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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Overview)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent medical attention is required.


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I am into depression. My boyfriend cheated me for some other girl.Unable to move on please help me i want to forget all that happened?I just keep thinkin

I am into depression. My boyfriend cheated me for some other girl.Unable to move on please help me i want to forget all that happened?I just keep thinkin

Painful challenge: I once heard oliver sacks, a respected neurologist, give a lecture about some of his research. Someone in audience asked him what condition, of all the many he'd seen, seemed 2 cause ppl the most suffering. Dr sacks paused 4 a very long time & finally answered w/ only one word: "betrayal." sounds like trying 2 forget isn't working. Consider writing down ur thoughts in a journal, story, poem, song. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
4,684 doctors shared insights

Depression (Overview)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent medical attention is required.


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How to know it is depression I am feeling?

How to know it is depression I am feeling?

Expert Help, Action: Do seek "live" expert help. Start w/pcp to assess ur symptoms ; rule out physical causes 4 them. Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. It's important 2understand what's underlying ur symptoms so u can get effective help. "action is the antidote 2 despair" -joan baez. ...Read more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and seek help
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Ask for a counseling referral
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Ask a professional whether you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily, and if you are having trouble, start slowly with a daily walk
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What should I do to get out of a depression?

What should I do to get out of a depression?

Get active: Seek out psychological help - cognitive behavioral therapy is very effective & meds are sometime indicated. Eat healthy. Be physically active. Enjoy mother nature. Volunteer. Express your creative side. Live. ...Read more

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How to motivate my self when I am in depression ?

Start by Starting: Low motivation=hallmark of depression! it's like having very little gas in ur tank: so u might want 2 take long car trip 2 ocean, but only have gas 2make it out of driveway! may be helpful 2 think about how 2 refuel ur body, mind& soul.Take small steps 2doing things u've enjoyed/have found meaningful, even though u may not feel like it. Create routine & stick 2 it! plan 2 eat, sleep, move, talk, play! ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your counselor, and make sure to follow his or her advice and treatment plan
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Start a journal, and write prayers, feelings, poems, or doodles
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Call your doctor if you experience self-harming thoughts or suicidal thoughts
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What consequences result from untreated depression?

What consequences result from untreated depression?

The 4-F's Take A Hit: Low motivation is hallmark of depression. U have little gas in ur tank for the all-important 4-f's: fleeing (darting from danger, walking out of a bad movie); fighting (standing up 2 bullies, arguing over politics/sports); feeding (finding something appetizing); & f-love making (feeling frisky). Without fs 1&2, we might feel quite defeated; & without fs 3&4 -the fun f's- we might ask "why bother?". ...Read more

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How can I help someone with Borderline and chronical depression?

How can I help someone with Borderline and chronical depression?

Depression Help: Dear Justin, The best thing you can do to help someone is listen and help them get to the appropriate mental health service provider. This could be a psychologist (provides therapy) or psychiatrist (provides medication, referral to therapy and some therapy). I hope this helps you make the right decision. Dr. M ...Read more

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What to do if i want to develop a propensity to deny depression in my life. Any suggestions?

What to do if i want to develop a propensity to deny depression in my life. Any suggestions?

A Thought Experiment: If i understand what u're asking, u want 2b able 2ignore any depression u experience in ur life? 2act like it's not happening? I wonder if this might be akin 2a farmer trying 2ignore warnings & signs of drought? As the dust in the fields kicks up, s/he'd be shouting "crops will appear!" what if depression is a wake-up call alerting u that something is wrong physically? Socially? Emotionally? ...Read more

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Is it possible to have chronic depression?

Is it possible to have chronic depression?

But at what cost?: We can't say it couldn't happen. But u might ask the same about a gaping wound: u might decide 2let the wound heal by itself, but if u have access 2any medical care, why take the chance? Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. "things do not change; we change." - thoreau. ...Read more

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Please provide some tips for dealing with depression?

Please provide some tips for dealing with depression?

Start by Starting: Low motivation=hallmark of depression! it's like having very little gas in ur tank: so u might want 2 take long car trip 2 ocean, but only have gas 2make it out of driveway. Consider how 2 refuel ur body, mind ; soul. Take small steps 2doing things u've enjoyed/have found meaningful, even though u may not feel like it. Create routine ; stick 2 it! "action is the antidote 2 despair" - joan baez. ...Read more

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How can you cope with depression when you're lonely all the time?

