Who do I talk to about depression with a critical illness?

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Debra Dibartolo
Nursing
During times of critical illness feelings of depression are common. This is a stressful time for the person who is ill as well as the family members. In the hospital, even if you do not attend church or have a religious affiliation in the community, the hospital chaplain is available to the patient and their family for support. You may also find support from the nursing staff, a patient advocate, a hospital social worker, or a member of a support group for example a cancer support group. Be sure and share these feelings with your primary care provider and professional nurse as some routine medications can have depression as a side effect and you provider may be able to change your treatment regime. If you find your depression to be more severe medications may be necessary. Speak to your doctor or nurse about your feelings, they may be able to help with medications to assist managing your depression or have a psychiatrist come by to see you to help determining an appropriate medication for your particular symptoms.

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