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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,492 doctors shared insights

Depression (Overview)

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 medical attention is required.


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What are symptoms for depression?

What are symptoms for depression?

Depressive symptoms: Symptoms of depression can include: feeling sad, irritable or angry. There can be a decrease in sex drive. Energy level & motivation levels may drop. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep may increase or decrease. Weight can change in relation to increase or decrease in appetite. Concentration or memory may decline. There can be an absence of joy as well as >>>. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,492 doctors shared insights

Depression (Overview)

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 medical attention is required.


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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...See more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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What are complications of depression on your life?

What are complications of depression on your life?

Many impairments: Depression can complicate & impair your life in many ways. It can be hard to work, care for your kids, or be a good spouse or friend. It's hard to enjoy anything. It can lead to suicide or other self-harm. Physical illness is more likely. Concentration and memory can suffer. Pessimism can make you hopeless and give up. Please seek help if depressed! ...Read more

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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...See more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Basically yes: But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently. Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why. ...Read more

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How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

Worry: Depression puts everyone on edge. Something seems to be wrong, but what it is is not clear. This leads to worry. For kids especially the worry inevitably (really) leads to the thought that they might be the cause. So, reassurance that that is not the case is important. Also support, if you are not able to be as supportive all the time, make sure that others can fill in. ...Read more

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