Everyone feels sad or low from time to time, but these feelings usually pass. Depression, however, doesn’t just go away. It can last a long time, weeks or even months. You’re too tired and too sad to do anything. Depression is an illness that can affect anyone. If you have symptoms of depression, you should see your GP. You’ll be referred to your GP’s mental health practice nurse (POH-GGZ), who will determine if your symptoms are caused by depression or something else. Usually, you’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire. On this website you can find a test, which can already provide some insight in symptoms of depression and low mood. The score indicates the chance you have depression, but it’s not a diagnosis. The higher your depression score, the more likely you have depression. The test is completely anonymous and your personal data are not stored.
Depression is treated step by step. First, you’ll be given advice to manage depression, like establishing a daily routine or taking up exercise. You’ll have regular appointments with a mental health practice nurse, who will help you handle problems in everyday life. If you need more help, your GP or practice nurse may refer you to a psychologist or prescribe medication.
Depression treatment by a GP or practice nurse is covered by basic health insurance. Psychological care is covered as well, but the cost will be deducted from your excess first.
- Feelings of despair and low mood
- Poor concentration
- Loss of interest in everything
- Suicidal thoughts
- Sleep problems
- Weight loss or weight gain
If you’re having suicidal thoughts, please call 113 or 0800-0113