Top
30
Doctor insights on: Depression

Share
Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,588 doctors shared insights

Depression (Overview)

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 medical attention is required.


1

1
What are symptoms for depression?

What are symptoms for depression?

Depressive symptoms: Symptoms of depression can include: feeling sad, irritable or angry. There can be a decrease in sex drive. Energy level & motivation levels may drop. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep may increase or decrease. Weight can change in relation to increase or decrease in appetite. Concentration or memory may decline. There can be an absence of joy as well as >>>. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,588 doctors shared insights

Depression (Overview)

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 medical attention is required.


2

2
What are some risk factors for getting Depression?

What are some risk factors for getting Depression?

The risk factors for getting Depression include:: Birth Control pills, Illegal drug abuse, Immunosuppression, Interferon, Isotretinoin, Personality disorder, Propranolol, Stress, Recently gave birth, Steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
5 other doctors agreed
3

3
Depression (Tip)

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...See more

4

4
Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
Once
See your counselor, and make sure to follow his or her advice and treatment plan
Once
Start a journal, and write prayers, feelings, poems, or doodles
Once
Call your doctor if you experience self-harming thoughts or suicidal thoughts
Once
5

5
What are complications of depression on your life?

What are complications of depression on your life?

Many impairments: Depression can complicate & impair your life in many ways. It can be hard to work, care for your kids, or be a good spouse or friend. It's hard to enjoy anything. It can lead to suicide or other self-harm. Physical illness is more likely. Concentration and memory can suffer. Pessimism can make you hopeless and give up. Please seek help if depressed! ...Read more

7

7
Depression (Tip)

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...See more

8

8
Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and seek help
Once
Ask for a counseling referral
Once
Ask a professional whether you would benefit from medications
Once
Exercise daily, and if you are having trouble, start slowly with a daily walk
Daily
9

9
Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Basically yes: But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently. Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why. ...Read more

10

10
How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

Worry: Depression puts everyone on edge. Something seems to be wrong, but what it is not clear. This leads to worry. For kids especially the worry inevitably (really) leads to the thought that they might be the cause. So, reassurance that that is not the case is important. Also, support, if you are not able to be as supportive all the time, make sure that others can fill in. ...Read more

11

11
Depression (Tip)

A depressive episode should be treated with meds for three months. Wean off, to see if treatment should be continued! ...See more

14

14
Depression (Tip)

If you had at least one depressive episode in the past, you are at risk for another. Get help now. ...See more

15

15
What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

Not happy: Absence of happiness is ahedonia. This is common in young depressed pts. Irritability, aggressiveness, being withdrawn, oppositionality, tantruming, sleep disruption, poor eating, and sadness. If you suspect your child has depression, see your pediatrician for medical evaluation & referral if necessary. ...Read more

16

16
I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

Encourage, Support: Make sure that your child has an environment of encouragement and support. Be aware of conflict in the child's life that would contribute to depression. Be sure your child receives adequate treatment. ...Read more

17

17
Depression (Tip)

Tell doctor asap if depression suddenly flips to high energy, rapid thoughts, fast speech & no sleep. ...See more

18

18
How would you diagnose depression by what?

How would you diagnose depression by what?

By hx & exam: History & mental status exam no accurate lab tests available. ...Read more

19

19
Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Poor grooming: Along with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech & behavior, and negative symptoms like affective flattening, part of the criteria for schizophrenia include social/occupational dysfunction. Self-care can be part of this, and lack of it can show in poor grooming. Depressed people may also have poor self-care and/or grooming, but their overall symptom picture differs from schizophrenia. ...Read more

20

20
Depression (Tip)

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about depression & it's treatment. ...See more

21

21
Is there a simple test for depression?

Is there a simple test for depression?

IDS-SR: The inventory of depressive symptomatology — self report (ids-sr) is a very good tool for assessing depression severity. The assessment is open to the public: http://www.Ids-qids. Org/translations/english/ids-sr%20english. Pdf and the scores are interpreted as follows: http://www.Ids-qids. Org/index2. Html#interpretation. I would suggest seeing a psychiatrist for true interpretation, however. ...Read more

22

22
Online tests for depression any good?

Online tests for depression any good?

Not the best: At best, online tests for depression are only useful for screening depressive symptoms... And that is if you happen to stumble across a well researched one. The best way to determine if you have depression is to visit with a psychologist or psychiatrist since there are different types of depression, which have different causes, and require different treatments. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
1 other doctor agreed
23

23
Depression (Tip)

When fighting a bout of depression, structure your time. Have something on the calendar each day. ...See more

24

24
How do you know if you have depression? Or bi-polar disorder? Or even manic depression?

How do you know if you have depression? Or bi-polar disorder? Or even manic depression?

Agree w Dr. Weismann: The best way to know is through a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Bipolar Disorder = Manic Depression. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that involves depression & mania & /or hypomania. If hypomanic / manic, 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, risky behaviors, elation or ^ physical > ...Read more

25

25
Health deterioration causes depression?

Health deterioration causes depression?

It certainly can!: No one wants to be less than healthy. Add to that the genetic component to major depressive disorder, and the likelyhood of depression rises. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
3 other doctors agreed
26

26
Depression (Tip)

How to fight depression: even when you don't feel like it, get up, exercise, connect with friends. ...See more

27

27
Does hydrocephalus cause irritability? Is irritability mean depression or everything gets on your nerves.

Does hydrocephalus cause irritability? Is irritability mean depression or everything gets on your nerves.

Hydrocephalus: In adults hydrocephalus may result from bleeding withing the skull from an aneurysm rupture, or brain trauma, or a tumor obstructing spinal fluid pathways. Headache, irritability, depression and cognitive problems causing frustration are some symptoms. You should consult your primary care doctor, who may refer youi to a neurologist or order an MRI to see oif hydrocephalus is present. ...Read more

29

29
Depression (Tip)

Low or high blood sugar can make your depression much worse - avoid sweets & sugars. ...See more

30

30
Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Can someone tell me between zoloft, (sertraline) Prozac and celexa which one treats depression and OCD better? And which one will not cause weight gain the best.

Medications: That is not how medicine works. They all are very effective and used for a variety of different reasons. The best drug for you is the issue and that is determined with the physician working with you in person. ...Read more

Find us on Facebook