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what are signs of severe depression?

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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: Signs of depression vary. The person may have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Maybe sleeping a lot. The appetite maybe very decreased or increased, as well as the weight. There is a sense of hopelessness and a loss of enjoyment. Most of the time , there will be isolation. Of course the most worrisome sign would be thoughts of suicide.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Major Depression: is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration & v memory . When severe, suicidal thoughts , psychosis & major impairment in many areas of life can occur.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Will my depression have adverse effects on my baby?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: It is possible. Many of the medications used to treat pregnancy have a rare but serious side effect in the baby called primary pulmonary hypertension and increased neonatal jitteriness. If being off your meds means your depression worsens and you are not eating properly that could affect the baby's growth.
Dr. Armand Braun
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There is some evidence (besides those mentioned) that experiencing significant depression during pregnancy may biologically set up hard wiring in the fetus to experience greater depression and anxiety in their lives. Also if the mothers depression continues into the infants first 1 year of life that in itself can have negative hard wiring on the infant- depression and anxiety.
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Is cfs related to depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
80% of CFS patients: Meet criteria for major depression. Cfs (chronic fatigue syndrome) patients do not have epstein-barr virus or any other viruses for that matter that can be found to clearly cause chronic fatigue syndrome. Other medical problems that can cause fatigue have to be looked for. Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and temporomandibular joint disease are associated disorders but not causes for cfs.
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 38-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are signs of severe depression and what leads to it?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Depression etiology: I agree with dr. Stewart's response. Simply put, causes are; bio psycho social. There can be sleep/appetiter/energy changes, sadness, thoughts of self harm, helplessness/hopelessness, & loss of interest, all affecting daily functioning.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me which are the signs of severe depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. The more profound the depression - the more intense the symptoms may be.

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