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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
43 years experience in Psychiatry
Lithium treatment: Lithium can be taken as long as necessary provided it is the primary med necessary to stabilize a person's recurring depression and is medically safe. ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Why not get help?: if you have been struggling with depression and anxiety for 6 months, why not get some help? I would try speaking with a psychologist to see if the sy ... Read More
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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cau ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Biopsychsocial Facto: Biological is inheritance, psychological is low self esteem, social is traumatic events or losses.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Find good therapist: You will need to work with a good therapist probably for a long time. They will help you cope with the challenges of a difficult combination of diagno ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Reidbord
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: The official name is "major depressive disorder", but many people say "clinical depression" as a sort of shorthand for that. This is depression > 2 w ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michelle King
25 years experience in Psychiatry
A bit philosphical..: In short: coming to acceptance is a lot of it, a therapist who offers guidance, and legal counsel if pursuing disability; yet maintaining the best lif ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Prozac (fluoxetine): While there are many options available, prozac (fluoxetine) has a long track record in adolescents and young adults for safety and effectiveness.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Bipolar: Mood disorders do not classically show symptoms of hyperarousal, hypervigilance or flashbacks classic of ptsd.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Nash
23 years experience in Geriatric Psychiatry
There can be: Major depressive disorder is diagnosed by having at least 5 symptoms from a list. Melancholic major depressive disorder refers to having certain speci ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
Not good: Mj can make people care less about issues. This may be an excape from negative feelings but not helpful. The goal of depression tx should be to reduc ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Good question: Sometimes bipolar is missed at 1st and seen as depression with mood swings. It may take a major manic episode for the true diagnosis to be clear. Howe ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Depression: Melancholia is from word meaning dark bile. It shows in depressed, blunted or flat affect. Clinical depression is depression with vegetative signs & s ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, mo ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
43 years experience in Psychiatry
Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidanc ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brent Galloway
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Hope: The different diagnoses that you listed could easily be summarized as someone dealing with severe anxiety issues. There is always hope to have reducti ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfredo Soto
25 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: Bipolar disorder, like any other illness, can have different levels of severity. Many productive individuals suffer from the illness, including a famo ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Tabby
36 years experience in Neurology
Unlikely: but major depression could cause them
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Find answers on: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/. Social Security requires documentation of functional disability or disabilities caused by your psy ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Depression: Depending on severity, self esteem issues and guilt over past events can erode relations. Just trust yourself , live for the present and take time to ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Samuel Miles
46 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: One of the more common symptoms of depression is a loss of interest in usual activities. Often it is associated with a lack of satisfaction or pleasur ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
38 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes, often does: Mood disorder has to do with symptoms you experience while personality disorder has to do with a pattern of difficulty with relationships. A chronic ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. H Robert Silverstein
Specializes in Cardiology
See: psychiatrist. Be more macrobiotics (90%). Get personal trainer for exercise. HRS, MD, FACC www.thepmc.org

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