Addressing and Evaluating Your Depression
Because our bodies are ultimately our own responsibility, we often must advocate for ourselves when addressing depression. Writing down your concerns prior to a doctor’s appointment, including a list of all the depressive symptoms you are experiencing, can be very helpful. Such a list may be given to the doctor or nurse during your visit.
Patients and family members need to understand that depression is not a weakness or a moral short-coming that people can simply “get over.” Depression is an illness, and just like MS, it deserves the time, attention, and treatment that any other illness would be given.