The first step in dealing with depression is to recognise and accept the fact that you may now be suffering from it. It is important to understand that you can seek help and express how you feel to your loved ones and your GP.
These are some self-help techniques some have found helpful in dealing with low mood and mild depression:
Make an appointment with your GP to explain exactly what you are going through. Your GP will suggest the appropriate treatment options for you based on the severity of your condition.
Talking therapies for depression include forms of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling. Your doctor may suggest you try a type of talking therapy if you have moderate depression.
If you suffer from severe depression, your GP may refer you to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists can offer you emotional support similar to talking therapies, but as qualified doctors, they can prescribe medication such as antidepressants and also refer you to other types of treatment.
There are almost 30 different kinds of antidepressant medication for moderate or severe depression. Antidepressants may cause side effects, but they are usually quite mild. Your doctor or psychiatrist will take into consideration other treatments you may be having for your brain tumour when prescribing you with antidepressants.
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