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Am I going to be depressed for the rest of my life?

Am I going to be depressed for the rest of my life?

Expert Help, Action: Do seek "live" expert help. Start w/pcp to assess ur symptoms ; rule out physical causes 4 them. Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. It's important 2understand what's underlying ur symptoms so u can get effective help. "action is the antidote 2 despair" -joan baez. ...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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If I am depressed now does that mean i will have to be medicated for the rest of my life? Is there something wrong with me? Will it get better?

If I am depressed now does that mean i will have to be medicated for the rest of my life? Is there something wrong with me? Will it get better?

Depession lifelong?: If depression if treated to remission, be totally normal in all aspects of life, medication(s) can be gradually tapered off. If depression recurs, resume treatment for longer duration (twice as long) before tapering off. If depression recurs again then treatment needs be for life. What matter is if you are normal with meds, then no reason to not take meds to insure a secure and happy life. ...Read more

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Can i get through depression and anxiety without taking medicine for the rest of my life?

Yes U may: First it depends o u diagnoses, if u have bad , this is a chronic remittent illness that require ongoing treatment. Than depends on what treatment u take; medication can take 4-6 week s to start working and medication work 45 percent of time , psychotherapy works 35 percent of time , together they can work 85 percent of time . So it depends on u diagnoses and treatment ... ! ...Read more

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The man I love and want to spend the rest of my life with sends me into depression with his selfish attitude. Is there a way to help myself without having to leave him?

The man I love and want to spend the rest of my life with sends me into depression with his selfish attitude. Is there a way to help myself without having to leave him?

See a therapist: It would be very important for you to work with a therapist directly about this. You seem to recognize how your partner's behavior affects you -- have you discussed this with him? Could he hear you, and has this resulted in any change? You may become a lot healthier as a result of psychotherapy, and care better for yourself. Such changes inspire some -- not all -- partners to want to grow also. ...Read more

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How come I feel depressed on Monday, first day of work? Rest of the days I am ok. Thank you.

How come I feel depressed on Monday, first day of work? Rest of the days I am ok. Thank you.

Anxiety: Do you have anticipatory anxiety about the events of the week to come, which leads to dread and a sense of depression until you have gained some momentum throughout the course of every Monday ? ...Read more

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I cry almost every morning after my partner goes to work. I dont feel depressed the rest of the day, only those specific 10 minutes in the morning!

I cry almost every morning after my partner goes to work. I dont feel depressed the rest of the day, only those specific 10 minutes in the morning!

Glad to hear its: only 10 minutes a day. Do you have other friends or social support in your life? That's important for both physical and mental health. Too much dependence on anyone, even a partner, may lead to problems. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've been depressed and exhausted the rest if the day after ejaculating. Why is that?

I've been depressed and exhausted the rest if the day after ejaculating. Why is that?

Your depression: and exhaustion is likely a psychological response to life. Please see your doc to check for physical conditions such as hormone imbalance and then a mental health professional. Peace and good health. May be andropause, the male version of menopause. ...Read more

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Sometimes I go for weeks only sleeping 1-6 hours a night but I feel well rested. I am bipolar but I don't feel manic or depressed. Is that normal?

Sometimes I go for weeks only sleeping 1-6 hours a night but I feel well rested. I am bipolar but I don't feel manic or depressed. Is that normal?

Manic: Supposedly, it proves the point that manic shows in the behavior (barely sleeping) and is not felt as a problem ("I don't feel manic"). So, it may be normal for a bipolar person to experience what you do. Have you told your therapist? Have one if you don't. GPs are not as trained in these matters. Therapy optimizes medications in ALL research done. Best! ...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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Prolonged bed rest cause bradycardia? I have depression and become inactive resting heart rate goes down 42 nrml cardio wrk up and no symptoms.

Prolonged bed rest cause bradycardia? I have depression and become inactive resting heart rate goes down 42 nrml cardio wrk up and no symptoms.

Prolonged bed rest: gives you lots of time to think and perhaps over-think you situation. Please do what your doc asks and consider using a book based on cognitive therapy called "Feeling Good" by David Burns. It can help w.this and beyond. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Sleep 9-10hrs every night for last 6mo. Can't get to sleep before 2am no matter how tired. Wake up exhausted not feeling rested. Not depressed at all.

Sleep 9-10hrs every night for last 6mo. Can't get to sleep before 2am no matter how tired. Wake up exhausted not feeling rested. Not depressed at all.

