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A 36-year-old member asked:

How to know it is depression i am feeling?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What to do if i'm feeling depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
There are many: Things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “feeling good book' by dr. David burns. Your dr can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Motivate yourself for happiness.
Dec 18, 2013
A 34-year-old member asked:

How could I know if I have depression?

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Dr. Raj Syal
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You probably do: If you are thinking about depression you probably do have some degree of depression/ sadness. See your doctor.

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