Thank you Robin Williams. Your life’s work gave us many treasures to continue to enjoy over and over. In your death, you gave us one more gift. The chance for providers to openly discuss concerns about depression with our patients and clients. Thank you.
Before, providers did screening tools and screening questions. Tools and questions designed to help determine if the person sitting in front of us was masking depression for us or family with them. Fears of the word depressed or depression tagged to them or in their chart, many may not want to answer the questions correctly.
But now when one of the funniest and beloved men in the world dies, also has depression. It has made this topic very understandable to everyone now. Anyone can or be depressed. What consist of one being depressed?
Depression is when a patient or client feels “down in the dumps”, sad, unhappy, miserable, or blue. Short term, many are able to help change their emotions with exercise, interacting with friends, or doing something of interest.
Major depression is when a patient or client has feelings of depression; loss, sadness, anger, frustration, and difficulty coping with everyday life for weeks or more at a time. Short term interventions do not help change the mood. Patients or clients should talk with a provider to rule out medication side effects, hidden health or masked health problems, vitamin deficiencies, and so forth.
Then talk with the provider about depression, answer the questions honestly, and if a diagnosis of depression is determine, medication will be prescribed. Now medication for depression will take some time before patients and clients to notice changes in their emotions. Stay in contact with your provider and keep going to the follow up visits. This is important to be sure the medication is beneficial and gives the patient or client someone to talk with about the depression.
Supporting a love one with depression is not an easy task. They do not just “snap out of it”. Do involve them in every day events. Keep the communication open. Should you feel they are unsafe, remove items that could aide in their harm. If you are certain they are not safe and will harm themselves, then call 911 for assistance. Medical intervention may save their lives.
RIP Robin Williams 1951-2014.
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