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A 17-year-old female asked:

When should the depression be called a medical emergency? my family has a history of depression and anxiety disorders. i have been diagnosed with them too. lately, things have been really tough on me, oddly, with no reason. i haven't reached rem sleep in

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 20 years experience
You : You definitely need to seek help with a mental health professional. These symptoms are severe enough to seek help at a hospital that has mental health services. I know you said you are not suicidal, but if you ever become suicidal and have a plan to hurt yourself or someone else call 911 or go to the nearest er. I hope you find help soon.
Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
life threatening: Risk of harm to self or others is the primary consideration for all psychiatric emergency. So suicidal thoughts, actions, homicidal thoughts or actions, or psychosis associated with depression are likely emergency events. However, if a person with depression is unable to care for themselves, won't get out of bed, loses significant weight, is mentally slowed, this could be an emergency too.
Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology 21 years experience
Self harm: If you feel like hurting yourself or anyone else, then it's an emergency, and you should get immediate help.

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