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A 31-year-old female asked:

symptoms of severe depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Good to be concerned: Loss of appetite, lossof weight, poor sleep, lack of interest in any activity, lack of enthusiasm, lack of pleasure, severe guilt, self depreciation, worthlessness, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, gestures and suicidal behavior.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is there any possibility that severe depression can go away by itself without any clinical treatment?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Possible not likely: Depression can resolve on it's own, but i find this rarer and there must be a good support network in place. There are too many good medications to help with the treatment of depression and therapy helps as well. If it is for you, or if it is someone you know, get help now. Do take the risk and don't suffer needlessly.
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Which meds help the most with severe depression symptoms?

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Visit a doctor: There are many options when choosing antidepressants (ssris, snris, tricyclics), they vary in their effectiveness, side effects and cost. However, the most important thing to do is to visit your psychiatrist. They will be able to evaluate if you even need meds or whether there are any other psychiatric issues to address. Make to sure to ask them about side effects of any meds they rx for you.
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Most important to note is that severe depression is treatable and don't loose hope if the first few medications don't help. There is no one best medication. It's the process of finding the right one for you. I wrote Psychiatry in Techno Colors to give my clinical pearls on treatment of depression and anxiety. available on amazon.com
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A 22-year-old female asked:

I have just been diagnosed with severe depression? Now what?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Now...Getting better: Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (i.e. Medication) are usually, jointly, the treatment of choice for severe mdd. Wishing you well. So much relief is in store for you!
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can I do for severe depression?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Get Help: Severe depression is dangerous because it can not only disrupt your life, it can even make you want to end your life. If it's already this severe, you need an emergency evaluation. If not yet to that point, you can see an outpatient psychiatrist who can take a full history and make suggestions for treatment. Ideally this starts with psychotherapy, but antidepressants may also be needed to help.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

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Dr. David Nelson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Often: There are many families that have long histories of depression. Often they show up as substance abuse or alcoholism as family members self treat themselves in destructive ways. Bipolar disease has been shown to run in families.

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