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Can People Be Permanently Cured Of Major Depression
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
If you are cured of major depression will your sleep cycles and thought processes clear up, or can these be permanent?
Many options: Except for severe major depression, generally, psychotherapy alone is just as effective as antidepressants alone. Though other non-pharmacological options (e.g. Light therapy, aerobic exercise, epa, etc) have been found to have efficacy, studies that support their use are generally neither as numerous, nor have as many subjects as those regarding psychotherapy. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with major depression and recently I have been feeling happy with out my anti-depressants. Am I "cured"?
No: May have resolved an episode of depression but if you were diagnosed with depression you probably have that diagnosis for life unless it was only situational depression. You can have periods without medications but if you recognize new symptoms then it is important to see your health care provider. ...Read more
Diagnosed with abnormal grief, major depression and anorexia does this make me a really bad person and don't deserve help is it possible to cure alone?
No, not bad person: No, these problems do not make you a bad person who doesn't deserve help. It sounds like you also need to be working with a psychiatrist in addition to a psychologist and nutritionist, for best results. Trying to cure your problems alone is not the answer, but you can do many good things for yourself along with treatment. Medications for depression can help many people -- possibly you too. ...Read more
Major depression: Lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorder is approximately 16.5%. Females are 70% more likely than males to experience major depression. The average age of onset is 32 years old. There is a genetic contribution, the specific genes have not been identified. It is thought that life stressors interact with this vulnerability to result in major depressive episodes. ...Read more
See Below: Difficulty concentrating, keeping focus, low or lack of motivation, irritability, depending on severity, some people might start skipping showers, or taking care of their basic needs, which inadvertently will affect your work and out-of work relationships. Some people get more angry, having "shorter fuse". If you feel you're being affected, get evaluated and start treatment (meds and psychth). ...Read more
Therapy: Can be effective, but the time required would be much greater than therapy plus medications. Why not get the best treatment available? ...Read more
A milder form of MDD: Minor depression is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least 2 depressive symptoms are present for 2 weeks or more. It is usually quite responsive to psychotherapy interventions. In the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders iv, minor depressive disorder was cited as an example of depressive disorder not otherwise specific. ...Read more
Extremely difficult: You must prove you are severely disabled and can not work at all with support. You get an evaluation by an SSI physician. After evaluation, you be ordered into treatment and fail every kind, including medications, psychotherapy, possibly electroshock therapy. Being on SSI can decrease quality of life because of financial crisis, poor self-esteem, social isolation. Maybe better alternatives exist. ...Read more
Symptoms: Symptoms may incluse: depresses or orritable mood, sleep initiation and/ or early morning waking, oversleeping, decreased appetite, weight loss, de rease in energy, motivation and interest levels. Crying episodes, withdrawn, feelings of hoplessness, helplessness, worthlessness, amhedonia (lack of enjoyment in activities prev enjoyed), diurnal variation, suicidal thoughts, low frustration tolerance. ...Read more
See your doc today..: There are many effective treatments available for depression and I would encourage you to consult your doc as soon as feasible. I think that by knowing/recognizing that you are having a problem is a huge step toward improvement! It is not easy to get motivated when you are down. I would start by talking to your family members, friends, call your doc for eval/treat asap. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read more
Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Major depression impacts job, marriage, social situations. This needs to be treated ASAP. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Depression is: Treatable. I know that you are on Effexor (venlafaxine) - but don't know what other treatment you have received. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep >. ...Read more
Multiple Factors: There are several factors that may increase the risk of depression. One of these is a strong family history of severe depression. Also, negative life experiences such as trauma, abuse, and multiple losses can increase this risk. Chronic pain and other medical conditions can play a role, as well as the abuse of substances such as alcohol and illegal drugs. ...Read more
Yes, but chronic Rx: Major depression is an episodic but chronic illness for most sufferers. Most people with depression recover with treatment, but many are unable to sustain recovery because they stop treatment prematurely. ...Read more
Lower motivation: Symptoms of major depression often include sadness, withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, appetite/weight changes, fatigue, low energy, hopelessness, guilt feelings, and sleep difficulty. Depression can also distort the way events are perceived, resulting in negative self-perceptions and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. ...Read more
Major Dep.: Symptoms are; depressed mood, can't experience pleasure, worthless/guilt/hopeless/hopeless thoughts with self-hatred, withdrawal, poor concentration & memory, poor sex drive, thoughts of death, poor memory, physical complaints, changes in energy/appetite/sleep. Children become irritable, clinging, demanding. Severe cases can show psychotic symptoms such as delusions/hallucinations. ...Read more