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The Hidden Signs of Depression

Sadness Isn't the Only Symptom

-- By Liza Barnes, Registered Nurse & Health Educator
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Fortunately, depression is a treatable illness that responds extremely well to treatment programs. The most effective treatment for depression is one that includes counseling in addition to appropriate use of medication.  The first step is to talk with your doctor, explaining exactly how you’ve been feeling.  Don’t try to diagnose yourself, because depression is a complex disorder with many possible causes, symptoms, and treatments.  Together with your doctor, you can formulate a treatment plan that can help you feel like yourself again.
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Liza has two bachelor's degrees: one in health promotion and education and a second in nursing. A registered nurse and mother, regular exercise and cooking are top priorities for her. See all of Liza's articles.

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  • I have most of these. For 30+ years. Over the years I've done the meds , counseling. It never changed my depression. In fact counseling sometimes made it worse. So I live with it day to day. Winter is the worst because I can't get outside and garden. This year I didn't harvest everything though. I have lost all interest in quilting. I mostly watch tv after working all day. That makes it hard to lose weight. I'm still willing to look for help though. - 12/15/2013 1:54:04 PM