Depression – or depressive mood – can have many causes.There are physical factors, and psychological factors, that can reinforce each other.
In any case – especially as a person who regularly menstruates – I would have the blood values checked, preferably with a specialist.Iron deficiency has symptoms that are not unrecognizable to those of depression. However, I have already anticipated the first step: make an appointment with the family doctor. The (or they, nowadays a lot of family doctors are women) can usually judge quite well which steps are necessary, and at least in Switzerland can refer them to a corresponding practice.
My GP really helped me a lot and even arranged the appointment for me.I am very grateful to her for that, I was quite unable to take the appropriate steps at the time. If you have enough vigour for this, you can of course also do your own research and make an appointment directly with a psychiatrist, but note that certain conditions may have to be met for a cost assumption (I already pay an invoice for two years, because I once made a phone call….)
However, I would still ask for a blood count if none has been done for a long time, precisely because I have had iron deficiency very often and know that this has an enormous influence on the psyche.It may also be worth looking at eating behaviour and exercise, which is of course a bit of a vicious circle here, because depression also causes food and exercise to be difficult. New medicines (especially hormones) must also be taken into account. But the doctor will ask more closely if one describes symptoms.
Because depression has causes and effects on both physical and mental levels, it is well worth acting on both levels.In other words, psychopharmaceuticals can help to restore the drive in order to be able to tackle one’s own problems in the first place. In therapy, fears and worries can then be addressed and treated, and changes can be brought about. Medication may be discontinued later, and may need to be taken for a longer period of time.
By the way, it may take time for the medications to be properly adjusted.It’s also not necessarily the case that every therapist can be equally helpful. It makes sense to be told what kind of therapy is offered and how it works.
Other possibilities are also counselling centres, which are often to be found at university clinics, or, depending on this, also at institutions such as the university, which have specialist posts for almost all problems that arise in the study life.Sometimes it is also worthwhile to search for online help offers or telephone consultations, either a worry phone, or a psychiatric emergency. Pastors can also help, and depending on this they are not as confessional as one would think. Sometimes the inhibition threshold to go to the doctor is too big. It is then important to entrust yourself to someone, ideally someone who also has some distance to talk about it, to be shown options. Sometimes such a conversation helps enormously. But depression is a disease, and those affected are well taken care of in medical treatment.