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How long does the side effects lasts for fluoxetine 20mg? I've been taking it once a day for 2 days now. I take it for clinical depression & bpd.

How long does the side effects lasts for fluoxetine 20mg? I've been taking it once a day for 2 days now. I take it for clinical depression & bpd.

Borderline PD?: Fluoxetine is a very long-acting medication -- its half-life is 70 hours and that of its main metabolite, norfluoxetine, is 330 hours. This means it will take several weeks to reach steady-state in your system, and that any side effects could take at least a couple of weeks to dissipate. Fluoxetine is usually well-tolerated and can help both depression and aggression common in bordeline pd. ...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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I've been treated for clinical depression. Why do I still lie in bed all day long?

I've been treated for clinical depression. Why do I still lie in bed all day long?

How effectively: You say you've been treated for depression, but I wonder how effective it was, and also, was it only medication that was used to treat you? The best approach is a combination is medication and therapy. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it normally take existential depression to turn into clinical depression?

How long is it supposed to it normally take existential depression to turn into clinical depression?

Depression is: I would like you to discuss every variant of depression with a good psychiatrist. Who knows? Sometimes an existential depression may turn into a more serious form without obvious signs (for the person suffering it). Every depressive feeling deserves to be at least talked about. This always helps, with all kinds of depressions. ...Read more

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I suffer from clinical depression it seems to help my depression i take it alone how long can I take it?

I suffer from clinical depression it seems to help my depression i take it alone   how long can I take it?

???: I'm sorry, but i don't understand your message. You say "it" seems to help your depression, you take "it" alone, and ask how long you can take "it"? What is the "it"? Sounds like you need to see your psychiatrist for help with your depression, especially if you have questions about your medicine or any other help available to you. ...Read more

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How long is too long to have PPD and does it fall under clinical depression?

How long is too long to have PPD and does it fall under clinical depression?

Most physicians: Most doctors view post-partum as a clinical depression lasting from birth to 6 months post delivery. After 6 months and up to 1 year though is not uncommon for these symptoms to correct. After 1 year it is most likely a Major depression. ...Read more

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How common is clinical depression?

How common is clinical depression?

Very common: About 1 out of every 9 people are clinically depressed and about 1/3 of all people have an episode of depression during their life. ...Read more

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How to know if I have clinical depression?

How to know if I have clinical depression?

Seek psychiatric: 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. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is clinical depression?

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

Biological Problem: The term "clinical depression" is usually understood to mean a set of symptoms that are thought to be related to changes or problems in brain chemistry. Therefore, clinical or major depression is largely considered to be a physical or biological problem. However, it is clear that environmental factors can either worsen or improve depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Yes: Depression is the result of biopsychosocial factors. Genetics, environment, and your own temperament all play a role. ...Read more

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Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Yes : It may take awhile to find treatments that work sustainably for you, but please don't lose hope. Psychiatrists know many medications, and combining/augmenting them may arrive at a regimen that truly benefits you. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment, and increases effectiveness substantially. There are also transcranial magnetic stimulation, ect, and still other possibilities. ...Read more

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I would like help with my clinical depression?

I would like help with my clinical depression?

Consider seeing a: Psychiatrist, psychologist or your doctor can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing 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 stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of. ...Read more

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Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Yes, but...: Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients. ...Read more

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Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Possibly: Mild to moderate depression can sometimes be treated successfully without psychiatric medications. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with clinical depression?

How can I help someone with clinical depression?

Support, Encourage: The best way to help someone with depression is to simply make sure they know that you care. Look for ways to support and encourage him/her, and also encourage this person to seek out appropriate help. You can also encourage him/her to take care of personal health through diet, exercise, sleep, and consistent routines. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more