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Five years ago, I was suffering from depression, and took Paroxetine for about half a year, then recovery. A month ago, it seem to relapse, but is not serious. I have take Lumiday for two weeks, it is useful for me. Now I have a question. Can I take Lu

Five years ago, I was suffering from depression,  and took  Paroxetine for about half a year,  then recovery.
A month ago, it seem to relapse, but is not serious. I have take Lumiday for two weeks, it is useful for me. Now I have a question.
Can I take Lu

Daily? No proof: Lumiday is a dietary supplement marketed in States for natural mood enhancement. However, unlike prescription & OTC medications, there is no requirement to prove safety & effectiveness prior to selling product. So your guess is as good as mine. Better yet, go see your Family Doc or whoever prescribed Paroxetine 5yrs ago. Ask for referral for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is as good as drugs ...Read more

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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 do I know if i'm suffering from depression? I feel sad, anxious, and lonely. Can't sleep well, it takes me forever to fall asleep and i wake up in the middle of my sleep. I cry for no reason and feel like no one understands.

How do I know if i'm suffering from depression? I feel sad, anxious, and lonely. Can't sleep well, it takes me forever to fall asleep and i wake up in the middle of my sleep. I cry for no reason and feel like no one understands.

Depression symptoms: Symptoms of depression include: a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, sadness, poor motivation, irritabiliy and an impaired ability to function. It is best to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation. Medical causes should also be ruled out to obtain an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am suffering from depression?

How to tell if I am suffering from depression?

Depression sx can: Include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts about death or suicide. Obtain psychiatric eval to know. ...Read more

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How do I know if am suffering from depression?

How do I know if am suffering from depression?

Change in function: Depression is diagnosed on the basis of specific signs & symptoms, starting with persistent low or irritable mood, marked changes in sleep and appetite (increased or decreased), fatigue, and maybe thoughts of self-harm. If you have several such symptoms, start with your physician to see if there's a physical cause or if you'd benefit from an assessment for depression. It's highly treatable! ...Read more

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What can I do if I'm suffering with depression?

What can I do if I'm suffering with depression?

Are you in therapy?: Are you in therapy? If not, call a professional. You may need to consider medication. You need to be speaking with a professional & considering a trial on medication. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am suffering from depression?

How do I know if I am suffering from depression?

Depression: Neurovegetative signs & symptoms, such as sad affect, lack of energy, lack of interests, thoughts of harm, changes in appetite & sleep, despair. ...Read more

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I'm suffering depression and don't know what to do?

I'm suffering depression and don't know what to do?

Start w your Dr to: Assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of your symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm suffering from depression?

What do you advise if I'm suffering from depression?

Dr can assess for: mood disorder & underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psych meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily exercise is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more

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How can I help my friend who is suffering depression?

How can I help my friend who is suffering depression?

Encourage them to: Encourage them to find a good therapist and make sure they do. Invite them to go out to events. Talk to them on the phone. Do things that make them laugh. Go on brisk walks with them or exercise together. Listen to them and if you do not know how to help them explain that that is why they need a good therapist in addition to friends like you. They are lucky to have you! ...Read more

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I feel like i'm suffering from depression what do I do?

I feel like i'm suffering from depression what do I do?

Encourage you: To seek out evaluation by your primary care provider who can help to make diagnosis and search for underlying medical problems. Depression can be addressed with psychological services such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychiatric interventions with medication can also be beneficial. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person suffering from depression?

What are the chances of a person suffering from depression?

Depression: Globally 350 million people suffer from depression and one in ten americans say they suffer from this difficulty so it is certainly not rare. Best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I'm suffering from depression?

Can you tell me how to know if I'm suffering from depression?

Medical eval.: Depression sx’s can Include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive & energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite & weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory & self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell that i'm suffering with depression?

How would i be able to tell that i'm suffering with depression?

If you have a: Low, angry or irritable mood that can occur w depression. Major depression is usually accompanied by additional symptoms such as sleeping too much or too little. Changes in appetite or weight. Drop in energy level, sex drive or motivation in general. An absence of joy & drop in self -esteem. If you think you might have depression please see your dr or a mental health provider for eval & help. ...Read more

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My husband is suffering from depression how can dr diagonose this?

My husband is suffering from depression how can dr diagonose this?

Several symptoms: Depressed mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in life activities for at least 2 weeks and at least five of the following symptoms 1. Depressed mood most of the day. 2. Diminished interests 3. Significant weight loss or gain. 4. Insomnia or sleeping too much. 5. Agitation or psychomotor retardation 6. Fatigue 7. Guilt. 8. Poor concentration 9. Suicidal ideation. ...Read more

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Can you suggest how to get food down while suffering from depression?

Can you suggest how to get food down while suffering from depression?

Options: If your depression is severe enough that you are losing a lot of weight and cannot eat much, you should see your doctor. Antidepressant medication can take some time to take affect. Drinking ensure/ boost supplement shakes will help give you some calories or even a milkshake. There are also some medications (even antidepressants) that can increase your appetite. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm suffering from depression. I want to leave everything.?

What to do if i'm suffering from depression. I want to leave everything.?

If you are having: Thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services ; they can provide transport. When a person is depressed they often feel despair ; come to believe that things can't get better. But there is hope. Allow others to provide you w support ; to help you see the other options that. ...Read more

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What causes a person suffering from depression push their loved ones away?

What causes a person suffering from depression push their loved ones away?

Negative thoughts : It is a double edged sword , depression leads to all thoughts being negative and a pervasive sense of unhappiness is projected most on the environment around you and relationship that you interact most with. On the other side it is " very difficult to be with some one who is impossible to please because he depression. ...Read more

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How do i know if im suffering from depression? Is thr any telltale signs?

How do i know if im suffering from depression? Is thr any telltale signs?

Depression: Vegetative signs & symptoms such as changes in sleep/appetite/energy level, along with sadness/hopelessness/despair. ...Read more

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If you are suffering from depression, will they let you out of the military?

If you are suffering from depression, will they let you out of the military?

Sounds like you want: To leave the military by the way you worded your question. The diagnosis alone does not mean that you need limited duty or a physical evaluation board. It depends on the severity of symptoms. How you respond to treatment. If it effects function. Many individuals with well controlled depression are deployed into combat zones. On the other hand, severe psychotic depression may end up with a board.>. ...Read more

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