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I'm not happy at work. Am I depressed?

I'm not happy at work. Am I depressed?

Work problems only: If you're unhappy at work but happy everywhere else you are probably not clinically depressed. Instead, you're not happy at work for some reason(s). Determining why you're unhappy at work is the first step. Perhaps you're not challenged or are bored. Perhaps you're experiencing a conflict with a co-worker. Figure this out and then make a plan to remedy the situation. ...Read more

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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Can you tell me how to stay happy after being depressed?

Can you tell me how to stay happy after being depressed?

Change your approach: There are a number of actions that you can take to increase your happiness. In addition to seeing a psychotherapist, you might also get a book on happiness--"the how of happiness" is a good one, but there are others. Setting goals, striving, appreciating what you have and the good things that are coming your way, being generous to others with your time, learning something new might also help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stay happy and not get depression again?

Can you tell me how to stay happy and not get depression again?

Healthy lifestyle &: Balance. There are some people who get endogenouse depression — this migh recur even w healthy lifestyle. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic exercise is a big +. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book' by Dr. David Burns. ...Read more

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Can i still be in depression even if I have my (few) happy moments?

Can i still be in depression even if I have my (few) happy moments?

Yes: People who are clinically depressed can still experience "good days". Clinical depression is diagnosed from a list of symptoms that lasts at least a 2-week period. Please see a psychiatrist or your primary care physician for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the secret to curing depression and being happy?

Help please? What is the secret to curing depression and being happy?

Depression: To be able to understand oneself, have an understanding self-voice, empathy and compassion for others, meaning in one's work and activities and good self care. Best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some signs of depression and how do change to become happy?

Can you tell me some signs of depression and how do change to become happy?

Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. There are many
things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours. ...Read more

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I never smile anymore. No one thing makes me happy. Am I just a realist or depressed?

I never smile anymore. No one thing makes me happy. Am I just a realist or depressed?

Depression likely: It is likely that you are depressed. Lack of pleasure, anhedonia, is a characteristic feature of depression. There are effective treatments for this condition and you should consult your doctor at the earliest. ...Read more

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What are good ways for me to find purpose in life again and feel genuinely happy instead of depressed?

What are good ways for me to find purpose in life again and feel genuinely happy instead of depressed?

Get help: You sound very depressed. You should contact a psychiatrist who may prescribe medication to help and a psychologist who may be able to give you counseling to reorient your approach to life. ...Read more

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I've been feeling really happy and then the slightest thing can make me angry and depressed. Help please?

I've been feeling really happy and then the slightest thing can make me angry and depressed. Help please?

How long?: No individual advice — consult a professional. In general, it is normal not to feel the same all the time, but extreme mood swings if they last very long or cycle can be a consequence of medical or psychiatric disorders. Some individuals may have what we call smiling depressions, or other mays reflect rapid or more slowly cyclic mood disorder. Consult a psychiatrist or psychologist or your doc. ...Read more

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I think I am depressed, could someone give me some tips on being happy again? Only happy when I travel fancy places.

I think I am depressed, could someone give me some tips on being happy again? Only happy when I travel fancy places.

Check your values: Most of us enjoy treats and luxuries, however, daily life should also be valued for deep satisfaction. Re-evaluate your values and reflect upon your life. You may need some counseling for depression. ...Read more

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I can feel my depression coming back, I haven’t been happy in a few weeks, how can I best get help to deal with this?

I can feel my depression coming back, I haven’t been happy in a few weeks, how can I best get help to deal with this?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I use to be so miserable, depressed and upset. But I think I know how to be happy. Enjoy the journey?

What do you suggest if I use to be so miserable, depressed and upset. But I think I know how to be happy. Enjoy the journey?

One thing about: Depression — it allows you to put happiness into perspective. By all means — enjoy and celebrate feeling good. Continue to do the things that keep you in a good place. Take care. ...Read more

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I feel depressed and hopeless. Hopeless about future. I feel I will never be able to lead a happy life. It's bothering me. Please help?

I feel depressed and hopeless. Hopeless about future. I feel I will never be able to lead a happy life. It's bothering me. Please help?

Depression: Sounds very distressing and serious. Please see a psychiatrist (because medication may help) and do get psychotherapy to help. .
Until then keep in mind that hopelessness is a truly wrong position Everything changes with time, especially when you take steps to get better. I have seen many people who had no hope but really did get better. I believe you can too. Don't go alone and get help right awa ...Read more

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I have very bad depression, but at times, I will feel perfectly normal and happy. I will be very energetic as well. Could this be mania?

I have very bad depression, but at times, I will feel perfectly normal and happy. I will be very energetic as well. Could this be mania?

Maybe- maybe not: Feeling perfectly normal and happy is not mania. Mania involves extremely high energy levels, rapid thoughts, flight of ideas, increased impulsivity, irritable or elevated mood, etc. Neither hypomania nor mania are just a pleasant happy state. Your psychiatrist would be able to assess your further. ...Read more

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I experience extreme mood shifts. Sometimes, I feel happy and motivated and at other times, I feel very depressed within hours. Please help me.?

