DepressionandSuicide
Overcoming Obstacles to Treatment of Clinical Depression

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Going to the Doctor - A Major Obstacle

 

We all hate going to the doctor.

We all put if off for as long as we can.

But you've gotta do it.

 

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Getting Started

 

The sooner you decide which kind of

biological neurochemical booster pill(s)

you are going to swallow, the better.

 

Whether you want to start out

with an antidepressant or not,

you still need to go to the doctor.

 

 

Step One - Go to the Doctor

 

Get the number, call the doctor.

Make an Appointment.

Arrange for someone to go with you.

Show up for the appointment !!

Talk it over with the Doctor like you would
if you had a bleeding gash in your side.

Tell the doctor it hurts !

 

 

The Problem With Doctors

 

Doctors are people too.

 

And just like everyone else, they pass on the
stigma and ignorance of clinical depression.

They deny it, don't recognize it, and
don't know how to treat it adequately, if at all.

Does that mean we don't have to go to the doctor - no !!

You still have to go !

You need a check-up, blood tests, and a prescription,
if you want to try antidepressants

 

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Okay, You're At The Doctor's Office

You are going in to your doctor and say

"I'm depressed - I need help ?"

Sure.

And he's not going to get a funny look on his face,

make you feel terribly stupid, ashamed

and painfully embarrassed ??

 

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Doctors specialize in shrugging off and humiliation.

No matter what ails you

or how much pain you are suffering,

when they don't know what it is or how to treat it,

they have a way of diminishing it

and making you feel silly for even coming in.

 

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A depressed person doesn't need this kind of help.

Depression needs a serious, competant

medical consultation and diagnosis.

 

 

Idea:

Let someone go with you to the doctor - family, friend, spouse.

A spouse, friend or companion can even

go into the room with you if you want them to,

for support and to help explain your symptoms to the doctor.

This will let the doctor know that you both

consider this a serious matter

that shouldn't be taken lightly or shrugged off.

 

Now, some nurses won't like you bringing someone in.

But you are the patient and you have the right.

Just hold your companion's hand and pull them along

when you are called, and/or say "He / She is coming in with me."

 

If you are challenged, just repeat,

"I want him/her to come in with me."

It really should not be a problem.

 

Now that's for the consultation -

They can, of course, go back out

to the waitng room for any physical exam.

 

Doctors are intimidating for most of us.

I have often gone in with my husband or he with me,

especially when we expect not to be taken seriously.

 

It does help at least to make sure

the doctor doesn't get out of the room

before we have told him what we went there to tell.

 

 

Idea:

Write the Doctor a note or a letter.

Send it by mail, or email, or FAX it in.

You can say something like...

 

Dear Doctor,

 

I am depressed, and suicidal, and need help.

I have felt this way for ___________ weeks, months, years.

 

Will you help me ?

 

--or--

 

Dear Doctor,

I am terribly depressed.

I am so very sad and cry all the time.

I am often suicidal and am afraid that I might not make it through.

I have been feeling this way for __________________ weeks. months, years.

My other symptoms are ___________________________

______________________________________________ .

I would like to try an antidepressant and/or see a therapist as soon as possible.

I feel so ashamed and I am too embarrassed to come in or even send this note.

Is there anyway you could call me ?

My Number is _________________________

The Best Time to Call Me is __________________________

Do I need to come in for an appointment ? or do I need a referral ?

 

 

DOCTOR LETTERS

DOCTOR LETTER PRINT VERSIONS:

MAIL | FAX | E-MAIL

 

 

Try not to hold back too much.

You have to make sure they know

how really terribly depressed and/or suicidal you feel.

 

I know it is actually scary, fearful, humiliating,

not knowing how they will react.

 

A good doctor will probably call you

with a surprising amount of compassion.

 

Sadly, others still may be cold, bristly and judgemental,

and make you feel worse.

 

If that were to happen,

please don't let it stop you.

 

You might want to go to a different doctor, at least for this.

There has been so much in the media about depression,

that any doctor who is not prepared to help you

with understanding, shouldn't be practicing medicine

or should at least give you a referral.

 

 

Happiness, good feelings and balanced emotions

are a part of good health.

 

Prolonged unhappiness and too many negative emotions

are indicators of a physical health problem.

 

We should be taught to go to doctor,

just like when we have the flu,

and say, "Doctor, I don't f-e-e-l good."

 

If we have prolonged periods of behaving badly,

excessive anger or violence

 

If we are always moody, stressed, anxious, or upset...

These are all symptoms of physical health problems.

 

 

How can I say that ?

Because your brain is a physical organ

just like your kidney or liver.

 

And, emotions are made and have receptors

all throughout the body.

Feelings are physical.

They have a physical location in the body.

 

We are emotional beings.

We are emotional with every breath we take.

With every thought there is an emotion.

Healthy emotions are as important to our health

as food, air and water.

 

 

It is our duty to find a way to feel good in this life.

Without healthy emotions,

we cannot find and experience

the love and beauty that life wants to give us.

And we cannot share with others

what we do not have.

 

 

It is our duty to find out how to fullfill our emotional potential.

We want the best for those we love.

And so does life want to give us the best it has to give us.

It is desperately sad that we are not able to see and feel

all the love and joy there is here for us to find.

 

 

I want you to fight for your life -

maybe for a life you have never yet known.

There is time for dying later.

 

Don't settle for less. Don't settle for a life of perpetual depression.

Give life a chance. Get started on treatment now.

You owe it to yourself and the life you have yet to fulfill.

 

 

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