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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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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 >>>.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,567 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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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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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!

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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 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.

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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.

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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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Can brain cancer cause these symptoms?depression/poor memory/balance problems/dizzy/severe fatigue/body jerks/weakness/head pressure

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.

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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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What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

What are the signs of depressions in kids under 5 years old?

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.

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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?

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.

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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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How would you diagnose depression by what?

How would you diagnose depression by what?

By hx & exam: History & mental status exam no accurate lab tests available.

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Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Why is poor grooming part of the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia? Is it different from poor grooming found in other disorders like depression?

Poor grooming: Along with delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech & behavior, and negative symptoms like affective flattening, part of the criteria for schizophrenia include social/occupational dysfunction. Self-care can be part of this, and lack of it can show in poor grooming. Depressed people may also have poor self-care and/or grooming, but their overall symptom picture differs from schizophrenia.

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Depression (Tip)

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