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I've had crazy side effects coming off lexapro- crazy dreams, mood swings, is this depression again?

I've had crazy side effects coming off lexapro- crazy dreams, mood swings, is this depression again?

Not necessarily: Going on and coming off of antidepressant can have consequences. Going on can result in a brief period of dreams or nightmares that clears quickly. Coming off of antidepressants can have a resurgence of the dreaming which goes away, but true withdrawal symptoms can also occur. If depression shows up after you have been off of the antidepressant, most likely it's a return of your depression. ...Read more

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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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Help docs, is having mood swings a part of my depression?

Could be: Mood swings, especially lower mood (sadness, depression) are common with Depressive Disorder. However, if the mood swings are in an upward direction (agitation, anger, mania) it is likely to represent a bipolar condition to discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Are there any good OTC meds to help with mood swings or depression?

Are there any good OTC meds to help with mood swings or depression?

Depends: Currently there is no miracle over the counter for depression. St. John's wort was previously thought to be effective, but hasn't been consistently proven. Also, dosages in over the counter preparations can be very variable since they're not regulated. If you are vitamin deficient(d, b12), or omega-3 deficient ("good fats"), you may or may not feel better by supplementing. ...Read more

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Why do I have dramatic and sudden mood swings and severe depression?

This can't be: diagnosed without a thorough psychiatric evaluation. Your symptoms suggest a mood disorder. Would encourage prompt assessment. ...Read more

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Bad mood swings and bad depression after my dog passes away is that normal?

Bad mood swings and bad depression after my dog passes away is that normal?

Very normal: It is normal to have that sort of reaction from such a traumatic event. It takes time to grieve and people do it in different ways. ...Read more

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Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxious Depression?: Or maybe a bipolar type of anxious depression? Is this a new problem? Is there loss of energy, drive and motivation? Are the mood swings random or are they caused by stress you can identify? Severe anxiety alone can cause most of those symptoms. Concentration is generally not good in anxiety and depression. Talk to your physician or see a counselor for an evaluation. They can help you solve it. ...Read more

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Severe mood swings, anger and depression. Where can I get help?

Depends: Micronutrient deficiencies or neurotransmitter imbalances can play a part in mood. An integrative medicine doctor or nd can help sort that out. Neurofeedback can train your brain to work better. A psychiatrist can figure out prescription meds to help until other measures kick in. Therapy can also help. http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/cbtstep1.htm. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have depression or just one of those bad days or mood swings?

Depressive episode: In order to qualify for "major depressive disorder", which is a psychiatric illness rather than having a "bad day", you must first meet diagnostic criteria for depressive episode. By definition, it should last for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Recently a lot of people have said that I have changed, I have mood swings don't treat people how i usually do, . Could this be depression?

Recently a lot of people have said that I have changed, I have mood swings don't treat  people how i usually do, . Could this  be depression?

Maybe: "mood swings" come in many types, and for many reasons. It could be depression, it could be a medical issue, it could even be a side effect of a medicine (or recreational drug) you're already taking. If you or loved ones are concerned, it's best to have an in-person evaluation by a mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, etc). Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more