What is Sigecaps Depression?
Let’s explain what sigecaps depression is, before suggesting alternative treatment options.
You have most likely never heard of sigecaps.
Even if you are a patient.
Here is the scoop.
In the old days, when physicians wrote prescriptions, they used the abbreviation “SIG” to mean directions.
The “E” CAPS was to remind the pharmacist to prescribe Energy Capsules for depression also known as antidepressants.
Eventually, SIGECAPS became a diagnostic mnemonic, a screening tool used by medical professionals.
Treating sigecaps depression with antidepressants has it’s disadvantages as in the infographic above from Health Central.
Antidepressants are not the only effective way to treat depression.
We will soon suggest 7 powerful alternative options to deal with sigecaps depression.
Sigecaps Depression as a Screening Tool
When is the Sigecaps diagnostic tool used?
When a medical professional wants to determine if the patient is exhibiting the symptoms of depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
Sigecaps is a mnemonic which stands for the classic symptoms of depression.
Therefore, the sigecaps questions are designed to help the professional determine whether the patient is clinically depressed or not.
What does the Sigecaps Mnemonic stand for?
S leep Changes
The first question is regarding Sleep.
The S stands for sleep changes.
Have you noticed an increase of sleep during the day or a decrease of sleep at night?
Excessive daytime sleep and insufficient night time sleep are both indicators of depression.
I nterest Loss
The second question is regarding Interest in activities.
Have you experienced a loss of interest in activities that you once found enjoyable?
A loss of interest in such activities is another sign of depression.
G uilt (low self esteem and sense of worthlessness)
The third question is related to guilt and self-worth.
Are you feeling guilty or unworthy?
Do you feel a sense of low self-esteem and/or self-worth?
E nergy or Lack Thereof
Energy is the fourth part of the sigecaps mnemonic.
Do you feel fatigued?
A common symptom of depression is fatigue, a lack of energy.
Do you have difficulty concentrating?
Reduced concentration is a hallmark of depression, especially together with other sigecaps depression symptoms.
A loss of appetite or in some cases a major increase in appetite is another of the classic signs of depression.
Have you lost your appetite?
P sychomotor agitation or retardation
Is the patient reporting increased anxiety or lethargy?
Are you slower in your movements?
S uicidal Ideation
Are you preoccupied with thoughts of death?
Do you have a plan to commit suicide?
Suicidal ideation is the most urgent sign of depression that must be treated immediately.
The SIGECAPS mnemonic can help you remember the classic signs of depression.
I Want to See a Change
7 Ways to Treat Depression Without Medications
1. Real Food Daily for Better Sleep & Appetite
2. Exercise for More Interest in Life
3. Weight Lifting to Lift Self-Esteem
4. Eliminate Junk Food for More Energy
5. Eliminate Toxic Foods to Improve Concentration
6. Mens Sana in Corpore Sano