Talking to Your Doctor About Depression
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it's essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors or experience with depression. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Treatment Options
Interview potential counselors. Find one with whom you feel comfortable discussing your problems. Ask questions such as:
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 11/13/2020