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How can I help my girlfriend open up to intimacy through her depression?

How can I help my girlfriend open up to intimacy through her depression?

Very difficult: Hopefully is getting medical help & treatrment for her depression. Lack of interest in intimacy is one the signs of depression. Perhaps you could accompany her on her dr's visit, and speak to dr. Otherwise try and be supportive. Try stroking, possible some shoulder massage. She will be very appreciative & loving once she is over the depression. Try to be patient. Good luck. ...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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How does depression affect sexual intimacy?

How does depression affect sexual intimacy?

Absolutely: The loss of interest and drive usually extends to libido. While treatment often helps this symptom, some of the medications might keep the libido down. Discuss with your prescriber as this is not a universal side effect. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is depressed and i would like to help him through it. But he is shutting everyone out including me. I've tried helping him by trying to make him laugh i stuff i know he would laugh at but he won't. I've also tried to get him to open up but he

My boyfriend is depressed and i would like to help him through it. But he is shutting everyone out including me. I've tried helping him by trying to make him laugh i stuff i know he would laugh at but he won't. I've also tried to get him to open up but he

Get him help: He may feel that there is no use in trying to get help. The base thing you can do is to tell him that hope and help are available and that depression is treatable and then get him, if you can, to see his family doctor, a psychiatrist or a therapist that will manage his total treatment plan. Best wishes to the both of you. ...Read more

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Is depression just weakness? How do I deal with it? I always just "plowed through" (never medicated)but it doesn't go away, how do you make it go away

Is depression just weakness? How do I deal with it? I always just "plowed through" (never medicated)but it doesn't go away, how do you make it go away

Not a weakness: Major depressive disorder is not a weakness. It has been proven to run in families, so how can that be a weakness? It's been studied and found to be more common in identical twins when one has it, than in fraternal (non-identical) twins. How could that be a weakness? You have identified in your question, a big problem, which is the stigma of mental illnesses and that they're viewed as weaknesses. ...Read more

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I think I have mild to severe depression and I have anxiety. I have trouble getting help...I can't stick through it. Any advice?? I need help.

I think I have mild to severe depression and I have anxiety. I have trouble getting help...I can't stick through it. Any advice?? I need help.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Doctor has suggested the only way to manage my depression is through ECT , is this really bad, I have t the courage to do this, I am too ashamed ?

Doctor has suggested the only way to manage my depression is through ECT , is this really bad, I have t the courage to do this, I am too ashamed ?

It actually works.: While it sounds like a very drastic step to pursue, the fact is that for the appropriate patient, ECT really, REALLY works. It can cause a dramatic improvement in a patient's symptoms, and quality of life. If it's recommended for you, consider it. Discuss risks and benefits honestly with your provider. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to open up about my depression?

Can you tell me how to open up about my depression?

Remember that: depression is nothing to be ashamed of. Having the courage to be open about it and get treatment is something to be proud of. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What pills will could you help me get through the depression?

What pills will could you help me get through the depression?

To decide which: Pills, you need to meet with a psychiatrist who will make the determination of what type of depression you have and which if any medications are indicated. Often psychotherapy alone can help reduce depression without the need for medication. Other times medication is required. Good luck and let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can help a person through anxiety and depression?

Can i tell me how i can help a person through anxiety and depression?

Encourage your: Friend to start with a medical evaluation by a physician. A doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of depressive symptoms. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. Here are some >. ...Read more

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How can I get through this day and tomorrow with such severe depression?

How can I get through this day and tomorrow with such severe depression?

See that you are: diagnosed w PTSD, MDD & anxiety. Treatment options include medications (antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics & mood stabilizers), microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) /cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS),cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, exercise, healthy nutrition, acupuncture, phototherapy, etc. ...Read more

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