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A 19-year-old male asked:

can major fatigue and drowsiness still be indicative of severe depression despite lack of sadness emotional distress? what could cause these 2 symp.?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Possibly: It might be good to drop 'severe' but - yes, even w/o awareness of sadness those 'could' be associated w/ depression.There are very specific criteria for a formal DX. Also - many other conditions cand cause those two symptoms. Many. Too many to list. Have a good exam and maybe lab work.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
There are many, many: causes for fatigue and drowsiness. If one was severely depressed - would anticipate that they would have some changes to mood. Recommend medical workup to determine cause of these symptoms.

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Can long term use of sint john's worth/for depression/ cause liver inflammation in some way?

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What percent of women suffer form postpartum depression?

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