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My friend is severely depressed, he takes antidepressants but other than that he doesn't see a psychiatrist. Is there anything I can do to help him?

My friend is severely depressed, he takes antidepressants but other than that he doesn't see a psychiatrist. Is there anything I can do to help him?

Support: You can be an emotional support, but more importantly encourage him to see a psychiatrist and/or therapist or at least see the doctor who prescribed the antidepressant. He may need dose adjusted or another med. Therapy can also help. CBT has been shown to be as beneficial as meds and combo is even better ...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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I don't want to take antidepressants. What should I do about my depression then?

I don't want to take antidepressants. What should I do about my depression then?

Depends upon how: serious is the depression. If you are suicidal, meds may provide relief faster (with supervision) than talk therapy. But talk therapy is very good for depression, with or without meds (in most cases). If the depression is mild, consider herbs (SAM-e, 5 h-t-p, Rhodiola Rosea and St. John's Wort). Even these can have side effects, so consult with your provider. But do get help. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is really depressed and he doesn't want to listen to nobody anymore. he wants to take higher dosage of antidepressants. is it ok?

It's hard to watch: When someone you care about is not well in any way, it is hard to watch them make what you think are bad decisions. I don't think he has the correct idea about dosage - many drugs do not work that way. More is not always able to handle worse symptoms. He needs to see his Dr about this. Never change doses w/out medical direction. It can really be dangerous. But little you can do. Tell him you care. ...Read more

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Why the more i take of my antidepressant, the more depressed i feel?

Did you just start: The medication recently? I would want to know if you are experiencing temporary side effects or if the medication is having a paradoxic effect. Please let your physician (psychiatrist) know so that this can be explored. There isn't a good answer to your question without more detailed assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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Why is it that i get depressed the more i take of my antidepressant?

Ck with ur doctor: You may need a different antidepressant. Not everyone responds the same to medication. One person may do very well on one while another doesn't respond at all. Antidepressants also work better when combined with psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Any explanation for why i get depressed the more i take my antidepressant?

No, but if: You have been on a trial of the medication for a while and your symptoms have worsened then it is very important to let your prescribing provider know. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how come the more i take of my antidepressant, the more depressed i feel?

First question is:: Are you taking the antidepressant as directed? Some people take more than prescribed - thinking it will help them feel better. In those cases, taking too much of the medication can actually make you sick.Don't know which type of antidepressant you are taking or what condition is being treated. Do you have unipolar or bipolar depression? I would encourage you to talk with your psychiatrist/dr. ...Read more

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I'm so depressed at work. Is it bad if I take antidepressants?

I'm so depressed at work. Is it bad if I take antidepressants?

Treat Depression: There are many studies showing that babies do better after birth if mom's depression is treated during pregnancy. Prozac (fluoxetine) and zoloft (fluoextine and sertraline) have been extensively studied in pregnancy and the children of those pregnancies have been followed for years. Definitely talk with a psychiatrist if you can. If your depression is mild, your obstetrician may feel comfortable treating it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Is it possible to stop antidepressant medication in case of chronic depression if i usde to take it for 3 years, and how to?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! depression tx incl. Meds, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral), ect, & inpatient tx. Helpful are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If stopping meds is really important, develop a plan with your doc to step down, incl ways to know if you need to go back on meds (checklists, family sugg go back). ...Read more

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If told am clinically depressed but don't want to take antidepressants, is there something else I can do to increase dopamine & serotonin ?

If told am clinically depressed but don't want to take antidepressants, is there something else I can do to increase dopamine & serotonin ?

Yes: Exercise, good nutrition, fish oil supplements [omega fatty acids], and s-adenosyl methionine supplements [sam] are all natural ways that can help mild to moderate depression. Psychotherapy is also affect for depression, and a discussion with a mental health professional can help guide you in this direction. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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I was wondering what're some good supplements to take for depression when out of antidepressant?

I was wondering what're some good supplements to take for depression when out of antidepressant?

