Depression | Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • I’ve been feeling ______. Could I be depressed?
  • Do I need treatment? What are my treatment options?
  • Should I see a therapist?
  • Is there anything I can do at home to help myself?
  • Are there any support groups in my area?
  • What are the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants?
    • I’m pregnant. Should I take antidepressants?
    • I’m breastfeeding. Should I take antidepressants?
    • Will I have to take medicine the rest of my life?
  • I care for an older adult. How do I tell if he or she is depressed?
    • What kinds of treatment are safe for older adults who have other health problems, such as dementia?
  • What should I do if I am having or start having thoughts of suicide?


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Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 08/12
Created: 06/96