Depression: What is It and How to Get More Out of Your Treatment

By: AvMed Health Tips AvMed Health Smarts, Behavioral Health, Benefits, Medication

Feeling blue or sad is a normal part of life. What’s not normal is when those feelings last for a long time or start affecting your everyday life. That’s depression, it’s serious and can sneak up on you.

There’s no clear-cut cause for the disease; a lot of factors can lead to depression. Many times, depression follows a traumatic event like the death of a loved one or long-term stress at work or school. A few contributing factors may be biological, social or psychological. To learn more about these terms and about depression, click here and log into your AvMed Member account.

Major depressive disorders are among the most common behavioral conditions affecting adults and are common during adolescence. They’re also among the most treatable: Seeing an AvMed Provider about your symptoms can put you on the right path to getting depression under control.

Your AvMed Provider Network has various resources available through Magellan Healthcare, our behavioral health partner. Their screening tools can identify depression as well as the best course of treatment.

As part of your treatment, your doctor may prescribe antidepressants. Taking them as directed is critical, and communication with your doctor is key. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment.

Here are some questions you should consider asking:

  • How long will it take for my medication to work?
  • How long can I expect to be on the medication?
  • Why is it important that I take this medication?
  • What are the potential side effects?
  • If I have more questions, what should I do?

Your doctor may also refer you to a behavioral health specialist for further evaluation. In those cases, you should ask to sign a consent of release of information form to help coordinate care between your Primary Care Provider (PCP) and your specialist. Follow-up care is also important. Make sure to schedule and keep any appointments to ensure effective treatment.

For more information about behavioral health resources, including the availability of Case Management services, call Magellan Healthcare at 1-800-424-4810 or log into your AvMed Member account here.


EMBRACE | August 2018