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A 27-year-old male asked:

Severely depressed and low-functioning... is there any hope to get my energy, appetite, and self back? already on ssris, how do i never give up

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 30 years experience
Is it depression?: Are you & your doctor sure that your problem is nothing but depression? There are 3 possible reasons for this: 1. Really bad depression; 2. Antidepressants often don't work as well as advertised; 3. You have an undiagnosed organic condition that is causing or exacerbating your depression. If you haven't already ruled out #3, see an internist.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Depression Treatment: Once a diagnosis of depression has been made effective management involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See a psychiatrist for evaluation, tests and treatment.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes there is HOPE !!: Insure that you have a comprehensive medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of your symptoms. If you are not being followed by a psychiatrist -strongly recommend it. Another SSRI or addition of other meds such as abilify (aripiprazole) or a mood stabilizer may be indicated.Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal >
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. Never give up. You are worth it !
Feb 22, 2015
Last updated May 16, 2016

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