms also lessen.

Our programs are designed to help manage pain, sleep, and digestive problems. Since they are integrative, they have the added benefit of helping members who have depression symptoms. For example, exercise therapy and mind-body techniques, like live yoga classes and pre-recorded audio/video meditation are therapeutic for both medical and emotional problems.

For More Information

Your coach is available to you to answer any questions.

National Institute of Mental Health (2018). Depression. Retrieved 8-12-2021 from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2017). For People With Mental Health Problems. Retrieved 8-12-2021 from https://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/people-mental-health-problems