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Does depression come on suddenly?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Generally not: The emotion of sadness can certainly come on suddenly, in response to loss or hurt of some kind. The illness of depression is very different. Depression involves changes in energy, mood, sleep, appetite, and interest -- and generally involves a more gradual worsening and feeling of stuckness. The person needs help to move through. Sadness is painful, but can usually relent on its own.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
DEPRESSION: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. The most responsible answer I can give you is that it depends on the patient.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. B: Depression can come on suddenly. However, mental health is not a do it yourself issue and you should consult a psychiatrist at your earliest as early intervention may prevent unnecessary suffering. Wish you good health!

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How to come out from depression?

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Depression: Depending on the type of depression & duration, what treatment if any, have u had before, and what is your support system like. Supportive psychotherapy & thorough evaluation is needed first.

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