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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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How can you get over past addictions, depression, and low self esteem? What kind of doctor can help me?

How can you get over past addictions, depression, and low self esteem? What kind of doctor can help me?

Many different kinds: but probably most people would start with a psychiatrist with experience in addictions. There is a specialty of addiction psychiatry (www.aaap.org) and addiction medicine (www.asam.org). Your family physician would be another place to start, as many internists or generalist physicians develop expertise in helping you with these problems, as well as referring you to programs with more expertise. ...Read more

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Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Is my addiction worsening my depression or vice versa?

Works both ways: Depression may cause people to be drug or alcohol seeking, and drugs and alcohol are known to cause depression, even though in the short term they may feel as if they make you feel better. ...Read more

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Can internet addiction cause depression?

Can internet addiction cause depression?

More likely reverse: Depression is more likely to lead to excessive use of the internet than the reverse. However, spending all of your time on the internet is likely to lead to poor sleep habits, poor dietary choices, and withdrawal from family and friends. These things can all exacerbate depression. Internet use should be limited to less than 2 hrs/day for non-work purposes. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between internet addiction and clinical depression?

Possibly: People with depression often have low drive & low energy. So they may chose to use their time engaging in an activity that is both non-demanding and distracting. In other words this may become somewhat of a crutch. Individuals with serious internet addictions often do this at the expense of relationships, physical health & emotional stimulation. This may or may not contribute to depressive state. ...Read more

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If I am going through a depression, am I more likely to develop an addiction?

Depends: The probably with substance abuse during depression is that you can start to treat your symptoms with alcohol or other drugs. They do not really treat your depression, just distract you from the symptoms. If you are depressed it is best to speak to a physician or mental health provider instead of trying to treat yourself with alcohol or drugs. ...Read more

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Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Are there good psychology books on depression caused by internet addiction?

Yes but : The depression is secondary to the addiction- treat the addiction first then reassess whether depressed feelings continue to persist. See a professional who specializes in addiction. You are not likely to get the help you need from just reading a book! self help is fine , like 12 step programs , but seeking help is the first step... ...Read more

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Where do I begin? I want 2 overcome my obesity, depression& substance addiction. I don't know where 2 start, can I be helped, am I worth saving?

Where do I begin? I want 2 overcome my obesity, depression& substance addiction. I don't know where 2 start, can I be helped, am I worth saving?

Of course you can: be helped and are worth saving but it is a team effort. You do your part and professionals do theirs. Start by changing the name of your address here in HT. "Abandoned" just reinforces a negative. 12 step program for addiction, a trainer at a gym, and baby steps. Please stop excuses that rise up in your head. Peace and good health. A mental health professional can help you stay focused. ...Read more

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What are the first steps in dealing with depression/drug addiction?

What are the first steps in dealing with depression/drug addiction?

Recognize the proble: The first step is to recognize you have a problem and need help to overcome it. Then use resources, like your physician, your family, and support groups to work towards recovery. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I have an internet addiction, i think i'm depressed too. What do I do?

I'm 18 and I have an internet addiction, i think i'm depressed too. What do I do?

12 step group: There are 12 step groups for internet addiction. As far as the depression it may get better once your address your addiction. If not, see your pcp. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more