Mental Health Planning Visits with your Family Physician

Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses Mental Health Planning Visits with your Family Physician

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Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP, Family Physician, discusses Mental Health Planning Visits with your Family Physician
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Featuring Dr. Daniel Ngui, BSc (P.T), MD, CFPC, FCFP
, Mental Health Planning Visits with your Family Physician
Duration: 1 minute, 33 seconds

If you as a patient are concerned about depression or low mood symptoms you’re not alone.

Health Canada and Statistics Canada have indicated that there’s a 1 in 10 chance over one’s lifetime to develop depression. U.S. survey shows up to 20 percent prevalence of depression in the population. It’s important that you speak to your physician about the symptoms of depression which differ than the symptoms of low mood based in time.

As physicians, what we use is the severity of the symptoms, the number of symptoms, and how long you had the symptoms for, specifically two weeks. As physicians, it’s important that we get a good history from patients.

What we look at are changes in many parameters, including changes in sleep, changes in interest or not wanting to have any sense of pleasure from things. Changes in guilt or worthlessness feelings, concentration changes are common in patients with depression, as well as appetite changes, as well changes in agitation or slowing.

Finally, it’s not uncommon for patients who suffer from depression to have thoughts of death or suicide, so it’s very important that you speak to your physician about potential depression.

If you have any questions or any concerns, it’s very important that you make an appointment to speak to your physician or local expert. Treatments may vary according to patient and according to physician, so once again, make an appointment and speak to your doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Ngui

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Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions True False  
1 People who suffer from depression can experience loss of sleep, interest in normal activities, appetite and concentration.

 
2 Patients who suffer from depression can have very negative thoughts about death and even suicide.

 
3 Doctors assessing a patient for depression want to know the number of symptoms a patient has, the severity of the symptoms and how long the symptoms have been occurring.