Instructed patient about signs/symptoms of depression: altered sleep patterns, anorexia, weight loss, helplessness, and irritability, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, sadness and crying.
Instructed patient on the causes of depression, such as, substance abuse, deficiencies in cerebral neurotransmitters, family history of depressive disorders, hormonal imbalances, lack of social support, prior episodes of depression, significant medical problems, and stressful life events.
Instructed patient to immediately report to MD when having suicidal thoughts.
Instructed patient about the importance of identifying current problems and/or stressors in order to receive treatment.
Instructed in the depression's symptoms such as constant feelings of sadness, irritability or tension, decreased interest or pleasure in usual activities or hobbies,loss of energy, feeling tired despite lack of activity, a change in appetite with significant weight loss or weight gain, difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening or sleeping too much, restlessness or feeling slowed down decreased ability to make decisions or concentrate, feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt, thoughts of suicide or death.
Instructed to contact your doctor or go to your local hospital or emergency room, if you are in an immediate serious despression crisis.
Instructed that depression may surface with other mood disorders such as seasonal major depression, postpartum depression and bipolar disorder.