Can a neurologist help with depression?

A neurologist can help with depression, but only if it’s related to a disorder that can be treated by a neurologist. Depression can also be diagnosed and treated by other doctors.

Depression is classified as a mood disorder. It’s also classified as a mental health condition. A mood disorder is a long-lasting emotional imbalance. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including physical health problems, mental health conditions, or a combination of both.

Depression is a common mental health condition. It affects about 16.4 percent of American adults during a 5year period.

A 2016 study suggests that depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States, especially among older Americans.

What is a neurologist?

Neurologists are doctors who specialize in diseases of the brain and nervous system. They treat disorders that affect the nervous system, such as:

  • Aneurysms
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

A neurologist can help treat depression.

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that patients see a neurologist before they start treatment for depression.

A neurologist can also help treat other mood disorders besides depression.

What are the symptoms of depression?

The symptoms of depression include:

  • Loss of interest in activities that used to bring joy or pleasure
  • Feeling sad and hopeless
  • Feeling worthless
  • Trouble focusing or thinking clearly
  • Having poor appetite
  • Feeling tired or having little energy
  • Having thoughts of suicide

People with depression also have a higher risk of:

  • Having suicidal thoughts
  • Having a mood disorder other than depression
  • Having a substance abuse disorder
  • Having a mental health disorder that isn’t depression

Some people with depression are also diagnosed with other mental health conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cancer

Symptoms of depression may seem the same to someone with depression. But people with depression may find it hard to recognize the symptoms because of the following:

  • The symptoms of depression can change over time. For example, some people with depression may have no symptoms for years, while others may experience symptoms for months to years.
  • Some symptoms of depression are similar to those of other mental health conditions. For example, some people with depression may have nervousness and anxiety. They may also have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
  • Some symptoms of depression are shared with a physical health condition. For example, some people with depression may have pain in their muscles and joints.
  • The symptoms of depression may be similar to those of a mental health condition, such as anxiety or bipolar disorder.
  • Some symptoms of depression are shared with other physical health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), arthritis, and back pain.

What causes depression?

Depression can have many causes. Possible causes of depression include:

  • Physical or mental health conditions
  • A substance abuse disorder
  • A mental health condition
  • A physical health condition

Some people with depression may also have two or more of these causes. A person may need treatment for one or more of the causes of depression.

Depression may be caused by:

  • A physical health condition, such as MS
  • A mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder
  • A combination of physical and mental health conditions
  • A traumatic event

What can antidepressants do?

Antidepressants can help treat depression. Different types of antidepressants can help with depression.

Antidepressants are often used together with mood stabilizers, such as lithium, to treat depression.

Examples of antidepressants used to treat depression include:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)

How do you take antidepressants?

To treat depression, a person may need to take antidepressants for a while. It’s important for people to take their medication properly.

A person should take their medication as directed. A person should not stop taking their antidepressant without talking to their doctor first. They should not stop taking antidepressants without first talking to their doctor. Stopping all antidepressants too soon can cause withdrawal symptoms.

A person should let their doctor know if they are having any side effects from their medication. For example, they may experience:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach aches
  • Headache
  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Skin rash

A person should also let their doctor know if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Blood in the vomit
  • Blood in the stool
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling confused
  • Feeling anxious

What are the side effects of antidepressants?

Antidepressants work to change how the brain changes and processes chemicals. These changes can result in changes to mood and behavior.

Antidepressants can cause side effects, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle pain
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling jittery or restless
  • Feeling irritable
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling depressed or sad

These side effects can occur with any antidepressant.

Some people may also be more sensitive to antidepressants than others. This can result in side effects that are more severe in some people than in others.

Also, a person may need to take an antidepressant for a long time. They may need to take it for long periods of time or for a long time to treat depression.

Antidepressants can interact with many other drugs and cause side effects. A person should discuss all potential interactions with their doctor before taking an antidepressant.

The side effects of antidepressants can improve with time. Some people may not experience side effects at all. Others may only experience mild side effects.

A person should report any side effects to their doctor right away.

What is the long-term outlook?

Depression can be treated with many different types of antidepressants. It’s important for people with depression to take their medication properly.

Antidepressants can help people with depression and other mental health conditions. It’s important to understand that depression is often a combination of factors. For example, the medication might treat depression, but that doesn’t mean that someone will never experience other symptoms of the condition.

A person with depression also needs to take into account the severity of their symptoms. People with mild to moderate symptoms may need to take antidepressants for longer periods of time to treat depression.

What’s the takeaway?

Antidepressants can help treat depression and other mental health conditions.

People with depression and other mental health conditions also need to take their medication properly.

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