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How common is clinical depression?

How common is clinical depression?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How to know if I have clinical depression?

How to know if I have clinical depression?

Seek psychiatric: Eval. Depression sx’s can include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

Most people suffering from major depression are helped by a combination of drugs and psychotherapy. ...See more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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What sort of disease is clinical depression?

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

Biological Problem: The term "clinical depression" is usually understood to mean a set of symptoms that are thought to be related to changes or problems in brain chemistry. Therefore, clinical or major depression is largely considered to be a physical or biological problem. However, it is clear that environmental factors can either worsen or improve depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Yes: Depression is the result of biopsychosocial factors. Genetics, environment, and your own temperament all play a role. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

Daily exercise and sunshine can help with depression. ...See more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Yes : It may take awhile to find treatments that work sustainably for you, but please don't lose hope. Psychiatrists know many medications, and combining/augmenting them may arrive at a regimen that truly benefits you. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment, and increases effectiveness substantially. There are also transcranial magnetic stimulation, ect, and still other possibilities. ...Read more

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I would like help with my clinical depression?

I would like help with my clinical depression?

Consider seeing a: Psychiatrist, psychologist or your doctor can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

The herb St. John's Wort has been found to be helpful in many cases of mild to moderate depression. ...See more

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Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Yes, but...: Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients. ...Read more

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Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Possibly: Mild to moderate depression can sometimes be treated successfully without psychiatric medications. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

Please seek the help of a medical professional for therapy. ...See more

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How can I help someone with clinical depression?

How can I help someone with clinical depression?

Support, Encourage: The best way to help someone with depression is to simply make sure they know that you care. Look for ways to support and encourage him/her, and also encourage this person to seek out appropriate help. You can also encourage him/her to take care of personal health through diet, exercise, sleep, and consistent routines. ...Read more

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Why does clinical depression need to be treated?

Why does clinical depression need to be treated?

Clnical depression: Because, it's miserable to be depressed on an ongoing basis, isn't it? Would someone choose to continue to suffer if there were an alternative available that can lead to increased happiness? If it's clinical depression, chances are it may not resolve on its own, without professional help. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

It will not always be this bad, and it will get better at some point. ...See more

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Can clinical depression be elevated with exercise?

Yes: Exercise is an excellent way to combat the symptoms of depression especially those related to feeling 'paralyzed' with fatigue and excessive sleepiness. It is hard to start working out when depressed but doing it will help. ...Read more

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Clinical depression (Tip)

Regular exercise, healthy eating (fresh fruits and vegetables ) and a good nigh't sleep help. ...See more

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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more