Sleep Specialist: Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when you have the chance to do so. It has been estimated that insomnia affect 30 % of the adult population. Treatment options include: 1. Cognitive & Behavioral. 2. Pharmacological. 3. Alternative medicine. You should seek help if your insomnia has become a pattern and interferes with your daily life. ...Read more

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Help me understand this. Stress test says t wave liability at rest t wave inversion during recovery non diagnostic for ischemia. St depression <1mm ??

Help me understand this. Stress test says t wave liability at rest t wave inversion during recovery non diagnostic for ischemia. St depression <1mm ??

EKG essentially ok: Sounds like they were determining if you had narrowing of your heart arteries and if that was causing a low blood supply to your heart. Ischemia means low blood/oxygen supply to tissue (in this case the heart). When there is a low blood/oxygen supply to heart tissue ischemia can happen and a t-wave inversion can show this on EKG. ST depres can tell if you have had a heart attack, not in your case ...Read more

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Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

See your doctor : It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously. ...Read more

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Why do I have urges to self-harm when my depression acts up? I mean, I cope just fine the rest of the time, and I can resist the urges (my therapist knows about this) but why do they happen?

Why do I have urges to self-harm when my depression acts up? I mean, I cope just fine the rest of the time, and I can resist the urges (my therapist knows about this) but why do they happen?

I think the reason,: at least partly,is that your body releases its own pain killer,when you hurt yourself.This gives you temporary relief from pain,even emotional pain.Thus,you feel some relief.You should seek the help of a Psychiatrist to help treat your Depression.This way,you won't get so depressed,not be in such pain,and reduce these urges of self-harm.The rest of us(humanity)needs you to be ok.We want you to be. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain, temo loss of use, rest and antiimflammatories help. doc said depressed scapula,meds helped for week pain came back, dr wont do MRI help?

Shoulder pain, temo loss of use, rest and antiimflammatories help. doc said depressed scapula,meds helped for week pain came back, dr wont do MRI help?

Need to discuss with: your physician and follow the doctor's recommendations. If you are not satisfied, seek another opinion from a primary doctor or an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Had surgery on a broken foot and am getting some post-OP depression as I can't do anything anymore. 2 weeks of bed rest. How to cope?

Had surgery on a broken foot and am getting some post-OP depression as I can't do anything anymore. 2 weeks of bed rest. How to cope?

Bed rest: Are you taking classes right now? If so, then make use of your time while you are in bed and read ahead. By keeping yourself occupied, you won't even notice time passing. ...Read more

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Stopped birth control for amenorrhea and had natural period. Mood (chronic depression) improved during flow. Why? How can I recapture rest of month?

Stopped birth control for amenorrhea and had natural period. Mood (chronic depression) improved during flow. Why? How can I recapture rest of month?

Menses and Mood: Many women's moods are dysregulated by hormone changes. As estrogen changes, serotonin changes. Keep a chart: mood (describe and rate), life events, sleep, irritability, changes in your menstrual cycle (ovulation, onset period, flow, end of period). Bring this to your ob/gyn or primary md. If you need more help, find a psychiatrist who is trained in "reproductive psychiatry" or "moods & hormones". ...Read more

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How can I fix this? Today, i got my braces off. As soon as i got them off i could tell i had brown and white spots on two of my teeth. On all the rest of them there's white spots everywhere. I'm depressed, and have been crying all day because of this. Ple

How can I fix this? Today, i got my braces off. As soon as i got them off i could tell i had brown and white spots on two of my teeth. On all the rest of them there's white spots everywhere. I'm depressed, and have been crying all day because of this. Ple

Many methods to fix: Please don't be overwhelmed by what you see. While each case is different, it is often repaired easier than one would expect.Each tooth has to be evaluated individually.There are many methods including microabrasion, remineralizing pastes, bleaching, composite bonding, laminates, & combinations of all these methods.Were you going for routine checkups & did your orthodontist discuss your homecare? ...Read more

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Cholest, BP, hs-CRP normal. Resting HR>100 some days; orthostasis somedays. So– if Holter & ECG do reveal a problem, I mean, is it over? So depressed.

Cholest, BP, hs-CRP normal. Resting HR>100 some days; orthostasis somedays. So– if Holter & ECG do reveal a problem, I mean, is it over? So depressed.

No, it's not over: It's good that the results you've obtained so far are normal. The symptoms of racing heart rate and low BP at times are not insignificant, but may reflect psychosomatic issues like anxiety. Whatever the new results reflect - follow through on recommendations and inquire into good targeted CBT to learn how the manage this. I hope the results are good, but take this chance to learn skills. Best! ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more