I experience extreme mood shifts. Sometimes, I feel happy and motivated and at other times, I feel very depressed within hours. Please help me.?

See your doctor: Mood shifts or mood swings can have many causes. These can range from hormone imbalances, metabolic disorders (like blood sugar issues), medication side effects, or psychological issues. Before getting a treatment (or online help) one must first confirm the cause of the mood issues. See your doctor first to find the cause, then seek help from your doctor, or other trusted sources. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression? I've been getting upset a lot more lately. For example, I'll be happy one moment then the next I'm upset. Help?

How do I know if I have depression? I've been getting upset a lot more lately. For example, I'll be happy one moment then the next I'm upset. Help?

See your physician: Your physician can discuss your history of symptoms in detail to determine whether you qualify for a diagnosis of depression. He/she can also rule out any medical causes for the way that you feel. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/depression.html ...Read more

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I am not a happy person. No matter what I get or what I do I never feel good for long time. Is it symptoms of depression? Any medicines which can help?

I am not a happy person. No matter what I get or what I do I never feel good for long time. Is it symptoms of depression? Any medicines which can help?

?Depression?: The best way to determine if you have depression is to meet with a physician who can properly ask you pertinent questions about your overall mental, physical and family health. Depression is a serious medical condition and can have serious health consequences if left untreated. Please seek the care of a knowledgeable physician immediately. ...Read more

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I have really bad depression and anxiety disorde my grades are dropping and I can't find happiness anywhere I even can't go outside! Can I be happy again?

I have really bad depression and anxiety disorde my grades are dropping and I can't find happiness anywhere I even can't go outside! Can I be happy again?

Happiness is: Possible. I imagine that you are already in some form of treatment since you know your diagnoses. Psychiatric medications are often helpful. Talking therapy to include Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle ...Read more

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I am suffering from depression, how to overcome it and be happy?

I am suffering from depression, how to overcome it and be happy?

Depression: Individual and group psychotherapy are very effective in treating depression. Ask your doctor for a referral and for a physical to make sure there are no medical issues affecting your mood. Best. ...Read more

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I feel depressed and am never going to be happy, what hope is there for me?

I feel depressed and am never going to be happy, what hope is there for me?

Depression: Although you feel hopeless right now, there actually is help for people who are depressed. A combination of psychotherapy and possibly medications can be very effective. Please see your primary care doctor first for a full history and physical, to make sure no additional conditions are going on. Avoid alcohol and other intoxicants. Get regular aerobic exercise. See a psychiatrist for eval too. ...Read more

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How does depression work? Less of the happy chemicals because you are sad?

Often - yes: Some times we feel sad in response to things in our life. But sometimes a person can get stuck being down with impairment in other areas of life. This has to do with brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine. So — an imbalance of neurochemicals can be a big part of the problem. ...Read more

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I'm depressed think I need anti depressants I've not been that happy person I used to be?

I'm depressed think I need anti depressants I've not been that happy person I used to be?

Depressed: Could be. Depends on how long you have been depressed. Other things to try include exercise, contact and get regular sunshine. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not feel happy. I'm depressed and its starting to effect my ability to do things.?

What to do if I do not feel happy. I'm depressed and its starting to effect my ability to do things.?

Call a therapist: Call and make an appointment with a therapist. You can also speak to a hot line like the good samaritans hot line until you can see a therapist. Consider seeing a psychiatrist as well and start on medication to relieve some depression as yoiu begin to work with a therapist in talk therapy. It will get better, good luck. ...Read more

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I've Been Crying Every Night and I don't know if I should get prescribed happy pills to help with my depression.

Meds can help: If you are crying every night then you need to see your doctor for an evaluation. The things that can help with depression are medications, counseling and exercise. The more of these you do the more likely you are to have a full recovery. If you feel suicidal go to the Emergency Room immediately for an evaluation and assistance. I hope you get some relief soon. ...Read more

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What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

What interpret feelings of depression and joy at the same time and sense of loss of control and attempted suicide?

Painful: Above all this sounds painful, and is something a psychiatrist could help you with. Bipolar disorder in a "mixed" episode could match this description. . . . Or use of certain substances as well. Please get yourself in to see a psychiatrist asap since you say you've attempted suicide! You can be seen in an emergency room if you still feel that way. ...Read more

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Trying to be more happy. I've read that snoring can cause depression, im a big snorer. What else can cause depression?

Trying to be more happy. I've read that snoring can cause depression, im a big snorer. What else can cause depression?

Need a sleep test?: Obstructive sleep apnea, characterized by snoring, gasping, sleep deprivation and anatomical "asphyxiation" can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and depression by robbing the brain of needed oxygen and deep sleep. Chronic fatigue can lead to depression and death (sleep @ the wheel?). Get a sleep test asap. I have referred your query to dr. Ali for other causes of depression. ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more


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