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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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Sleep helps depression. Therefore, what are some tips to sleep better. Are there natural things that help you sleep?

Sleep helps depression. Therefore, what are some tips to sleep better. Are there natural things that help you sleep?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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All bloodwork is normal, but i can't sleep! anxiety & depression not the problem, thyroid not the problem either, now what?

All bloodwork is normal, but i can't sleep! anxiety & depression not the problem, thyroid not the problem either, now what?

Sleep Med Consult: You sound very frustrated, and i can understand this if you're sleep-deprived. So glad you have normal blood work. But why are you emphasizing that anxiety & depression is "not" the problem? One or the other -- or even both -- can often contribute to sleep problems. Your next step could be consulting with a sleep medicine physician, with possible sleep study. http://www.aasmnet.org/. ...Read more

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Been on remeron (mirtazapine) 45mg at night for sleep and depression for about 2 years how hard will it be to change i sleep to long and take to long to fall asleep?

Been on remeron (mirtazapine) 45mg at night for sleep and depression for about 2 years how hard will it be to change i sleep to long and take to long to fall asleep?

Talk with doctor: From what a psychiatrist once taught me, once you get over 15mg, the Remeron (mirtazapine) does not have much of a sedating effect anymore, so may not be helping you get to sleep. Do not stop it if you are taking it for depression. Speak to your doctor about other options. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

Trazodone: is sometimes used to treat problems with insomnia. There are many other medications that can be used to help sleep disturbances related to PTSD and depression. Please let your doctor know. If the erections are too troublesome for you - another med should be considered. For erection lasting > 4 hours - obtain emergency care. Take care. ...Read more

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My heart rate resting right now is 67 and i haven't took my remeron (mirtazapine) 45 mg yet fit sleep and depression should I worry about it going to low?

My heart rate resting right now is 67 and i haven't took my remeron (mirtazapine) 45 mg yet fit sleep and depression should I worry about it going to low?

It's ok: Your pulse of 67 is right in the normal range and sounds good and healthy. Remeron (mirtazapine) doesn't typically cause slowing of the pulse. It has been seen in people over the age of 60 who just recently started the med. At a rate of 67, you should be ok. Sweet dreams! ...Read more

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Im 20 and look bad and aged, will MS, chronic stress, insomnia, low hormones, sleep apnea, depression increase beta amyloids and make me old ?

Im 20 and look bad and aged, will MS, chronic stress, insomnia, low hormones, sleep apnea, depression increase beta amyloids and make me old ?

Not proven: and drugs, cigarettes, and/or alcohol are much more proven causes of premature aging. (also obesity, lack of exercise, for skin wrinkling excess sun or other direct damage to it). ...Read more

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Ok remeron (mirtazapine) is not working still depressed no energy bad mood and no sleep what is a good antidepressant for sleep and depression?

Ok remeron (mirtazapine) is not working still depressed no energy bad mood and no sleep what is a good antidepressant for sleep and depression?

Psychotherapy: Do not assume the answer is medication. For most patients with depression, the effects of antidepressant medication are indistinguishable from placebo. Medication alone is not good treatment for depression. Psychotherapy (by itself, or in combination with medication) is the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Why do people with depression sleep alot?

Why do people with depression sleep alot?

Not always true . .: Depression can alter sleep patterns, as can stress, diet, anxiety, alcohol, work, medications & lack of exercise. Depression can result in changes in neurotransmitters such as serotonin, Dopamine & norepinephrine, which influence sleep. Some types of depression are associated with agitation, which may decrease sleep, and some depressions are characterized by fatigue, which may increase sleep. ...Read more

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Why do people with depression sleep alot?

Why do people with depression sleep alot?

Not sure: Major depression disrupts many body functions, including sleep and appetite--but it can affect both in either direction. Some people sleep much more, others much less; some have no appetite and lose lots of weight, others overeat and gain weight. Exactly why presentation can vary so much among people remains an area of intense interest. ...Read more

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What can I take to sleep because of depression?

What can I take to sleep because of depression?

Antidepressant: There are antidepressant medications that promote sleep. The depression needs to be treated as well as the sleep problem. Consult your physician or a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Does having irregular sleep habits cause depression?

Does having irregular sleep habits cause depression?

Yes: An irregular sleep pattern and insufficient sleep can mimic symptoms of depression. The treatment for this condition is focused on improving your sleep. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between sleep deprivation and depression?

How can I tell the difference between sleep deprivation and depression?

Evaluation: you need an evaluation. Where yoiu start is up to you. Some individuals have both problems. You can start with a sleep specialist and sleep study. With the results and recommendations if necessary, follow them and if yoiu still have problems then a psychological or psychiatric consultation would be the next step. ...Read more

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Diag w/FM & CPS.I have had 100+ onset symp in 3 mos & up to 73+hrs w/o sleep.Anxiety & Maj depression is getting worse.I can’t live w/this pain. Help?

3 m FM/CPS, insomnia: What work up has been done to date? Recent travel outside the US? Would evaluate for possible autoimmine disorder/even sarcoid -consider sed rate, crp, CPK, ANA, DS DNA, rheumatoid factor, thyroid function, lyme. Check for reflux, H pylori ,sleep apnea/ periodic , limb movements, celiac/foods.. Check COQ 10 , Avoid alcohol caffeine, opioids. .Consider MRI. f/u/ w/ doc-rheumatology /neuro ...Read more

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What is the best OTC supplement for anxiety? Depression? Sleep?

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What is the best OTC supplement for anxiety?  Depression? Sleep?

OTC supplements: There is no best otc supplement that works universally for anxiety, depression and sleep. You could consider taking vitamin d, omega 3, and magnesium. 5-htp and st. John's wort may help some people with depression. Kava may help relieve anxiety. Melatonin in low doses 1-3mg may help relieve insomnia. Check with your doctor first. We cannot guarantee the safety of otc supplements. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more