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is there anyway to treat psychotic depression at home?

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Dr. Linda Chuang
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not recommended: Depression with psychotic features is a potentially dangerous situation. You should seek the consultation of a psychiatrist to see what treatment options are available. If you feel you may be at risk to harm yourself or harm others, please go to the emergency room.
Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
No - get help: Psychotic depression is very serious and requires medical attention. A combination of psychiatric and psychological treatments will provide the best results. Psychotic depression presents a high risk for suicide as well as harm to others. Don't delay - get help right away. The great news is - it is highly treatable.
Dr. Michael Simpson
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
NO: This is a very serious condition and requires medication and therapy. Supervision of the individual is important as they can self harm or harm someone else.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Anyone suffer from psychotic depression and recovered to be fully normal?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes, yes and yes!!!: Resolution of the depression means a return to how well you were functioning before the depression.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Whats psychotic depression?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Psychotic: Depression is any depressive episode that includes psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, seeing visions or feeling paranoid.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can anyone explain psychotic depression to me?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depression plus: Depression refers to sustained depressed or irritable mood & changes in sleep, appetite, & energy level, maybe suicidality. Sometimes, with severe depression, people become psychtic, with hallucinations (e.g., voices saying "you deserve to die") or delusions (e.g., "my body is rotting"). These sx relate to depressive themes & typically go away with successful rx of the depression.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Whats the treatment of psychotic depression?

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Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
See below: Combination of antipsychotics to help with psychotic symptoms and antidepressants to help with depressive symptoms. You need to talk to your psychiatrist about the medications that fit you best based on your general health, other meds you're taking, etc. Psychotherapy will also help to establish circumstance that trigger depression and help develop management plan for future episodes.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Which type of medication is used for psychotic depression?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Antipsychotics: Psychotic depression is very serious and the most effective treatment is ect. However, many respond to a combination of antipsychotic medications with either a mood stabilizer as lithium or/ and antidepressant. There is no evidence that any one med in any class is more effective than the other. There is serious risk of suicide and other life threatening behaviors.

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