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I have severe depression need relief?

I have severe depression need relief?

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

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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 have just been diagnosed with severe depression? Now what?

I have just been diagnosed with severe depression? Now what?

Now...Getting better: Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology (i.e. Medication) are usually, jointly, the treatment of choice for severe mdd. Wishing you well. So much relief is in store for you! ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

Seek consultation: No diagnosis can be made without careful review of his history and examination. Certainly mood changes and irritability can be related to bipolar, but irritability is also a primary symptom of depression. Nightmares or vivid dreams can be related to medications or anxiety. If current treatment is not working formal psychological testing/consultation can help with differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have severe constipation?

I have severe constipation?

Need more info: Make sure you bet a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids. I would also start MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) ever night and then be evaluated by a md. ...Read more

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I have mild depression due to unemployment?

I have mild depression due to unemployment?

Unemployed: with mild depression. That is to be expected. Think about what the ideal work situation would be then figure out what you need to do to land yourself in that ideal job /profession. If the depression persists or worsen have that looked into. I wish you the best of success. ...Read more

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I have severe headche?

Severity of headache: If you develop the worst headache of your life combined with fever, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite & problems with concentration - please seek urgent medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I have OCD. Can I have major depressive disorder too?

I have OCD. Can I have major depressive disorder too?

Absolutely: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder confers vulnerability to experiencing a major depressive episode (and hence having major depressive disorder). This may be result of the psychological distress and/or life role impairment that OCD causes. ...Read more

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I have depression and anxiety. Both have been worse than ever before I currently suffer from chronic insomnia and panic attacks. How can I treat this?

I have depression and anxiety. Both have been worse than ever before I currently suffer from chronic insomnia and panic attacks. How can I treat this?

See doctor: You need to see a doctor. First you have to be examined and given a diagnosis and then discuss treatment options. With the issue you describe therapy also plays a role in your treatment plan ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with PTSD and depression but I feel like my condition has gotten worse.I think I may have ADD.How can I get diagnosed?

I have been diagnosed with PTSD and depression but I feel like my condition has gotten worse.I think I may have ADD.How can I get diagnosed?

PTSD: is a treatable condition. Please see a clinical psychologist who specializes in PTSD or mood disorders. Your doc or the local VA hospital may have referrals for you. Clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training MAY be utilized as the way to relax the hair-trigger bodily and emotional reactions you are feeling. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have had depression for many years and have been diagnosed with ADHD,depression.BPD. Lately I am tired have tremors cant stop eating have headaches ?

I have had depression for many years and have been diagnosed with ADHD,depression.BPD. Lately I am tired have tremors cant stop eating have headaches ?

Tremor and headache: with depression (bipolar disorder) & "ADHD" You are tired and you can't stop eating. There are many of us here at Heath Tap that would like to be of service to you. What is it that you would like to know? It would be helpful if you asked a specific question and gave us more information about you (age, medications etc) We will wait patiently for you to get back to us. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have anxiety problems or severe depression?

How do I know if I have anxiety problems or severe depression?

Symptoms: Symptoms of anxiety can include uncontrolled worrying, restlessness, increased muscle tension, irritability, problems wi sleep & concentration as well as feeling tired. Depression Sx’s may include *sad/angry/irritable mood, *low energy level, *lack of motivation, * absence of joy, * feeling helpless or hopeless,* feeling guilty, * low self-esteem, problems with memory, concentration or decision ...Read more

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Can i take klonapin when pregnant? I have severe severe anxiety!

Can i take klonapin when pregnant? I have severe severe anxiety!

Not a good idea: Klonopin (clonazepam) is an fda category 4 drug in pregnancy, meaning studies have shown possible risk to babies in utero. Also there are other medicines which may work better for anxiety, are not habit forming, and which would be safer in pregnancy -- if medications are definitely needed. You need to know that there are very effective talk therapies for anxiety, which may allow relief without medications. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with major depression but never have thoughts of suicide?

I have been diagnosed with major depression but never have thoughts of suicide?

Depression symptoms: Many people with depression don't have thoughts of suicide. Some do have thoughts of death or suicide without a specific plan. It's different for each person. But, everyone who has a depression diagnosis has a depressed, sad, or empty mood (in children or adolescents this may be characterized as an irritable mood). Effective treatments are available, so keep working with your doctor to get better. ...Read more

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I think I have depression. I had multiple panic attacks before, and changes in mood. Could i be depressed, bipolar, or stressed?

I think I have depression. I had multiple panic attacks before, and changes in mood. Could i be depressed, bipolar, or stressed?

Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder has the primary symptom of depression along with either manic or hyper manic episodes. Panic disorder is also a mood disorder. If you are experiencing both depression and anxiety, mood disorder nos is probably most fitting. Stress can make both depression and anxiety worse. Find a good therapist then have them refer you to a psychiatrist if therapy alone is not sufficient. ...Read more

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I do not have bipolar disorder. I do have recurrent Major depression, severe. Why would my psychiatrist prescribe lithium and Geodon (ziprasidone)?

I do not have bipolar disorder. I do have recurrent Major depression, severe. Why would my psychiatrist prescribe lithium and Geodon (ziprasidone)?

Mood disorder: Many argue that many cases of depression are a form of bipolar disease. specially if your mood fluctuates. instead of going from extreme highs to lows, you go from lows without going into highs, so many treat depression as a form of bipolar disease. What drugs you go on depends on how high or low you go. I would have to know more about your case. ...Read more

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I have schizoaffective d/o (depressive type) as a dx. I think i may be having mild manic episodes lately though? How do I know if I am having mania?

Mania: One of the hallmark features of mania is decreased need for sleep usually with expansive mood, euphoria, or grandiosity and impulsivity such as excessive spending, sexual indiscretion, or other risky behavior. Irritability and/or aggressive behavior may also be a part of mania. ...Read more

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I have a concussion. Have severe headaches. Dr gave prednisone. Still have severe headaches.

I have a concussion. Have severe headaches.  Dr gave  prednisone.  Still have severe headaches.

Several types: There are several types of headaches that occur after concussion. Trauma triggered migraine, Occipital neuralgia, pain at the site of blow to the head, post traumatic poorly localized headache. Ask your prescriber about type of headache and alternative treatments, including amitriptyline, Topamax (topiramate) or local treatment at site of headache. ...Read more

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What to do if I have severe childhood onset bipolar and i need help dealing with my manic episodes?

What to do if I have severe childhood onset bipolar and i need help dealing with my manic episodes?

This can be: Very challenging. It is essential that you work with a top notch psychiatrist who is experienced in dealing with bipolar disorder. Pyschological support is also key. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and drugs. Take medications as prescribed. Keep your sleep time sacred. Keep you providers posted if you are moving toward depression or mania. Take care. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been suffering from severe anxiety and depression / anhedonia for about 3-4 years now. I have always had anxiety problems and maybe a low?

Hi, 
I have been suffering from severe anxiety and depression / anhedonia for about 3-4 years now. I have always had anxiety problems and maybe a low?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more