Depression can affect the mind as well as the body. Here, at Counseling on Demand, we strive to give our best service to all clients. While we are experts in our own field, we are not physicians or doctors. It’s important to seek therapy just as it’s important to get an annual checkup. We may not think twice about how depression can affect us physically but it can and it does happen. Aside from daily therapy, understanding your depression symptoms and getting yourself checked out are the first steps to recovery.
We all go through depression at least once in our lives. If it’s continuous, then it’s a sign of a serious depressive disorder. Nonetheless, here are some things to consider if you have been dealing with depression for more than two weeks. You lose pleasure in activities, you get too much or too little sleep, your energy drops, you have trouble concentrating and you have intrusive thoughts. So, how does depression affect you physically? Medical News Today did an amazing job creating an infographic at explaining how. There can be a few in the following: weight gain or loss leading to diabetes or heart disease, excessive headaches, poor lifestyle choices and diet, inflammation such as irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia.
So, what can you do about it? What are some ways you can help yourself when doctor visits and exams are expensive? One option is to look into needymeds.org. This site provides medical clinics that are free to low cost and it includes a sliding scale to many clinics in your area. What’s useful about this tool is it provides eligibility such as, the type of insurance it accepts, however, most accept uninsured; your income, any fees provided and the languages spoken. They also include in detail the services they provide, their hours and location. Check it out, look at the facility’s website and give them a call.
Short-Term Health Insurance
While many of these clinics do accept uninsured, it does help to have insurance to cover the cost just in case you need help paying for it. We are back in recession and I know insurance is unbelievably expensive. Therefore, I provided the link to ehealthinsurance.com. This site provides affordable short-term insurance. All you do is type in your address, gender, birthday and spouse or kids birthdays (if you have any) and you will get short term plans that would be affordable for you. It details the insurance cost, duration and more! In case you have any questions, they provide a chat live service and a service provider will answer your questions.
Ultimately, you can get help and it doesn’t have to be costly. While insurance can be expensive, there is the option of short-term health insurance in case you can’t afford the long-term. There are many clinics that offer to your needs to lower the price of doctor visits. You just need to be able to communicate with them. If the clinic has a financial counselor, then that’s even better. Besides therapy, your health is first in line. Like they say…healthy body, healthy mind.