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Clinical Depression Vs Chronic Depression
Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?
Not everyone: I recommend mbsr training to many of my patients. Recommendations are very individual, since severely depressed people may not be able to attend well to the process, or silent meditation may result in losing one's self in self-deprecating/negative thinking. Moderate depression is quite different though -- there is even mindfulness-based cbt for depression. Mbsr can be very helpful in anxiety!See 1 more doctor answer
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
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional.
Bio, psycho, social: The causes of depression arise from biology, psychology, and social factors. Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of depression utilizes all three of these areas. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exercise and avoiding trigger foods, taking meds? Are you keeping your psychology in check with therapy and mental training? Are you getting social enough? Work em all!
But at what cost?: We can't say it couldn't happen. But u might ask the same about a gaping wound: u might decide 2let the wound heal by itself, but if u have access 2any medical care, why take the chance? Depression leaves us feeling like we have no gas in our tank. Everything can feel like too much work. U may feel cranky w/everyone. The future can seem bleak, joyless. "things do not change; we change." - thoreau.See 1 more doctor answer
Med eval: You can start with your primary care provider who can evaluate for any underlying medical causes. He or she may wish to refer you to see a psychologist &/or a psychiatrist for more comprehensive assesment and treatment.
Symptom or disorder: You can be depressed over something that is happening in your life and it will last for a day or a week. That is not clinical or major depression. Chronic depression or major depression last for more than 2 weeks and generally much longer than that with only brief periods of relief. That kind of depression needs professional treatment. See your md, or a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Sadness all the time: Chronic depression can be diagnosed by your primary care doctor. Many use a questionaire called the phq-9 and a psychiatric family history. Symptoms: fatigue, poor sleep, appetite change, low mood, feel like a failure, no interest in fun, suicidal thoughts. Physical causes: anemia, underactive thyroid, vitamin deficiency, alchohol, drugs best treatment: cognitive behavioral therapy, medication, or both.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: My patients who have made the best recoveries have had combination therapy. A number of them attend talking therapy, receive psychotropic medications & use acupuncture.
Try Kelee meditation: I would recommend checking out kelee meditation (www. Thekelee. Org). I have been doing this meditation for 7 years and it was very helpful in quieting the negative brain chatter associated with my own stress, anxiety and depression. I just finished a medical study using kelee meditation for stress, anxiety, and depression in patients with significant improvements. Check it out!
Common language?: It sounds like your question uses some common language to describe a specific disorder. Depression (really major depression) can be determined to be a single episode (with no prior history of these symptoms). Chronic depression is characterized by multiple episodes or called major depression, recurrent).See 1 more doctor answer
Try an online screen: Http://www. Mentalhealthamerica. Net/llw/depression_screen. Cfm.Get a more detailed answer ›
Reflection needed: Doubtful that there is a universal answer for this. This is a personal decision which should be made with careful reflection and may depend on other support, severity of depression, and other risks. Depression can usually be treated with combinations of medication and therapy, but there are also new treatments. Talking to a good psychologist/psychiatrist and exploring the anxiety WB wise.See 2 more doctor answers
Depression: Sure it is. You can address your own feelings & thoughts & actions.
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