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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Overview)

Depression is a condition in which one has persistently low mood and an inability to enjoy previously pleasurable activities. Depression can be accompanied by changes in sleep and appetite, feelings of worthlessness, withdrawal from normal activities, and thoughts of suicide.


Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Board Certified, Psychiatry
11 years in practice
167K people helped
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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Board Certified, Psychiatry
11 years in practice
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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Overview)

Depression is a condition in which one has persistently low mood and an inability to enjoy previously pleasurable activities. Depression can be accompanied by changes in sleep and appetite, feelings of worthlessness, withdrawal from normal activities, and thoughts of suicide.


Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
737K people helped
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How does depression affect your family and how do you deal with it?

Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
737K people helped
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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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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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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
177M people helped
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Is a symptom of depression not being able to put up with the company of contented happy individuals?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
177M people helped

Depression?: One of many neurovegetative symptoms of depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Shashank Jain
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
276K people helped
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Can brain cancer cause these symptoms?depression/poor memory/balance problems/dizzy/severe fatigue/body jerks/weakness/head pressure

Dr. Shashank Jain
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
276K people helped
Can brain cancer cause these symptoms?depression/poor memory/balance problems/dizzy/severe fatigue/body jerks/weakness/head pressure

Yes: Yes it can, not specifically tho. Brain mass causes different symptoms based on where its located. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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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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Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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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.
Daily
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
19M people helped
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What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
19M people helped

Not happy: Absence of happiness is ahedonia. This is common in young depressed pts. Irritability, aggressiveness, being withdrawn, oppositionality, tantruming, sleep disruption, poor eating, and sadness. If you suspect your child has depression, see your pediatrician for medical evaluation & referral if necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. William Holmes
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
29 years in practice
1M people helped
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I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

Dr. William Holmes
Board Certified, Child Psychiatry
29 years in practice
1M people helped
I work really hard to help my kids stay active and eat right. Now one has a diagnosis of depression. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect overall health?

Encourage, Support: Make sure that your child has an environment of encouragement and support. Be aware of conflict in the child's life that would contribute to depression. Be sure your child receives adequate treatment. ...Read more

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