When To Seek Medical Attention for DepressionheadingContent

Posted on July 11, 2013

female awake laying on her left side in bedDepression is treatable! Know when to see a doctor.

Although it’s normal to succumb to the blues every now and then, a chronic feeling of hopelessness, darkness, or worthlessness is not healthy. The good news is that you don’t have to stay this way forever! Patients struggling with minor depression may be able to manage symptoms through exercise, journaling, or meditation, but serious cases require the assistance of a professional. If you are experiencing these warning signs, it’s time to seek medical attention.

  • Inability to concentrate – If negative thoughts have become uncontrollable and you feel that depression is consistently disrupting your ability to get through a typical day, professional help could be the best solution for reclaiming your life.
  • A change in sleep patterns – According to HelpGuide.org, depression can result in the inability to sleep restfully through the night, or it can bring on excessive sleepiness, leaving the patient in bed all day. If your sleep patterns are affecting your relationships or your job performance, medical attention may be necessary.
  • The urge to self-medicate – Alcohol and recreational drug use is not the answer for your depression. If you begin using these substances to manage your emotions, you are only making more problems for yourself. You’ll find better answers from a doctor you trust.
  • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide – The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Don’t hesitate to seek immediate medical attention if your thoughts have started down this dangerous path.

If you’re struggling with depression, Tenet Florida Physician Services can help you find your way again. Stop by our website to find a doctor near you, or give us a call at 1-866-654-2362 to schedule an appointment.