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How long is it supposed to it take for a person with severe depression, heal or cured?

How long is it supposed to it take for a person with severe depression, heal or cured?

That is variable: I have some patients who don't want to let go of their depression and are not willing to work toward their happiness. The severity of the depression, the effectiveness of the treatment and the committment of the patient are three factors that determine the speed toward wellness. ...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 someone tell me how long will i suffer from severe depression after taking tri-sprintec?

Can someone tell me how long will i suffer from severe depression after taking tri-sprintec?

You shouldn't be: If you're now suffering from severe depression and have just started a new medication, please call the doctor who prescribed it. Oral contraceptives can bring on depression in some women, and your gyn physician can work with you to find one that works better for you. If suicidal, seek help immediately -- from your doctor, an er, 911, or suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-talk. ...Read more

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I have severe depression for last 8 mos. SNRI drugs are not working, what conditions can be causing my depression, what should i get tested for?

I have severe depression for last 8 mos. SNRI drugs are not working, what conditions can be causing my depression, what should i get tested for?

See your doctor : Depression not responding to an SNRI requires careful evaluation. Lab test to rule out thyroid dysfunction is important. Your doctor may switch to another class of antidepressant. Another option is augmentation with lithium or antipsychotic such as Abilify (aripiprazole). Treatment resistant depression could be undiagnosed Bipolar depression. Talk to your doctor who knows your history. Avoid use of alcohol. ...Read more

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I am 28f.i am suffering from severe depression of illness.is it good to use homeopathy for this? i heard depression will be life long . is it true?

I am 28f.i am suffering from severe depression of illness.is it good to use homeopathy for this? i heard depression will be life long . is it true?

Seek treatment: Depression is a complex multifactorial illness. People experience it in unique ways and there are no absolutes. Just because you are experiencing one episode does not mean you will suffer lifelong. The best place to start is to seek out a mental health professional. The best treatments involve a combination of psychotherapy and medications. If you are feeling suicidal seek help immediately. ...Read more

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Since i got my injury (multi disc disease and cut in shoulder cartilage)due to heavy lifting, im facing severe depression as i can no longer go to gym?

Since i got my injury (multi disc disease and cut in shoulder cartilage)due to heavy lifting, im facing severe depression as i can no longer go to gym?

Always a way to Gym: I understand that you feel you can't work out anymore. But that's probably not true. There's always some little bit you can do. Find a trainer who is well versed in working with injured or recently surgerized patients and they will slowly bring you back. You'll see. Not as bad as you think. If you want to get back to the gym...believe me you can. Just make the necessary modifications and slow. ...Read more

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I am on the verge of suicide, it seems the only option left i was diagnosed with severe depression last year, but its obviously something else, i got?

I am on the verge of suicide, it seems the only option left

i was diagnosed with severe depression last year, but its obviously something else, i got?

Eval: Some people with severe depression do become suicidal. If there has been some change in symptoms or you believe that more is going on, recommend a comprehensive medical evaluation & psychological assessment. Regardless if there is one or more conditions - it important that you are getting help. Take care. ...Read more

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Can eating an excess of "fatty" foods over long periods of time cause severe depression?

Can eating an excess of "fatty" foods over long periods of time cause severe depression?

It can: A diet which is mainly made up of fatty foods can cause depression. Fatty foods are usually not very nutrient rich compared to a healthy diet. A nutrient deficiency in vitamin b and omega 3 can cause depression. Depending on the type of foods that you are eating, they can also offset your blood sugar which can cause depression or mood fluctuations. ...Read more

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What do I do? I am still constantly struggling with mood changes, periods of severe depression which lasts for days. Help?

What do I do? I am still constantly struggling with mood changes, periods of severe depression which lasts for days. Help?

Gotten help yet?: If the answer is no then start with a medical evaluation with a psychiatrist or your physician to assess for a formal mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Consider working with a psychologist for talking therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Quick question can postnatal depression turn into severe depression im bein treated for the last 10 months see my doc every 4weeks but i feel so bad?

Quick question can postnatal depression turn into severe depression im bein treated for the last 10 months see my doc every 4weeks but i feel so bad?

Yes it can: Yes, post-partum depression can worsen -- into severe depression. I hope you are seeing a psychiatrist experienced in these disorders. You may need adjustments or changes in your medicine, plus also being sure you're working in psychotherapy. If there are issues at home that aren't being addressed, depression will worsen also. Please tell your doctor what's happening with you. ...Read more

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Welbutrin300&buspar30 4 severe depression&anxiety 4 1yr, didn't want meds that affect libido but now they no longer work.wat others don't afect libido?

Welbutrin300&buspar30 4 severe depression&anxiety 4 1yr, didn't want meds that affect libido but now they no longer work.wat others don't afect libido?

Talk to doctor: Try tapering Buspar (buspirone) which has been found to cause restlessness which may be confused with increased anxiety: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buspirone. Review possible side effects from Buspar (buspirone) with prescribing doctor and consider alternatives. Also life stressors may be fueling your distress. Discuss with doctor and consider therapy if appropriate. Take care. ...Read more

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