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Should i see a doctor about possibly anxiety/depression issues? I haven't been feeling like myself lately. I've taken several online depression/anxiety inventories and they've all come back that I have moderate/severe qualities of depression, however i do

Yes: I would see a mental health professional and have an evaluation. Certain medical illnesses, such as hypothyroidism, can mimic depression and should be ruled out. This way you will have been accurately diagnosed and can then decide on the right treatment for you. ...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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My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

My daughter has developed depression. What is it exactly?

Depression: Is a mood disorder involving feelings of depression, loss of interest in usually pleasurable activities, trouble with sleep, appetite and energy and sometimes the development of suicidal ideation. It also interferes with the person's ability to function in school/work and in relationships. The best news is that there is help out there! ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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How do you define depression?

How do you define depression?

Group of Symptoms: Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms - something we call a syndrome - that includes a persistent and pervasive period of sadness and/or a lack of joy, usually associated with feelings of excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death. ...Read more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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Please describe a good way to deal with depression?

Please describe a good way to deal with depression?

Depression : There are many psychological techniques that are effective for coping with depression. There are also effective medications. Consult a mental health professional to explore your options. ...Read more

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What are the tell tale signs of depression?

What are the tell tale signs of depression?

Classic Signs: The classic signs of depression are: prolonged mood of depression, changes in sleep, decreased interests in enjoyable activities, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, decreased concentration, changes in appetite, decreased initiation of movement and activity, and thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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My friend is suffering from depression to such an extent that he keeps silence when at work or while in friends group. Pls suggest some medicine?

My friend is suffering from depression to such an extent that he keeps silence when at work or while in friends group. Pls suggest some medicine?

Depends....: Giving your friend medicine without seeking a professional opinion can be dangerous. Instead of picking a medicine for them, maybe express your concern. There are many ways to treat depression, counseling, group therapy, and medications (like Prozac (fluoxetine) and zoloft) are common ways but should be done under the guidance of the appropriate professional or doctor. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter med works best for depression?

What over-the-counter med works best for depression?

Exercise: Depression is best treated with a combination of talk therapy and antidepressants. Exercise, good sleep, and good nutrition are the best otc remedies. ...Read more

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Should one be alarmed if he/she finds out that they are in depression and stress together?, and what measures should they take to cope with the same

Should one be alarmed if he/she finds out that they are in depression and stress together?, and what measures should they take to cope with the same

Often together: Stressful situations often trigger depression, and depression often leaves one less resilient in handling stress. So working with both is usually best. See someone--a counselor, therapist, psychiatrist. Lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, meditation) can helpa great deal; deeper understanding of causes and coping, will help additionally; medications if needed, too. ...Read more

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Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Is there a test or scale for measuring depression?

Yes, several: Several 'screening measures' are online. It doesn't replace a real Dx Eval but can be useful. Mostly for sincerely worried young people who discover that they don't make the first cut - but it you exaggerate at all - it might be hard to get a true answer. A visit to an expert is better for an evaluation. http://psych.med.nyu.edu/patient-care/screening-tests/depression-screening-test ...Read more

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I'm struggeling with depression and all I want is to sit in my appartment and watch tv. When I do this I feel safe and comfortable. Who can I get well?

Don't wait: Don't wait to get professional help. Treatment works best when sought early on in the illness. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to motivate yourself to get out. This is a common problem and you can get better. ...Read more

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How much ativan (lorazepam) could cause dangerous resp. Depression in a 5'5" 138lb male. Got prescription for 1mg tabs, scared to take them.

How much ativan (lorazepam) could cause dangerous resp. Depression in a 5'5" 138lb male. Got prescription for 1mg tabs, scared to take them.

It's ok: 1 mg every 6 hours is safe. You can always cut the tablet in half and start with a lower dose to see how it will affect you. You will not have any respiratory depression at 1 mg dosage though. ...Read more

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I've been told I have depression but it's not, it's mercury toxicity from fillings, why wont drs test harder for it in the blood?

I've been told I have depression but it's not, it's mercury toxicity from fillings, why wont drs test harder for it in the blood?

Mercury intoxication: hi, because you should have more than depression to be diagnosed with Mercury intoxication, Mercury intoxication is a serious disease which affects skin, blood cells, skin and peripheral nerves. ...Read more

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I feel like when i recover from anxiety and depression that i will later on develop an life threatening disease and die young please i'm only 17!

I feel like when i recover from anxiety and depression that i will later on develop an life threatening disease and die young please i'm only 17!

Hard to predict: But if your fear is severe, then you should tell your doctor. When your depression is better, your fear may also get better. I hope you are getting treatment for your anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of therapy over medication to treat depression?

What are the benefits of therapy over medication to treat depression?

Possibly several: No physical side effects. No withdrawal/discontinuation symptoms. No interactions with other meds. Therapy offers tools to tackle depression if it returns while medication only works while you take it. On the other hand, meds may relieve symptoms faster ; less expensively. No need to choose though: therapy ; meds together often work best. ...Read more

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