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I Have Severe Depression
I think I have severe depression and don't know what to do or go I'm afraid I'll loose my boyfriend if I don't fix it !
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Seek psychiatric or: Psychological evaluation. 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 activity is a big +. Try acupuncture or tai chi. ...Read more
I have severe depression & gad for years but have nvr taken meds for it or want to since i don't want to feel like a zombie, what can I take OTC safely.?
Your college may: Have a medical clinic or a mental health clinic that can provide for your needs. Otherwise, consider checking for psychologists ; / or psychiatrist in the local area. Get help - so you can start reducing your suffering now. ...Read more
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That is a hard: That is a hard one, but i would start with finding a great psychotherapist and psychiatrist. Both the depression and the social anxiety need to lessen to be able to go out to work. Working from home is not a great option since it is hard to do without some structure. If medication can help reduce both disorders psychotherapy can help you look at possible work options. ...Read more
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. Treatment resistant depression could be undiagnosed Bipolar depression. Talk to your doctor who knows your history. Avoid use of alcohol. ...Read more
What to do if I have severe depression. Could I have bipolar as most of the family members have it?
Genetics: While it is true that depression and bipolar mood disorders to tend to cluster within families and place an individual at greater risk for these disorders, in order to be diagnosed with a bipolar mood disorder, one has to have also experienced manic or hypomanic episodes (the "up" side). A psychologist or counselor may be able to discuss your symptoms with you to determine an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can I tell if i'm bipolar? My emotions are all over the place. I have severe depression that leads to isolation. I have extremely aggressive behaviors.
You can't.: Why waste time trying to do this on your own? It's hard enough for experienced experts to make psychiatric diagnoses. The key is to get a thorough evaluation from a professional, then to get started on a treatment plan that gets you to your best self. Get started! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dangers of benzos: First question, is your dr a psychiatrist? Does dr know about depression, anxiety and addiction (which is a potential problem with benzos.)? Ssris are likely a better choice but you should talk with a psychiatrist and probably also a psychologist who can help you with non-medication techniques. Current best practice for most anxiety is in learning to cope with it rather than medicating it away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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