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what might i do to handle a family member in a clinical depression?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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Understanding that: Depression is a serious problem--your loved one can't 'snap out of it' by will alone depression is not personal in that a depressed person will often not be able to connect with you and that is not because of you hiding the problem, or pretending to others that he or she is not depressed does not help and can even prevent the person from getting treatment you can't fix your loved one's depress.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
GET SUPPORT: If s/he is at risk of self harm or harm to others or cannot take care of him/herself because of the depression, call 911 or get the family member to an er. Also, you can find a psychiatrist near you via healthtap. Offer to go to a followup appointment for depression treatment with him/her. Get support for yourself! get a therapist for yourself!(nami.Org).

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Can people be permanently cured of major depression?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Possibly: A better question is can it be successfully treated? One would have to live a lifetime to say they were permanently cured of depression. I believe there is always a risk of relapse. Common wisdom is one depression leads to a 50% chance of another, two a 75% chance and three a 90% chance for more depression. I have seen almost every other possibility in my 40 years of practice.
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Do people ever recover enough from major depression that they don't need treatment anymore?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: If the depression is the first one ever and caused by a bad situation and there is little family history of depression, there is a good chance that full recovery is possible with good treatment and resolution of the stress.
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What are the treatment options for major depression?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
There are options: Both psychotherapy and medications have bee shown to be helpful for people with major depressive disorder. The combination of both medication and therapy is even better for most people. Other treatments include ect. Newer treatments are being studied. The vast majority of people with this illness get better with treatment. Some people can get better without formal treatment.
A 45-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between clinical depression that needs treating, and just regularly being depressed?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
A thin line: I would be concerned if you are depressed, period! please get in to see your pcp, mental health professional or qualified person to help you deal with either one. This can be treated and you can feel better. Don't delay! go for help now.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
I would add that how much the depression affects daily living is a good Indicator of clinical versus what some people refer to as "normal" depression. Significant impairment warrants medical evaluation, certainly any thoughts of death or dying that includes suicidal thoughts needs Psychiatric intervention.If there is any question of self harm, help should be sought immediately.
Dec 25, 2011
A 41-year-old member asked:

How common is clinical depression?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Nelson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Very common: About 1 out of every 9 people are clinically depressed and about 1/3 of all people have an episode of depression during their life.
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
The lifetime prevalence rates I've seen for depression are 6% to 17% of the general population with higher rates for women than for men. If the higher estimate is correct, depression is the most common psychological disorder.
Aug 12, 2012

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