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I feel depressed and I don't know why?

I feel depressed and I don't know why?

It happens: People tend to feel better if they take a break from negative thinking, spend a little more time with others, count their blessings, exercise, and do other healthful behaviors. In addition, there are new scientifically-based books on increasing happiness. Taking action will help your depression. If it persists talk to your doctor. ...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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Lately I just feel somewhat depressed. I don't know why. It's nothing too serious but I feel alone all the time. Is there anything that can help?

Lately I just feel somewhat depressed. I don't know why. It's nothing too serious but I feel alone all the time. Is there anything that can help?

What to do?: Do the things that usually help - seek support, sleep and eat well, exercise moderately, spend time with friends doing things you enjoy, and so on. If you feel hopeless or suicidal, if you get worse or it lasts more than a few weeks, if you have a history of depression or anxiety, if you have trouble functioning, if there has been a difficult event recently hard to cope with, seek consultation. ...Read more

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My close friend hung herself 8 days ago. Everything is in turmoil. No one knows why apart from her being depressed but lately she has been doing ok. T?

My close friend hung herself 8 days ago. Everything is in turmoil. No one knows why apart from her being depressed but lately she has been doing ok. T?

Suicide by friend: My close friend hung herself 8 days ago. Everything is in turmoil. No one knows why apart from her being depressed but lately she has been doing ok. T? ANS: most likely her depression was not doing well. If you are feeling like harming yourself please all 911 and ask for suicide prevention hotline. ...Read more

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What to do with an extremely depressed person who refuses to go for help? Knows exactly what's going on around him..

What to do with an extremely depressed person who refuses to go for help? Knows exactly what's going on around him..

Suicidal?: Thank you for asking about your very depressed friend. If he is thinking of hurting himself, or wants to die, it is important to call the police. I know this sounds harsh, but you may be preventing his suicide. The police can take him to a psych hospital where someone can evaluate his depression and if his is at risk of hurting himself, they can keep him under a 5150 order. Please call, now! ...Read more

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No one understands how depressed I feel. I can't get pregnant. Should I just give up?

No one understands how depressed I feel. I can't get pregnant. Should I just give up?

I am sorry: I am sorry you have been unsuccessful. Do you have a close friend, spouse or counselor with whom you can speak? No one can understand how depressed you feel, but there can be those who can empathize and provide support. I truly encourage you to speak with someone about your feelings on the matter. Consult with an ob/gyn / fertility specialist about your difficulty getting pregnant. ...Read more

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I've recently been diagnosed with depression and I have to take meds but I feel like no therapist understands?

I've recently been diagnosed with depression and I have to take meds but I feel like no therapist understands?

They exist: Though therapy is one treatment for depression, the combination of therapy and medication is even better. Ask the doctor who is prescribing the medication for a referral to a therapist who understands that. ...Read more

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What are the signs of depression? I have been feeing sad and suidcidal for a long time, I just feel that no one understands and im drifting deeper into a dark dark hole. And im forever falling. Is this depression?

What are the signs of depression? I have been feeing sad and suidcidal for a long time, I just feel that no one understands and im drifting deeper into a dark dark hole. And im forever falling. Is this depression?

Hello.: Hello. You may well have depression. Depression can also lead to sleeping too much or not enough. To either not eating or gorging. It can cause one to feel helpless or hopeless and lose confidence in one's self. It can cause problems with memory or concentration. Your mood could be sad, angry, fearful, anxious or irritable. Isolation is common. If you feel like you want to take your life and that you might act on it, please get immediate help at an er. Even if you don't have imminent thoughts of suicide, depression is treatable and you deserve to see a good psychologist or psychiatrist. Have hope. Get help. ...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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I am a current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

I am a current addict to smoking herion. I relapse due to emotions. On Suboxone. But can opiates help maintain depression? No one understands me.

Yes and no: Sometimes people use opiates or heroin because of depression. Sometimes people develop depression because of their use of care when or opiates. The term dual diagnosis is usually used when people have an addiction problem plus a depression problem. Both things need to be treated. Antidepressants counseling or exercise would help with the depression. ...Read more

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I suffer with crippling depression and anxiety. I take Prozac & have tried lex, cit, Zoloft (sertraline) etc & none really help. No one understands. What do I do?

I suffer with crippling depression and anxiety. I take Prozac & have tried lex, cit, Zoloft (sertraline) etc & none really help. No one understands. What do I do?

Get therapy also: Are you being prescribed these medications by your primary care physician, or a psychiatrist? Medications are only part of treating depression/anxiety, and psychotherapy is essential. Some psychiatrists do both, but more often people work concurrently with a psychologist or other therapist. If you haven't already, you might see a psychiatrist -- could be more helpful, esp in complex cases. ...Read more

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Why do I have urges to self-harm when my depression acts up? I mean, I cope just fine the rest of the time, and I can resist the urges (my therapist knows about this) but why do they happen?

Why do I have urges to self-harm when my depression acts up? I mean, I cope just fine the rest of the time, and I can resist the urges (my therapist knows about this) but why do they happen?

I think the reason,: At least partly, is that your body releases its own pain killer, when you hurt yourself. This gives you temporary relief from pain, even emotional pain. Thus, you feel some relief. You should seek the help of a Psychiatrist to help treat your Depression.This way, you won't get so depressed, not be in such pain, and reduce these urges of self-harm. The rest of us (humanity)needs you to be ok. We want you to be. ...Read more

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I am depressed and I don't know why?

