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A 39-year-old member asked:

am i starting to suffer from minor depression?

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Dr. Bruce Lochner
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Blues v Depression: It's normal to have good and bad days and fluctuations in mood. Try exercise, eating right, and sleeping. If you feel down for 2 weeks or more, have sleep problems (early am waking, insomnia, restlessness), can't motivate yourself to get out of bed or go to work, eat less or more, have decreased concentration, interest in life, or if you have thoughts of suicide - see a professional right away.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Depression: If you experience low mood for a period of two weeks or more it is likely the beginning of a depressive episode. Talk to your doctor about this possibility so you will have a referral in hand if necessary. Best.

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How long does minor depression last of not treated?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: It can last from days, to weeks to months or longer. Minor today, major tomorrow. It would depend on the circumstances and the person and the way the person responds to depression and the events leading up to this. Remove the cause and the depression often goes away. Not always though. I would recommend talking to someone. Perhaps you should start with your pcp?
A member asked:

I think I have minor depression?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Feel a little down?: Everyone gets depressed from time to time. It's a human emotion. It happens. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer, and is accompanied by loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite, weight, sleep, ability to think or concentrate, etc. It might be considered a major depressive disorder. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help as can taking other actions.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can you do to pull yourself out of a minor depression without any help?

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Dr. Leslie Howell
psychiatry 20 years experience
Options: You should a dr. And get accurately diagnosed as some medical illnesses can mimic depression (i.e. Hypothyroidism). Natural treatments for mild depression include exercise, therapy, accupuncture, support groups, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same or st johns wort), journaling, and vitamins (b complex, vitamin d, omega 3).There is no perfect method.You have to find what works for you.
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A 47-year-old female asked:

How can I know if it is major or minor depression , does it really matter please ?

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Dr. Melanie Mintzer
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Depression: Major or Minor depression is distinguished by how long you have had symptoms of depression, and how debilitating these symptoms are. What matters is that you ask for help from a health care provider, therapist, or counselor to determine whether talk therapy or medication may be needed. Don't ignore these symptoms. Let your friends and family know you have them, and let them help you.
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A 21-year-old male asked:

Wife suffers minor depression, please advise?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Get accurate diagnos: Hi, first, get an accurate diagnosis. Many things look like depression, such as hypothyroidism, grief, bipolar, sleep problems, and some types of anxiety. Then a treatment plan can be formulated that may involve therapy and/or medication. The good news is that depression can be effectively treated today. Untreated depression is miserable... no need to suffer when good treatments are available.

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