How can you cope with depression when you're lonely all the time?

Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Where do I go to find a free depression support group where i live?

DBSAlliance.org: Also see if there are any local groups through the depression and bipolar support alliance (dbsalliance.Org) in your area. They are the leading national group for support of these conditions. ...Read more

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Which website is a good one for support with depression and anxiety?

Which website is a good one for support with depression and anxiety?

Online Ed & Support: One of best educational sites i've found on anxiety disorders = site of anxiety disorders assn of british columbia (canada), a gov't-funded non-profit: http://www.Anxietybc.Com another great site is that of anxiety & depression assn of america: http://bit.Ly/zfabis many who struggle w/anxiety also struggle w/depression & v.V. And many who develop depression r people w/early history of anxiety. ...Read more

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Falling into depression because of herpes. What tips do you have for me?

Falling into depression because of herpes. What tips do you have for me?

Get Info/Perspective: This is tough news 2 get, as a lot of people know: the centers 4 disease control reports: "genital herpes infection is common in the U.S. Nationwide, 16.2%, or about 1 out of 6, people aged 14 to 49 yrs have genital hsv-2 infection." (see http://1.Usa.Gov/16wijlq) no cure yet 4 this std but it is manageable. Get informed, treat outbreaks, talk 2 & protect partners. Consider talk therapy 2 help. ...Read more

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I don't have the spark i used to about life. Started about a month ago, could I have worried myself into a depression? With anxiety?How do I fix it?

I don't have the spark i used to about life. Started about a month ago, could I have worried myself into a depression? With anxiety?How do I fix it?

Ask Urself Questions: Low motivation=hallmark of depression! it's like having very little gas in ur tank: so u might want 2 take long car trip 2 ocean, but only have gas 2make it out of driveway! may be helpful 2 think about how 2 refuel ur body, mind; soul.Take small steps 2doing things u've enjoyed/have found meaningful, even though u may not feel like it. Create routine ; stick 2 it! plan 2 eat, sleep, move, talk, play! ...Read more

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What can I do to help my anxiety/depression hasn't been treated i feel pains that's not really there an so much more i don't have any insurance :(help?

What can I do to help my anxiety/depression hasn't been treated i feel pains that's not really there an so much more i don't have any insurance :(help?

Knowledge ; Practice: 1st learn more! see what is anxiety by anxiety disorders assn of bc http://bit.Ly/xueau5 everyone experiences anxiety at times. It prepares us 4 stressful ;/or dangerous situations. It may cause u 2 experience sensations u dislike (sweating, racing heart) but these won't hurt u ; won't last 4ever. 2nd try cbt -http://bit.Ly/xzbqnz; acthttp://bit.Ly/ztwlvz; mindfulness meditat http://bit.Ly/wdsdnu. ...Read more

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Is a psychiatrist the only option to treat my depression?

Is a psychiatrist the only option to treat my depression?

There R many ways...: Out of a forest. Likewise, there are many ways 2 approach depression. Which path do u choose 2 explore 1st? There might be a physical basis for ur depression - like heart or thyroid problems. Ur depression may reflect dissatisfaction w/something in ur life, that u're lonely; that u have big stressors 2 manage; etc. Do u want to try medication? Or psychotherapy 4 new perspectives, new skills? ...Read more

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What to do if i'm so sick of social anxiety and depression?

What to do if i'm so sick of social anxiety and depression?

Learn 2 Face Ur Fear: Educational/self-help tools for managing ; even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/rfrqu4 effective treatment involves putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be big help! your can get really small if you avoid situations. Do you want to let fear of someone judging you negatively hold you back? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have depression and i sleep all day?

What do you suggest if I have depression and i sleep all day?

Expert Help, Action: Do seek "live" expert help. Start w/pcp to assess ur symptoms ; rule out physical causes 4 them. Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. It's important 2understand what's underlying ur symptoms so u can get effective help. "action is the antidote 2 despair" -joan ba. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dealing With Depression (Definition)

Dealing with depression is a common experience. Depression affects about 17% of Americans sometime in their lifetime. Treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), anti-depressants, and electroconvulsive therapy. CBT, which teaches patients to evaluate and change counter-productive patterns of thinking (cognitions) and behaviors, has shown to be the most ...Read more


Dr. Douglas Lawson
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Depression In Pregnancy (Definition)

Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to ...Read more