Been to see my GP a few times recently as I am feeling a bit fed up with the way my asthma is and the the fact that there has been little improvement over such a long time. Recently had a HDU admission and then a chest infection when discharged from hospital so this has resulted in quite a prolonged period of poor health.
She did a questionairre type test and thinks I have depression. She is recommending medication and counselling. I am reluctant to take any more medication on top of my asthma drugs. I kind of feel that i am having an understandable reaction to having been back in hospital, being frustrated living with a long term illness and also from the fact I am missing being back at work. I am back on steroids again and this also makes me a bit emotionally unstable!
I tend to always get like this when having a period of poor asthma control as I get so frustrated about the way things are. My main question is, when does it become something more serious and require medication and when is it more related to the ups and downs of being a brittle asthmatic??
I don't know whether to accept her advice or not. I think I will be much happier and upbeat when I get back to work. however, she pointed out that I will be in this situation again in the future so how many times am I going to get this down about things?, probably quite alot.
As for the counselling, I kind of feel I need to talk to someone who knows about asthma as most of my worries revolve around admissions and long term prognosis etc.
Just wondering if anyone else has been in this situation. Part of me thinks I am having a normal reaction to being ill and dont need any further help but perhaps she is picking up on symptoms that i am unaware of.
Any help would be appreciated