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How do I know as a caregiver if I need an antidepressant?

Helen Lavretsky, MD
Neurology
As a caregiver, you may need an antidepressant if you’re very depressed. See your physician or mental healthcare professional or ask yourself some simple questions:
  • Do you feel sad?
  • Do you feel angry?
  • Do you feel anxious?
  • Do you feel depressed?
  • Is your function suffering, meaning you can't do things you'd like to do, not because of your caregiving but simply because you don't have the energy or desire, or you're too sad?
  • Do you find yourself crying?
  • Do you find yourself having suicidal thoughts? If you do, you should absolutely see a healthcare professional.

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