Depression: Supplements like st. John's wort can help mild to moderate depression, but severe depression really needs specialized psychiatric care. Antidepressants are often very helpful, and psychotherapy is essential also. You really cannot substitute supplements for antidepressants; the results are not equivalent. Please contact you doctor and get a refill of your medicines in you're out. ...Read more

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Should I choose to take antidepressants for 6 months for moderate depression or three months is enough (with a lot of improvement )?

Should I choose to take antidepressants for 6 months for moderate depression or three months is enough (with a lot of improvement )?

If there is a: true major depressive disorder (not an adjustment D/O) I usually recommend one year of treatment after the person has a strong medication response. Some Dr's prescribe for 6 to 9 months for a single episode of major depression. 3 months is a risk for major depression. ...Read more

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Every type of antidepressant i take for anxiety and depression makes my anxiety and breathing go wrong can anyone suggest something plz.

Every type of antidepressant i take for anxiety and depression makes my anxiety and breathing go wrong can anyone suggest something plz.

Depression: If antidepressants are making you more anxious, panicky, hyper, or more energized the diagnosis has to be revisited and some calming meds may have to be added. ...Read more

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Does coming off antidepressants cause you to lose it's benefits? Will you gain your anxiety or depression back? If so, why do we take them?

Does coming off antidepressants cause you to lose it's benefits? Will you gain your anxiety or depression back? If so, why do we take them?

It can happen: But not in everyone. Weaning off is an individual decision based upon your psych history, symptoms, family history, etc. If you have trouble weaning off, it's probably not a good idea, but many patients who have resolution of their symptoms are able to do so.
Patients begin the meds because their illness is impairing their social/occupational functioning. ...Read more

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What’s the best way to try and mitigate the effect of feeling depressed from taking trivenz & is there a mild antidepressant that one can take for it?

What’s the best way to try and mitigate the effect of feeling depressed from taking trivenz & is there a mild antidepressant that one can take for it?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression, which are common is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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My internist prescribed me an antidepressant & he said i might need to take it for a lifetime since my depression cld be organic. Is this true?

My internist prescribed me an antidepressant & he said i might need to take it for a lifetime since my depression cld be organic. Is this true?

Not necessarily: All depressions are "organic" to some extent. That is, when a person is clinically depressed there are changes in neurotransmitters, hormones, and other "organic" markers. But, psychotherapy, a wide variety of healthful behaviors, including exercise and learning to stop upsetting yourself with unnecessary negative thoughts and interpretations also change organic markers. So, try new behaviors. ...Read more

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I've had some depression lately and normally i'm quite a happy person. It got so bad that I had thoughts of suicide. Should I take antidepressants?

I've had some depression lately and normally i'm quite a happy person. It got so bad that I had thoughts of suicide. Should I take antidepressants?

Get Evaluation: It sounds like you have seen a change and that you are struggling with your emotions. If you are having thoughts of death, or thoughts of harming/killing yourself, then an evaluation for treatment would be a good step to take. ...Read more

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Antidepressant medication question i'm currently taking wellbutrin for my major depression. I'm also taking trazadone for sleeping. I want to stop taking trazadone, can't sleep anymore. I used to take quetiapine fumarate for years but after blood test,

Antidepressant medication question i'm currently taking wellbutrin for my major depression.  I'm also taking trazadone for sleeping.  I want to stop taking trazadone, can't sleep anymore.  I used to take quetiapine fumarate for years but after blood test,

Sleep medicine doc: You should consult with a sleep medicine doctor. There are over 80 sleep disorders. I am boarded in psychiatry and sleep medicine, so I do both. Twenty percent of people with depression also have sleep apnea, and vice versa. It sometimes takes a team. Your insomnia diagnostic work-up is incomplete unless you have already seen a sleep specialist. Sweet dreams! ...Read more

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How long does Latuda (lurasidone) take to work? Also how is it like an antidepressant for bipolar depression?

