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Is it common to live in a basement apartment with very low exposure to sunlight and then develop clinical depression?

Is it common to live in a basement apartment with very low exposure to sunlight and then develop clinical depression?

Possibly.: Several studies have shown that decreased exposure to sunlight can be a risk factor for depression. In fact, prolonged exposure to light is often used to treat some mood disorders. ...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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How can a person get diagnosed with clinical depression?

How can a person get diagnosed with clinical depression?

Psych Evaluation: Clinical depression aka major depressive disorder can only be diagnosed after the patient undergoes an evaluation performed by a licensed healthcare professional. This person could be your primary care physician, nurse practitioner , physician's assistant, social worker, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. If the individual meets certain criteria the diagnosis is made. ...Read more

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How can a person get diagnosed with clinical depression?

How can  a person get diagnosed with clinical depression?

Evaluation: First medical causes of depression should be ruled out (i.E hypothyroidism) followed by an evaluation by a psychiatrist. Symptoms of depression include: a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, sadness, poor motivation, and irritabiliy which adversely affect one's ability to function. ...Read more

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What might I do to handle a family member in a clinical depression?

What might I do to handle a family member in a clinical depression?

GET SUPPORT: If s/he is at risk of self harm or harm to others or cannot take care of him/herself because of the depression, call 911 or get the family member to an er. Also, you can find a psychiatrist near you via healthtap. Offer to go to a followup appointment for depression treatment with him/her. Get support for yourself! get a therapist for yourself!(nami.Org). ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between reactive depression and clinical depression?

Imperfect terms: Both are imperfect terms, but to me "clinical depression' implies that a person meets diagnostic criteria of a depressive mood episode, while 'reactive depression' implies a clinician's opinion that a person's depression might be the result of external stress. Officially, psychiatry does not make this distinction. ...Read more

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In the u.S., how many people have clinical depression to the point of being on meds most of the year?

In the u.S., how many people have clinical depression to the point of being on meds most of the year?

About 6.7% of: The us population has depression each year and about 2% of the population has severe depression. ...Read more

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What does clinical depression become major depression?

What does clinical depression become major depression?

Semantics: Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria. Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of clinical depression?

What are the signs and symptoms of clinical depression?

Clinical Depression: Sad affect, tearful, no joy in activities, feeling worthless/hopeless/helpless, ruminate about death/suicide, neurovegetative symptoms (appetite, sleep, energy changes), poor concentration/memore, withdrawal, reduced sex drive. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

Pretty much the: Same as adults: low mood, crying spells, loss of interest, low energy, etc. For more, check out the american academy of child and adolescent psychiatry. ...Read more

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Do people ever overcome clinical depression after 1 year?

Yes: With proper treatment like psychotherapy, anti-depressant medications, cultivating positive relationships, reducing stress, learning to confront one's negative thinking, it takes hard work to overcome a serious depression but with the help of trusted psychologist and/or psychiatrist and perseverance it can be done! ...Read more

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