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Doctor insights on: Chronic Health Problems Depression

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Which health problems are similar to symptoms as depression?

All: Just about any physical health problem can trigger some depression symptoms especially in people susceptible or prone to depression. There are certain conditions such as hypothyroid (low thyroid) and other medical issues, which are especially known to present as depression. This is why a person who is starting treatment for depression should also have a physical evaluation with blood tests. ...Read more

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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Would it be feasible my depression can cause me serious health problems?

Yes, if untreated: Depression has been linked to causing inflammation in the body. This can increase one's risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
There have also been studies where people with untreated major depression have a higher risk of death in the first few months after a heart attack. It's important to get treatment. ...Read more

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Does forced or natural intovert behaviour can lead to depression and health problems?

Does forced or natural intovert behaviour can lead to depression and health problems?

Possibly: While depression is more common among people with introverted personality styles, other styles tend to have their own complications. Your question, something about natural or forced, isn't fully clear. ...Read more

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Help please! Is depression and other mental health problems genetic?

Help please! Is depression and other mental health problems genetic?

Depression Familial: While depression and other mental health problems are not technically genetic, it can be familial. If you have one or more 1st degree relative (mother, father, etc) with depression or another mental illness, you could be at increased risk for the condition as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my mothers post natal depression cause mental health problems in my adult life?

Is it possible that my mothers post natal depression cause mental health problems in my adult life?

Not directly.: However, theoretically if a mother's severe post partum depression interupted bonding with an infant that might have some effects that become manifest at a later time. ...Read more

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I have a lot of health problems, back injury, copd, overweight, depression, what kind of doctor would be the best to treat me hurt my back many years ago always have pain, I suffer from panic attacks everyday, I have under active theroid, over weight, can

Doctor: Would start with a general practitioner which can be an internist or family practitioner. This person can evaluate you and help you organize your care. Also if referrals need to be made, this person will help coordinate them for you. With a number of insurance plans, it is required that referrals come from a primary care physician which is what these persons are. Do your research. Find a good one. ...Read more

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Is there a leukotriene other than singulair that will not interact badly with maoi (parnate)? I need leukotriene for my asthma. I take maoi (parnate) for chronic depression. Recently became unemployed - no more health insurance. Ca no longer afford singul

Is there a leukotriene other than singulair that will not interact badly with maoi (parnate)? I need leukotriene for my asthma. I take maoi (parnate) for chronic depression. Recently became unemployed - no more health insurance. Ca no longer afford singul

Assistance program: There is another leukotriene pathway medication called zileuton cr, but it is brand-name only and requires monitoring liver function periodically. However, you should ask your doctor about the patient assistance programs through the drug manufacturers that make singulair (montelukast) and/or zileuton. They may help pay for part or all of the cost of the medication depending on your level of need. ...Read more

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Can health anxiety/depression (severe) cause vision/hearing problems, headaches, muscle weakness at the same time? Eyes/ears are constant for weeks.

Can health anxiety/depression (severe) cause vision/hearing problems, headaches, muscle weakness at the same time? Eyes/ears are constant for weeks.

Yes: Depression and anxiety are both linked to somatic symptoms, such as pain, fatigue, weakness, headaches, etc. There are multiple ways to target these symptoms. Talking with your doctor, a counselor or psychologist will give you the best start at identifying changes that need to be made to help relieve these symptoms. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have chronic depression or some other problem?

How do I know if I have chronic depression or some other problem?

Depression: Please make an appointment with your internist for a complete physical examination with appropriate blood tests. Talk with your doctor about how you feel. I'm sure that together, you can find the answer to your question. ...Read more

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Who can I talk to about my chronic depression problem?

Options: I would see your physician so that he or she can evaluate for any medical problems that could be contributing to depression. I also recommend working with a clinical psychologist to help get past depression. Your physician may also recommend psychiatric evaluation if it appears that you may need psychotropic medications. Get help now. ...Read more

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If I have chronic depression and severe sleep problems, can I take trazodone or remeron (mirtazapine) to help? Which is better?

If I have chronic depression and severe sleep problems, can I take trazodone or remeron (mirtazapine) to help? Which is better?

Depends: Trazodone is often used to help people sleep but it is a very weak antidepressant. Remeron (mirtazapine) is a much more effective antidepressant. Make sure your diagnosis is correct, though. Bipolar depression frequently causes severe sleep problems and requires different treatment. A psychiatrist or family physician with an interest in psychiatry can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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I am struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic back pain and insomnia. I want to start taking meds for these problems, should i?

I am struggling with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic back pain and insomnia. I want to start taking meds for these problems, should i?

It would likely help: A psychiatric evaluation would likely result in targeting the depression which if treated effectively can alleviate some or all of the other symptoms. Other things such as psychotherapy, nutrition,
lifestyle changes, and assessing possible addiction issues are important as well. ...Read more

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What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

Exercise: Aerobic exercise will improve blood flow, loosen muscles and joints and improve your mood. Do it to music you like, ideally outside in a pleasant environment. Try swimming, it is low impact, or dancing, or gardening. Make sure you get enough sleep at night and avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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I have had bad breath since I was 10 years old, its chronic how do I stopthis? I have had this problem forever, I am extremely depressed by it, I do not have a social life. I am 21 years old and have never had a boyfriend because I am mortified of speakin

I have had bad breath since I was 10 years old, its chronic how do I stopthis? I have had this problem forever, I am extremely depressed by it, I do not have a social life. I am 21 years old and have never had a boyfriend because I am mortified of speakin

#1See your Dentist: Your dentist needs to do a thorough set of examinations to determine where the problem originates from. It may be years of plaque and tartar buildup or you may need to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. If your dentist determines that your problem is not of dental origin, they may refer you to a physician (internist or otolaryngologist) for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have chronic pain, stiffness, balance ect problem, all medications make me depressed, cry, sick, I mean all......what can I do. Help?

I have chronic pain, stiffness, balance ect problem, all medications make me depressed, cry, sick, I mean all......what can I do. Help?

Try alternatives: Acupuncture or hypnosis or even a herbologist. They have all been shown to help chronic issues in different ways. At the very least, , go to a nutritionist to assess you eating and hydration habits to make sure you are putting the right things into your body! Good luck! ...Read more

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What is depression in our health?

What is depression in our health?

Feeling Good: 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. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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Health deterioration causes depression?

Health deterioration causes depression?

It certainly can!: No one wants to be less than healthy. Add to that the genetic component to major depressive disorder, and the likelyhood of depression rises. ...Read more

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How does depression affect your overall health?

How does depression affect your overall health?

Worsen phys health: Depression can worsen many aspects of physical health. Outcomes in other conditions (incl heart disease, diabetes, inflammatory disorders, obesity, some cancers) may be impacted by depression, yet co-occurring depression is often unrecognized and under- or untreated. Since treatments can work well, it's important to pursue treatment for depression (psychotherapy, meds, or something else) ...Read more

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How get get out of heavy depression because of ill health?

How get get out of heavy depression because of ill health?

Feeling Good: 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. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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How can mental health experts help someone with depression?

How can mental health experts help someone with depression?

Several Ways: You can be assessed to ensure that there is not a medical reason for depression. Depression is a brain illness that causes you to have negative thoughts. Individual therapy can help you recognize and change these thoughts. In some cases, medication may be used to combat the changes depression causes in brain function. If neither of these is helpful, there are more aggressive treatments. ...Read more