Dr. Troy Madsen discusses how to recognize the warning signs and doctor-recommended ways to prevent depression from leading to an emergency situation.">

Jan 11, 2018 — Depression can be a very serious mental condition that affects many people. On today’s Health Minute, emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen discusses how to recognize the warning signs and doctor-recommended ways to prevent depression from leading to an emergency situation.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Treating depression from an emergency room doctor's perspective. Dr. Troy Madsen, what is your insight?

Dr. Madsen: So, in the emergency department, we see lots of people who come in with depression. And typically we're seeing them when things have reached a crisis, things have gotten out of control for them, maybe they even had thoughts of having suicide, or even attempted suicide. Seeing that certainly gains some insight into what leads to that.

So my advice with depression would be if you're prescribed a medication for depression, to take that medication. Of course, recognize when things are getting bad, that's key. And then, make sure you have some sort of support structure in place. People you can reach out to with friends, family, therapists, often just talking to those people, talking through things can make a big difference. So the key is to recognize it before things get too bad, and you end up in some sort of crisis in the emergency department.

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