Feeling Down? Bring It Up…To Your Doctor
- Your mental state is as important as your blood pressure. Mention it first, not as an afterthought.
- Don’t be embarrassed. As many as 70% of visits to primary care providers stem from psychosocial issues. And, people with chronic conditions like diabetes often experience depression.
- Be specific about symptoms like insomnia, temper flares, crying or suicidal thoughts.
- Manage your expectations. You may receive a referral, a prescription or self-help strategies.