I am depressed and I don't know why?

Are: You referring to having a depressed mood?
We all feel down from time to time and sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the reason (s). Variations in mood are quite normal. However, if you have been feeling markedly depressed and it affects things like sleep, appetite, energy level, life functioning- then it is time for evaluation. You can start with your physician, psychiatrist, psychologist. ...Read more

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I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do?

I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do?

Find help & support: If you are an adult and you suspect that you are in a state of depression begin by acknowledging your feelings to a significant other (spouse, family member, friend). This support will be helpful if your symptoms are more severe and recurring, and will increase your comfortability in reaching out to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What to do if I am depressed and I don't know why?

What to do if I am depressed and I don't know why?

See a Dr: Talking to a doctor may reveal some simple reasons for the depression. It is much harder to self-analyze than to sit with a professional who will work with you to find the reasons and the treatments that work. ...Read more

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My friend is depressed and I don't know what to do!

My friend is depressed and I don't know what to do!

Support: Best would be to encourage your friend to go talk to a professional. If he/she is in school, a school counselor to start. If not, a mental health center. And ask your friend about suicidal thoughts. If he/she has them, they should visit the ER. ...Read more

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I think I'm depressed and I don't know what do? Word

I think I'm depressed and I don't know what do? Word

Find a therapist: Seek a therapist specializing in depression, specifically, one who focuses on behavioral as well as cognitive & emotional aspects of change. We may assume that talking about things will lead to insight & then we can do something different but that can take a long time. Acting yr way into feeling & thinking differently can work better than trying to think or feel yr way into acting differently. ...Read more

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I'm depressed and I don't know what to do? Please help?

I'm depressed and I don't know what to do? Please help?

Help is available: First see your family doctor to have a physical cause for your depression ruled out. Family doctor will then assist you in a referral to a psychiatrist who will provide medication for you and do a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. It's also possible that your family doctor will treat you themselves. You should also see a psychotherapist because the combination of medication and therapy seems to work the best. Other things like exercise, yoga, meditation, maintaining a healthy diet, and acupuncture can also be very helpful. ...Read more

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I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do? Word2

I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do? Word2

First Step: You might start by reaching out 2 someone at ndmda depression hotline –support group (800-826-3632. And here's a nat'l website w/ lots of resources 4 persons struggling w/ depression: http://bit. Ly/1aesmxx. Depression can leave us feeling isolated & lonely, even if we're around people we love. We can worry about "burdening" them w/ our feelings. It can help 2 take a first step & reach out. ...Read more

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What to if I am so depressed and I don't know what to do?

What to if I am so depressed and I don't know what to do?

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 of the depression as yoiu begin to work with a therapist in talk therapy. It will get better, good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I am depressed and I don't know what to do?

What to do if I think I am depressed and I don't know what to do?

Your Dr can assess: For mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi ...Read more

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I am so depressed and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Help/advice?

I am so depressed and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Help/advice?

You might not be: Doing anything wrong. Start with a medical evaluation to rule out medical causes of your symptoms. Medications are sometimes indicated. 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 relaxation, ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm extremely depressed and I don't know what to do?

What do you advise if I'm extremely depressed and I don't know what to do?

Your Dr can assess: Or 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 sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical > ...Read more

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I'm very depressed and I don't know what to do anymore. Please help need advice?

Psychiatrist: Go see a psychiatrist or therapist. There are many treatment options. Do not give up since there is so much hope for people these days. If you fear you might harm yourself, go to the nearest emergency room. Call 1-800-suicide if in a crisis. Turn to those you trust and those closest to you so they may help as well. Don't go it alone. ...Read more

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I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do but if I tell anyone they'll think I'm just wanting attention and it's not?

I think I'm depressed and I don't know what to do but if I tell anyone they'll think I'm just wanting attention and it's not?

DEPRESSION: Get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; no just one or the other. ...Read more

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Help! I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do help?

Help! I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do help?

It's treatable: Depression is a treatable illness. Start with a primary care physician. When depression is severe or refractory, a psychiatrist may be required. ...Read more

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What to do if I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do anymore.?

What to do if I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do anymore.?

Seek help.: Depression is not just sadness and feels terrible. If you have done everything you can think of to help this please consult a psychologist or therapist to get other ideas on what is going on and how to effectively deal with your depression. It is smarter to get help than to live with depression which sucks the life out of a person. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do anymore.?

What do you recommend if I am feeling depressed and I don't know what to do anymore.?

Have you talked to: Your physician to see if there are any medical conditions that may be contributing to feeling down? Evaluation will also help to determine if you have depressed mood or a clinical depression. If you are clinically depressed, you would likely benefit from seeing a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. Here are basics for self care: talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. ...Read more

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I'm getting really depressed and I don't know what to do. I have so many conflicts in my mind?

I'm getting really depressed and I don't know what to do. I have so many conflicts in my mind?

Need to consult: It appears that in your situation there is only one way to deal with it. I strongly advise you to trust your doctor and ask if he feels comfortable in prescribing some medication or if he advises you if a referral to a Psychiatrist is required. ...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