What should I tell my doctor at follow-up visits for depression treatment?

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Sudeepta Varma, MD
Psychiatry
At follow-up visits for depression treatment, tell your doctor about any major changes in your life or any worrisome behaviors. Watch psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, MD, discuss why it's important to share any new symptoms, side effects and stressors.

As you follow your treatment plan to overcome major depression, see your doctor regularly. For help with key details and questions, take a close family member or friend with you. Be ready to tell your doctor about any changes in your health or life. Share how you're feeling and if your mood has lifted. Are you feeling less sad? Do you feel pleasure? Are negative thoughts subsiding? Remember, it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for an antidepressant to begin to work, and 6 to 8 weeks for a full response. Share any changes in your everyday functions with your doctor, too. "Changes in sleep, your sex life, energy level, ability to concentrate, appetite, a rash, a fever, a change in urine color -- these are all things to tell your doctor about," Alan J. Gelenberg, MD, professor and chair of psychiatry at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center says.

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