How long does Latuda (lurasidone) take to work? Also how is it like an antidepressant for bipolar depression?

Latuda: May take 3 to 4 weeks at an appropriate dose for you to see effects and possible 2 to 3 months to see full effects.
REF: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/Lurasidone ...Read more

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Feeling very depressed for no reason.it's been a year that I do yoga,go to CBT,used to take antidepressants and take a trip but nothing helps.

Multiple solutions: Those things you have done to help- keep doing them! It often takes multiple solutions to help such a problem. You have good habits, keep them up! They will help you.

Take some time to think about or do things you like, such as reading, music or exercise. Spend some time talking to other people, especially happy ones. Avoid pitfalls such as thinking about world problems if you can. ...Read more

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Xanax was prescribed to me to use when needed? I take a antidepressant, paxil (paroxetine). Both were miracle drugs and solved about all depression/anxietyissues

Xanax was prescribed to me to use when needed?  I take a antidepressant, paxil (paroxetine). Both were miracle drugs and solved about all depression/anxietyissues

Not sure of question: Depression/anxiety often go together.Several medications can be used as part of treatment of both problems. Paxil (paroxetine) is a good choice for both problems. Xanax can be appropriate for short term use at low doses for anxiety.However it can easily create tolerance and dependence, so dosing amount and frequency is critical to know.Also, it is important to also use nondrug treatments to manage these issues. ...Read more

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Was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) 10, so afraid to take antidepressants. Severe depression/anxiety.Please advise on this drug the good and bad.Iknoweveryonediff?

The good: It works for both depression and generalized anxiety, has few drug-drug interactions and a mild side effect profile compared with some others. It works as well as any of the other antidepressants. The down side, is a mild chance of tiredness or insomnia (managed by correctly timing the dose), some risk like most of delayed orgasm, mild hand tremor, upset stomach. Overall very well tolerated. ...Read more

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Can birth control help with depression? I do not want to take antidepressants

Can birth control help with depression? I do not want to take antidepressants

If hormone related: Hormone imbalances can contribute to depression and anxiety. If your symptoms are caused by imbalances of estrogen, testosterone or progesterone, birth control pills might help. Hopefully, your thyroid hormones will be checked also. ...Read more

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I have bipolar depression. I take liithium and have for 20 years. What antidepressant is safe and no weight gain?

Some thoughts: There are no guarantees about weight gain with any meds. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is good for atypical depressive symptoms & is associated with weight loss for some. Lexpro is a ssri which is the generally considered the most weight neutral of it's class. Use of lithium would be likely to help protect against flipping into mania or hypomania. Ultimately the best med is a decision for you & your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I Think antipsychotic lowered my dopamine too much and caused depression and lack of enjoyment. What should I take now? Antidepressant? Help!

Discuss with doctor: The symptoms you describe could be side effects from your medication This could require a change in the dosage of your medication or a new medication. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Is there another non addicting antidepressant besides escitalopram 10mg to take for anxiety and mild depression. I am also on clonazepam .5mg?

Is there another non addicting antidepressant besides  escitalopram 10mg to take for anxiety and mild depression. I am also on clonazepam .5mg?

Anxiety & depression: Clonazepam, like all benzodiazepines, is addictive (http://www.drugs.com/clonazepam.html). While it can be used to treat anxiety, we attempt to limit its use in elderly (general statement, not aimed at you!) due to increase risk for confusion, falls & fractures. It can also cause/aggravate depression. Besides SSRI & SNRI drugs, ask about very effective counseling eg cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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I am about to start methadone for a herion addiction. Will it make me tired and depressed? What antidepressants are safe to take while on methadone?

Discuss w/ provider: Fatigue does appear to be a frequent complaint and some mood effects are reported, but not depression (major?) specifically. Most anti-depressants warn about risky interaction w/ Methadone but leave it up to the provider to determine how to deal w/ the issue. So, make certain to have a good conversation w/ your provider and work together on decisions about treatment. You can succeed! Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more


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