Typical symptoms for all depressive disorders include depressed mood, diminished interest and pleasure in most activities, appetite changes, problems with sleep, fatigue, problems with concentration and in more severe cases recurrent thoughts of death.
The diagnostic process will usually involve two consultations, one with a mental health care specialist (psychologist or psychiatrist), who will ask you about your symptoms, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns, followed by a series of individualised neuropsychological assessments performed by a neuropsychologist. A physical examination, laboratory tests and imaging scans are sometimes necessary to rule out other physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
In cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will do everything humanly possible to treat symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, involving as many specialists as required, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and the well-being of each individual.
Risk Assessment & Prevention
Risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools are used as it is far more efficient to prevent a disease from developing rather than try to treat it once it has progressed. However, in cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will ensure to its upmost ability in treating the symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, hence improving the quality of life, the emotional health and the well-being of each individual.
At Dementech our approach to understanding your individual needs involves thorough clinical assessments. A Team of Neuropsychologists and Mental Health Experts will be performing specific tests related to Depressive Disorders, offering invaluable help to your clinical management. A comprehensive, tailored care plan is offered, which may include pharmacologic (consultation with a psychiatrist) and non-pharmacologic (consultation with a psychotherapist) management interventions. There are situations where a patient can benefit from a combination of treatments.