Saturday, September 30, 2006

Are you depressed?




Your Depression Level: 48%



You seem to have mild depression.

A lot of people fall into your range, and it's quite possible you don't need treatment.

If you've been feeling this way for a while, you may want to seek help.




Mild depression ... guess it's a good thing that my medication was increased this week.

Have you seen that television commercial for one of the antidepressants that says some people, I forget the percentage that was quoted, often continue with residual symptoms of depression even during treatment? Now, I hate the fact that pharmaceutical companies can advertise their prescription drugs, but this commercial at least had some good information in it. Treatment is dynamic. Just because you pop a pill doesn't mean that all of your problems are solved. And just because you are popping a pill and you still feel bad, doesn't mean that you are hopeless and cannot be treated. My treatment plan has been through several changes in the last ten years. Therapy appointment frequency has gone up and down. My medication regimen have been increased, decreased, and even changed altogether. Through all of it, I have had periods during which I felt great, and periods when I wanted to die. You will still have mood changes even with treatment. Change is what makes life interesting. But if you continue with symptoms of depression between appointments with your mental health professional, please bring it up the next time you see him or her. Life is to be enjoyed. You deserve to enjoy your life. Take control and keep searching for answers and solutions.


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