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What are the ways to manage depression in a 34-year-old female?

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Published At May 19, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My wife is 34 years old, and I am noticing some concerning changes in her behavior. She seems withdrawn, talks very little, avoids social interactions, cries frequently, and appears easily irritated. I am worried that she might be depressed. What steps can I take to support her and help her get the assistance she needs?

Kindly help.

Hi,

I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries.

I understand your situation and your wife's problem. You are a caring husband. Your wife may have a major depressive disorder. There are non-pharmacological management options for her depression. You should try to follow the guidelines below to help her:

  1. Encourage her to exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes, such as going for a walk.
  2. Suggest meditation for 20 minutes daily. She should sit in a comfortable position and concentrate on her normal breathing, without forcing herself to stop her thoughts.
  3. Advocate for healthy, home-cooked meals and encourage her to avoid junk food.
  4. Ensure she drinks enough water.
  5. Encourage her to spend quality time with friends and family daily.
  6. Suggest engaging in creative hobbies like reading, writing journals, painting, drawing, or learning new skills, languages, or musical instruments.
  7. Ensure she gets enough sleep, ideally seven to eight hours per night.
  8. Advise her to avoid tobacco, alcohol, or any substance abuse.
  9. Support her and give her reasons to enjoy life.
  10. Encourage her to be bold and confident.

I suggest that she may need to start taking Escitalopram (antidepressant) 10 mg tablets daily in the morning after breakfast.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need further assistance.

Thank you.

Investigations to be done

The following investigations need to be conducted: CBC (complete blood count), thyroid profile, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, and RBS (random blood sugar).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatry

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