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A 20-year-old member asked:

how do you get over the depression?, more like , how do you get over being scared of death or dying someday?

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Dr. Matt Vukin
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Psychotherapy: There is no answer to this question that fits every person. Generically, i would submit that the fear of death doesn't ever completely go away. How we react to these fears and concerns probably has the most relevance for living day to day though. For many, this fear and reality that we all will die instills a sense of urgency to live their lives with the most value and meaning possible.
Dr. Matt Vukin
Dr. Matt Vukin commented
Psychiatry 16 years experience
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You're welcome. The space for responses is very limited on this forum, you might find the following book helpful - "Staring at the Sun" by Irivin Yalom MD. He writes often about the issues you noted.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher answered
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Psychotherapy: It is likely that the known fear, of death or dying, is actually masking an unknown fear that seems worse. The purpose of psychotherapy is to uncover the unknown fear so you no longer use fear of dying to cover it up. The good news is that the unknown fear is probably something that the child was afraid of and that the adult would not be afraid of.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher commented
Psychiatry 49 years experience
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Lots of books, but unfortunately they will not help. If you have a fear that is unknown, no matter how many books you read, it will remain unknown. Psychotherapy is all that I am aware of that works, and it probably will need to be an insight-oriented psychotherapy, not cognitive.You might try is " Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World." Research is good.
Jan 29, 2012

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Can you die from depression?

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Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
In A Way, Yes: Depression itself can lead to death when a depressed person commits suicide. Also, people who struggle with long periods of depression tend to neglect their health, which can indirectly lead to shortened life spans.
A 37-year-old member asked:

My friend is depressed, wants to die. What can I do long distance?

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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Encourage him to ask: Encourage him to ask for help, see a psychiatrist or go to er. He will get the help.
A 42-year-old member asked:

I am so depressed. I want to die! but i'm too scared to do anything, just careless. I don't know what to do?

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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine 39 years experience
Please ask for help: Please ask for help, go to er or your doctor.
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A 17-year-old male asked:

Is it true that a person is at an increased risk of sudden death if their depressed? And their healthier if they are happy?

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Yes: Untreated depression is not good for body in general and particularly for brain and heart. Stress hormones cortisol and other factors such as c reactive proteins are secreted during course of depression that cause serious problems predisposing a person to coronary and brain artery disease leading to heart attacks and brain strokes(paralysis) and death.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Agree, depression is greater risk then elevated cholesterol.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

Which kind of depression is thought of death?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
ALWAYS MISERABLE: Several varieties of depression, some of genetic origin, some due to bipolar types, manic-depressive variations, situational reactions to tragedies, etc. Usually in my experience, when the depressed patient becomes restless and agitated, that seems when the risk of suicide becomes the most intense, and death does become a major threat. My psych colleagues can help immensely.

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