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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,559 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's manic depression?

What's manic depression?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Do my symptoms meet criteria for clinical depression? ...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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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

Rare but possible: Rarely, a clinical depressive episode is so severe that low mood is accompanied by psychosis, often seen as a loss of reality with derogating auditory hallucinations, paranoia and sometimes suicidal thoughts. This is treatable, but needs to be dealt with immediately by seeing a psychiatrist. If in danger of harming self or others, then first seek care at the emergency room or call 911. ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Chronic fatigue- social anxiety- depression- help!?

Depression: You first have to rule out medical, thyroid, neurological and sleep related or drug induced causes, if all this has been ruled out then you can start meds and therapy. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Clinical depression is not just feeling sad, it is a pervasive loss of ability to function normally. ...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 psychotic depression lifelong?

Is psychotic depression lifelong?

See below: You're always at risk for re-occurrence of symptoms. If managed well with medication and psychotherapy, you definitely might return to a previous level of functioning. Stay medication compliant; while in remission, you should work on sx awareness and crisis management as well as figuring out what precipitated your sx in a first place. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Maybe: Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant. Many antidepresants including Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause patients who have bipolar disorder or who are prone to symptoms of bipolar, to develop bipolar symptoms. The best way to avoid this is to work with a psychiatrist who can provide meds for both the depressive and the manic symptoms of bipolar moods. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

If you had at least one depressive episode in the past, you are at risk for another. Get help now. ...See more

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I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?

I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?

PostNatal Depression: Because patients' responses to these drugs, singly or in combination, are varied and dependent on each patient's specific condition, it is best to defer to your managing physician who will monitor your condition and response to treatment closely and titrate the doses of these drugs accordingly for optimum effect. Good luck! ...Read more

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What's mental depression?

What's mental depression?

Beyond saddnedss: Period of two weeks where one experiences depressed mood or loss of interest and at least 5 of the following: disturbances in sleep (excessive most often), apathy, withdrawal, isolation, hopelessness, thoughts of death or suicide, lack of energy, impaired concentration, lethargy. Treated best with psychotherapy in combination with antidepressants. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

A depressive episode should be treated with meds for three months. Wean off, to see if treatment should be continued! ...See more

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Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan. ...Read more

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Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and asperger's all mental illnesses?

Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and  asperger's all mental illnesses?

Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Tell doctor asap if depression suddenly flips to high energy, rapid thoughts, fast speech & no sleep. ...See more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Not by definition: It can lead to depression or aggravate an existing depression. They are considered to be two separate disorders but often coexist. It pays to treat sad early on so depression may be averted and if it occurs along with a depression it needs attention directly so depression treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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Depression (Tip)

Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about depression & it's treatment. ...See more