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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

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


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Do you recommend any online chats or support groups for teens with depression?

Do you recommend any online chats or support groups for teens with depression?

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

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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?

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 more

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When you speak to a councillor about depression, what do they ask you?

When you speak to a councillor about depression, what do they ask you?

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

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Who can I talk to for help for depression?

Who can I talk to for help for depression?

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

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Who can I talk to about my mental health (depression)?

Several choices: Psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, family doctors, internists, and clergy. ...Read more

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I have nobody to talk to about my depression, what do I do?

I have nobody to talk to about my depression, what do I do?

Exercise : This is one of the most effective things you can do to feel better. Get up and moving! ...Read more

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I think i'm suffering from depression. Who should I talk to?

I think i'm suffering from depression. Who should I talk to?

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 more

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What do you advise if i want to talk to someone about my depression?

What do you advise if i want to talk to someone about my depression?

Call a doctor: Contact your pcp or a psychiatrist in your community. Depression is a common but serious illness and you should be evaluated by a professional. There are numerous treatment options including therapy and medications and a doctor can help you find the best option for you. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's someone i can talk to about my depression?

Help! need to know if there's someone i can talk to about my depression?

Consider...: Talking with a pastoral counselor, a counselor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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