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A 32-year-old female asked:

i have crippling depression. it's never held on like this before.

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Major Depression: I understand your distress. Traumatic experiences with painful feelings of sadness, hurt, disappointment, worry, fear, resentment, shame and guilt can cause crippling depression. Unresolved conflicts make depression worse. Do not be victim of the symptoms, Become Captain of your thoughts, feelings and actions. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication, Relaxation, Visual Imagery, Meditation.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Depression: I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from depression. Go see your FamilyDoc and/or psychiatrist/psychologist as soon as possible. Some medications can increase risk for depression so tell prescribing doc what's going on. Don't wait or delay. Get treatment (including non-drug options eg counseling) now as there is no need for you to suffer. Just work closely w/your doctors to optimize health.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Get help now.: Medications are sometimes indicated. Talking therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active.

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