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what can be done to deal with severe depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What are you doing : For your depression currently? Are you in therapy ?- that is important. Are you on psychiatric medications?- often essential for a severe mood disorder. Do you have a support system ?- despite desires to isolate it is important not to block out others. Do you do daily physical activity? I know it is hard to find the motivation but it will pay off. Are you eating regularly? Significant weight.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Coping with Depressi: I commend you for your desire to overcome severe depression. • Believe in Wonder of Life Force within yourself. • Reflect on achievements of total life; and feel satisfaction. • Follow with Psychiatrist regularly for Intensive Therapy with Medication • When in crisis, call Psychiatrist or Crisis Center immediately, or go to E.R. • Keep written list and Contacts of Cell Phone of Supportive people

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Will my depression have adverse effects on my baby?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: It is possible. Many of the medications used to treat pregnancy have a rare but serious side effect in the baby called primary pulmonary hypertension and increased neonatal jitteriness. If being off your meds means your depression worsens and you are not eating properly that could affect the baby's growth.
Dr. Armand Braun
Psychiatry 39 years experience
There is some evidence (besides those mentioned) that experiencing significant depression during pregnancy may biologically set up hard wiring in the fetus to experience greater depression and anxiety in their lives. Also if the mothers depression continues into the infants first 1 year of life that in itself can have negative hard wiring on the infant- depression and anxiety.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is cfs related to depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
80% of CFS patients: Meet criteria for major depression. Cfs (chronic fatigue syndrome) patients do not have epstein-barr virus or any other viruses for that matter that can be found to clearly cause chronic fatigue syndrome. Other medical problems that can cause fatigue have to be looked for. Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and temporomandibular joint disease are associated disorders but not causes for cfs.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is fms real or am I just depressed?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Real: Fibromyalgia is not depression. However living with chronic pain can cause feelings of anxiety and depression, which can worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Depends: The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs. They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.

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