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My daughter(18) is going through depression because she has extracted two of her teeth.
She refuses to eat, talk and come out of her room.
What to do?
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
It depends....: Online chat groups if appropriately moderated can be a helpful tool. I would look to a local hospital or to nami (a national organization dedicated to mental health) for guidance. But the important thing is that chat and support groups are not a substitute for meeting regularly with a therapist and/or their doctor. ...Read more
I feel depressed alot! can I chat with you about it for a second? I feel very worthless most of the time, and i think about suicide and just giving up. But sometimes i'm very happy! can you please help me figure out if i'm depressed or just bi polar?
Get help now: Please get in-person help with a psychiatrist or psychologist for these concerns asap. Your family doctor can help get you started. The way you're thinking about yourself shows un-health, and thoughts of suicide are definitely danger signs. You'll need a full evaluation to determine what's happening and to develop effective plans to help you with it -- we can't do this via healthtap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ask for more details: when you have an initial session they ask about many things: your symptoms, use of substances, appetite, sleep, mood, suicidal thoughts; about your mental health history, health, support network, coping skills, relationships, when it started.. Stressors etc. This helps to establish the severity and to develop a treatment plan. ...Read more
Mental health folks: I'm guessing you've already confided in trusted friends, which can be a good start. There are lots of causes for depression. Mental health professionals are a good resource. Masters level therapists are good at talk therapy. Psychologists may be able to more specifically see a reason and psychiatrists are able to look at medical options including medication if indicated. ...Read more
Exercise : This is one of the most effective things you can do to feel better. Get up and moving! ...Read more
Depression: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer