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what is atypical depression?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
3 differences: Generally speaking, there are three things that differentiate typical from atypical depression. In atypical depression, people often sleep too much, have an increased appetite, and have "emotional reactivity". That is to say, they will feel happy when something good happens, but then return to depression afterward. Maoi's may be more effective in treatment. Emsam is a patch formulation.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
That's a good answer.
Sep 22, 2012
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
That's a good answer.
Sep 22, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
The classical answer: Is that "typical deprssed" patients felt depressed and had little energy so they slept a lot. Therefore atypical depressed patients were those who were depressed but did not sleep in excess or could not sleep or rarley had much energy even though they were depressed.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

If I think I have atypical depression but am too embarassed to go to a doctor what should I do?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Don't be embarrassed: Please don't be embarrassed. A physician is someone with whom you should feel comfortable in confiding any aspect of your health, mental or physical. Physicians are generally very professional and accept you for who you are; we don't judge your character, nor do we make judgements about you. We are here to help you tackle your most difficult issues.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Alternative treatments for atypical depression?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alternative depressi: Traditional chinese medicine, indian remedies (ayurvedic med.), yoga, meditation, diet, exercise, etc.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I get help or cure for atypical depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Eval: I recommend a combination of psychiatrist (medications) and psychologist for talking therapy. It is good to have a thyroid function panel, carnitine level and vitamin d panel.
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A 41-year-old male asked:

With fibromyalgia/depression. Have lots of atypical behaviors i can't cover anymore ( asd like/ocd/ bfrd). Have to redefine mself, where to start?

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Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
What is timeline: Did everything develop together or separately. Ocd and fibro could certainly aggravate each other but Cymbalta (duloxetine) just happens to be a possible treatment for both but side effects like tremor and weakness sometimes occur. In this case i think working closely with both a pmr dr and a psychiatrist is warranted.

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