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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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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 are the signs and symptoms of clinical depression?

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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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Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Yes: The official name is "major depressive disorder", but many people say "clinical depression" as a sort of shorthand for that. This is depression > 2 wks, severe enough to interfere with everyday life, and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy, appetite, ability to experience pleasure, suicidal ideas, and so forth. Many depressed moods are not severe enough to count as "clinical". ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with clinical depression?

Any over-the-counter help for someone with clinical depression?

Exercise: Exercise is the best medicine for depression. Run to the pharmacy and don't buy anything every day. Eat a healthy diet and maybe take some fish oil caps. Eat a nice piece of dark chocolate while reading an inspirational book. None of the other otc suppliments have been shown better than placebo and some are dangerous. If your depression is severe enough to impact your life get real treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a problem with getting a nosejob for clinical depression?

Is there a problem with getting a nosejob for clinical depression?

Yes: A nose job does not treat clinical depression. Once your depression is appropriately treated you could consider rhinoplasty if your intentions and expectations are realistic. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a chronic disease cause clinical depression?

Please tell me, could a chronic disease cause clinical depression?

By one of two means:: Chronic pain, debilitation ; lack of function can lead to a major depressive episode. Some chronic diseases can have depression as one of their symptoms. If you think you could be suffering from depression - please get help. ...Read more

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Is a clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same thing?

Depression: Melancholia is from word meaning dark bile. It shows in depressed, blunted or flat affect. Clinical depression is depression with vegetative signs & symptoms. Both these terms can be used interchangeably to describe the currently used term. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how serious is clinical depression? Why is it called that?

I'm wondering how serious is clinical depression? Why is it called that?

Depression can be: Mild, moderate or severe. I think that the term clinical depression is for many, a good way to distinguish between a disorder that benefits from treatment ; depressed mood or depression that is mild enough not to impair function. ...Read more

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How can I concentrate and focus while suffering from clinical depression?

How can I concentrate and focus while suffering from clinical depression?

Get treatment.: Depression decreases the ability to concentrate and to remember. Using an ant-depressant often makes it easier to concentrate and remember. Ask your doctor if you would benefit from treatment with an anti-depressant medication. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

A few specifics: Clinical depression is a term that can encompass a number of so-called depressive disorders found in the dsm-iv-tr. They typically involve symptoms like depressed mood, loss of interest, sleep changes, sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and others. Dysthymic disorder is a more specific depressive disorder involving low-grade depression more days than not for 2 years in adults, 1 year in children. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of being a little depressed vs. Getting clinical depression?

What are symptoms of being a little depressed vs. Getting clinical depression?

Having a bad day: Usually doesn't involve physical signs of the physical illness called major depression. So you would not have sleep, appetite or energy changes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

Semantics: Melancholia is a term dating back to the 4 humors recognized by the ancient greeks & continued for millennia. The current preferred medical terminology is clinical depression or major depressive disorder. But it's just a matter of words, all meaning the same thing. ...Read more

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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