A member asked:

I am experiencing frightening thoughts, feeling depressed specifically feelings of despair, specifically feeling smothered, sadness, self harm, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, loss of interest, mental impairment, emotional problems, decreased energy level

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Life often sends issues our way that we don't have the skill set needed to fix. You wouldn't try to fix your bad appendix & should consider this the same way. Contact your doc for a referral to a life coach/screener now. If none are easily found go to an emergency room for a referral.

Answered Jan 12, 2020

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Dr. Judith Tellerman answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

If your suicidal thoughts become plans please go to the ER. Have a physical exam by a Dr. to rule out illness. The most complete evaluation for medication is with a Psychiatrist. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy for depression with ZOOM. There is extra anxiety due to covid 19- stay safe, cautious & hopeful to elevate your immunity.

Answered Jan 3, 2021

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