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Doctor insights on: Can You Qualify For Disability With Severe Depression

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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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I can't get out of bed, i cry and feel very depressed. Can i get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

I can't get out of bed, i cry and feel very depressed. Can i get disability from work due to severe depression during pregnancy?

Depends on your : Insurance policy that you have for disability at work as well as your clinical condition and the willingness of your psychiatrist to give you time off work. Insurance companies are getting much stricter about this and it is imperative that your psychiatrist use rating scales in the chart to document disability. Many insurance companies no longer trust the word of a psychiatrist or a patient. It is a sad state of affairs.If there is no "objective testing done, then a retroactive review could deny you payments. Please inform your psychiatrist of this.At the very least there needs to be a mini mental status exam in the chart as well as a depression rating scale at every visit. ...Read more

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Symptoms of severe depression?

Symptoms of severe depression?

Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read more

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Does ect treat severe depression?

Does ect treat severe depression?

ECT for severe depre: Severe Depression can lead to suicide and psychotic symptoms. Many patients with severe depression benefit from Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Treatment with Antidepressant medication. Some depressed patients will benefit by changing to different Antidepressant medication or yet another. ECT needs to be considered only when patient has not benefitted from these treatments. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe depression?

What can I do for severe depression?

Get Help: Severe depression is dangerous because it can not only disrupt your life, it can even make you want to end your life. If it's already this severe, you need an emergency evaluation. If not yet to that point, you can see an outpatient psychiatrist who can take a full history and make suggestions for treatment. Ideally this starts with psychotherapy, but antidepressants may also be needed to help. ...Read more

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What are signs of severe depression?

What are signs of severe depression?

See below: Signs of depression vary. The person may have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Maybe sleeping a lot. The appetite maybe very decreased or increased, as well as the weight. There is a sense of hopelessness and a loss of enjoyment. Most of the time , there will be isolation. Of course the most worrisome sign would be thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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What is severe depression medication?

What is severe depression medication?

Agree w Dr. Howell: Major depression may be treated with different classes of antidepressants( selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepineprhine reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics & bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are often used off- label now (rather than for depression). ...Read more

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I have severe depression need relief?

I have severe depression need relief?

Seek psychiatric or: Psychological evaluation. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture or tai chi. ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe depression?

I am suffering from severe depression?

What started it?: Many things at your age.. social and hormonal changes occurring, family issues.Taking any meds or drugs ? Diet can also be a huge factor. You need to talk with a caring non-judgemental Dr who will help you honestly explore these areas (in private - no parent or friend allowed), and order some labs (cmp, cbc, thyroid tests, B12). Also-increase exercise, sunlight & tryptophan in diet. Turn off TV ...Read more

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Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Often: There are many families that have long histories of depression. Often they show up as substance abuse or alcoholism as family members self treat themselves in destructive ways. Bipolar disease has been shown to run in families. ...Read more

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What do you do for severe depression tomorrow?

What do you do for severe depression tomorrow?

Severe Depression: Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist and also to a clinical psychologist, one for possible medications and the other for psychotherapy. Best. ...Read more

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What can be done to deal with severe depression?

What can be done to deal with severe depression?

What are you doing : For your depression currently? Are you in therapy ?- that is important. Are you on psychiatric medications?- often essential for a severe mood disorder. Do you have a support system ?- despite desires to isolate it is important not to block out others. Do you do daily physical activity? I know it is hard to find the motivation but it will pay off. Are you eating regularly? Significant weight. ...Read more

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What does i get prescribed for severe depression?

What does i get prescribed for severe depression?

Depression: Several antidepressant options, depending on the initial evaluation by your doctor who will discuss options, medications side-effects, benefits vs. Risks, and any additional therapies. ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe depression. Any advice?

I am suffering from severe depression. Any advice?

Your Dr can assess: For mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical. ...Read more

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Which meds help the most with severe depression symptoms?

Which meds help the most with severe depression symptoms?

Most are equal: Doctors choose antidepressants based on side-effect profiles, not superior effectiveness. Despite minor evidence that older tricyclics may be slightly more effective than more common ssris, it's best to consider antidepressants all equally effective. But for any one patient, one med can work much better than another. Thus, treatment must be tailored to the individual; adding therapy helps too. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the signs of severe depression?

Can you tell me which are the signs of severe depression?

Signs of Depression: I commend you for your desire for Good Emotional Health! Signs of severe depression: •Marked sadness with crying spells, or Apathy •Severe guilt •Worthlessness •Hopelessness, suicidal intent, frequent Suicidal ideations, Suicidal behavior •Brooding •Withdrawal •Poor or excessive sleep •Loss of weight Treatment of depression by Psychiatrist with Intensive Therapy with Medication will benefit. ...Read more

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How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

How to cure severe depression in safe ways like no drugs?

If severe - do: recommend meds. Non-pharmacologic approaches: Start with talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy). Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more

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What are some of the longterm effects of severe depression?

Depression effects: Depression is one of the most costly illnesses to society, in terms of people's ability to work and relate to each other. In depression, you may have very little motivation to study or work -- so poor productivity results. People can lose jobs. Apathy or irritability may pervade personal relationships, leading to suffering in families and kids who are unsupervised. Death by suicide can happen too. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with severe depression? Now what?

I have just been diagnosed with severe depression? Now what?

Now...Getting better: Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (i.e. Medication) are usually, jointly, the treatment of choice for severe mdd. Wishing you well. So much relief is in store for you! ...Read more

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more