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What is the best dose of effexor/effexor xr to be on to see real results with my major depressive disorder and social anxiety?

What is the best dose of effexor/effexor xr to be on to see real results with my major depressive disorder and social anxiety?

Effexor (venlafaxine) dose: There is no one "best dose" for Effexor (venlafaxine)/Effexor (venlafaxine) XR. A therapeutic dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) varies considerably from person to person depending on symptoms, weight, metabolism etc. Dosing must be individualized and carefully monitored for beneficial vs. side effects. Speak with your doctor if you're not feeling better on your present dose. Keep all follow-up appointments. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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What is a major depressive disorder?

What is a major depressive disorder?

Major Depression: is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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How do you get a major depressive disorder?

How do you get a major depressive disorder?

Not sure: Often a life changing event in a genetically susceptible p erson. ...Read more

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What exactly is a major depressive disorder ?

What exactly is a major depressive disorder ?

Low mood plus...: A constant low or sad mood (or inability to experience joy or pleasure) that last 2 weeks or more, along with several other symptoms such as poor sleep, appetite, or concentration; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; slowed thinking and movements; or suicidal feelings. Also, this is not caused by drugs, medical illness, or another psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar. ...Read more

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What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

Depression: Major depressive disorder is defined by a set of certain symptoms and behaviors listed in the dsm IV manual. If these symptoms are present for a periods of time, then a person may be diagnosed with major depression. It is generally treated with counseling, medication, or a combination of both. ...Read more

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Do I suffer from major depressive disorder if always blue?

Do I suffer from major depressive disorder if always blue?

Could Be: Depressed mood is a key component of this diagnosis, but there also needs to be other symptoms related to changes in sleep, appetite, concentration, and lack of interest in enjoyable activities. Also, there are commonly increased thoughts of death or self-harm. It would be a good idea for you to seek an evaluation with a mental health professional to explore this issue. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder, help?

I was recently diagnosed with major depressive disorder, help?

Therapy/self-care: Things that you can do on your own:try to establish routines, small achievable goals sleep hygiene; look for positive aspects of the environment: do a summary at the end of the day -- best thing that happened, the things i laughed at, etc. To bring you a sense of joy. Consider meds and psychotherapy. Good luck! ...Read more

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What part of the body is affected by major depressive disorder?

What part of the body is affected by major depressive disorder?

Neurodegeneration: There is evidence that in recurrent major depression, astraglial cells, the cells in the brain that support neurons and encapsulate synapses suffer. As this occurs over time, they can wither and perish resulting functionally in a decreased ability of the brain to process information/ adapt. Physically this can be seen on pet/spect/fmri scans. Effective treatment appears to slow/stop the process. ...Read more

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I am a student working on a project on major depressive disorder. Can you provide me with a quote on the subject?

I am a student working on a project on major depressive disorder.  Can you provide me with a quote on the subject?

What type of info: Are you looking for? Is there a specific statement or opinion your are wondering about in regards to MDD? Feel free to provide more info and I'm sure someone on HealthTap will be able to help you out. ...Read more

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How are major depressive disorder and schizophrenia different?

How are major depressive disorder and schizophrenia different?

Differences: Major depression is a mood disorder in which you have the presence of a depressed mood and a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy which occur daily for at least 2 weeks. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder that can present as a combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more

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What exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

What exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

MDE: The dsm-iv criteria for major depression can be found at the following website: http://www.Mental-health-today.Com/dep/dsm.Htm it should be noted that major depression is a medical illness that is not the same as simply feeling sad or moody. Sadness is a normal response to certain situations, such as loss of a loved one, and is not necessarily major depression. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

Major Depression: Symptoms of depression include sad mood and loss of interest in usually pleasurable things for greater than 2 weeks. Also there are changes in sleep (too much or not enough); energy (slowed down or agitated); and appetite (could have little appetite w/weight loss, or eating too much w/weight gain). Difficulty concentrating ; making decisions. Frequent thoughts of death ; suicide. It's treatable. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

It depends: This depends on the treatment you're getting and how well you're taking care of yourself too. Taking medications consistently; staying away from toxins; participating in psychotherapy; exercising regularly; eating healthy; replenishing nutrients like b12, folate, (folic acid) and omega 3's. Feeling better can happen in weeks to months. Really getting well is a longer journey of healing your life. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder cause your whole nervous system to go haywire?

Sort of: Depression effects your perception of yourself physically and emotionally which can lead to or exacerbate physical symptoms and effect memory and other brain functions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

Intensity: Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

Length and severity: Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression (which can be a short as two weeks in length) but which lasts much longer. ...Read more

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Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?

Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?

Depression: I reccommend you get some educational dvds or download from web a short video explaining the struggles with depression, the signs, symptoms etc. ...Read more

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I have OCD. Can I have major depressive disorder too?

I have OCD. Can I have major depressive disorder too?

You sure can: OCD is an anxiety disorder and depression often comes along with anxiety. I would talk with a licensed psychologist or therapist that you can trust to help you work through these struggles. Be well, ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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