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I never smile anymore. No one thing makes me happy. Am I just a realist or depressed?

I never smile anymore. No one thing makes me happy. Am I just a realist or depressed?

Depression likely: It is likely that you are depressed. Lack of pleasure, anhedonia, is a characteristic feature of depression. There are effective treatments for this condition and you should consult your doctor at the earliest. ...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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How do I know if I have depression? I've been getting upset a lot more lately. For example, i'll be happy one moment then the next I'm upset. Help?

How do I know if I have depression? I've been getting upset a lot more lately. For example, i'll be happy one moment then the next I'm upset. Help?

See your physician: Your physician can discuss your history of symptoms in detail to determine whether you qualify for a diagnosis of depression. He/she can also rule out any medical causes for the way that you feel. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/depression. Html ...Read more

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I've got depression, but one minute im so happy and nice then the next im so irritable and nasty.... what could it be?

I've got depression, but one minute im so happy and nice then the next im so irritable and nasty.... what could it be?

What about getting: A comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. You might have a mood disorder, or personality characteristics that go along with this. But, don't be surprised if it is teen angst. ...Read more

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Would you be bipolar if you're really happy one day and depressed the next?

Would you be bipolar if you're really happy one day and depressed the next?

Not necessarily: There are a number of possible reasons for mood changes. You could be responding to changes in your life. Mood swings could be related to menses, a mood disorder (like bipolar disorder), a personality disorder, drug or alcohol use & medical problems. If you are concerned that you might have bipolar disorder please see your physician for a medical evaluation. Seeing a therapist would be beneficial. ...Read more

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Is being happy one day then depressed the next a sign of bipolar? Or is it just being emotional!?

Is being happy one day then depressed the next a sign of bipolar? Or is it just being emotional!?

Bipolar?: Not likely bipolar. Mor so if rapid cycling, which could be related to hormones or emotions. ...Read more

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Asking for a friend, extreme tiredness, hungry all the time, feels bloated, feels happy one minute then sad and depressed the next?

Asking for a friend, extreme tiredness, hungry all the time, feels bloated, feels happy one minute then sad and depressed the next?

Get evaluated: These could be symptoms of many things. Your friend needs to be evaluated by his primary care doctor to rule out anything physical going on and take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Happy then sad then depressed then full of energy then mad and start over again all in one day, am I bipolar?

Happy then sad then depressed then full of energy then mad and start over again all in one day, am I bipolar?

Talk to a doctor: Discuss your concerns with a physician. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme and persistent alterations in mood. The mood disorder questioner (mdq) is in public domain and the results are a good conversation started between patient and doctor. ...Read more

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I've been feeling really happy and then the slightest thing can make me angry and depressed. Help please?

I've been feeling really happy and then the slightest thing can make me angry and depressed. Help please?

How long?: No individual advice - consult a professional. In general, it is normal not to feel the same all the time, but extreme mood swings if they last very long or cycle can be a consequence of medical or psychiatric disorders. Some individuals may have what we call smiling depressions, or other mays reflect rapid or more slowly cyclic mood disorder. Consult a psychiatrist or psychologist or your doc. ...Read more

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I'm depressed I want to stay in my room and never get up, I hate being around most people, I hate school. The one thing that helps is being with my bf.?

I'm depressed I want to stay in my room and never get up, I hate being around most people, I hate school. The one thing that helps is being with my bf.?

Get help: People with similar symptoms find that actively seeking help can make a big difference. Make sure there are no physical problems (such as hypothyroidism) then get counseling and pharmacologic therapy. If you are doing drugs, stop. ...Read more

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Neurologist suggested mental health, im more than depressed wouldn't neuropsychiatric be much better for me? Is that just a 1 time thing to see one?

Neurologist suggested mental health, im more than depressed wouldn't neuropsychiatric be much better for me? Is that just a 1 time thing to see one?

Mental health issue: I think you are confused about what neuropsychologists and neuropsychiatrists do. They do not treat depression, severe or otherwise. The treatment for depression is psychotherapy, or psychotherapy + antidepressant medication. See a psychologist or psychiatrist who treats depression and can provide psychotherapy. Your neurologist gave you good advice-- unclear why you seem reluctant to accept it. ...Read more

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Hi, I have irregular periods, I have one or two a year, im trying for a baby what is the best thing to help? Its getting me to depressed!

Hi, I have irregular periods, I have one or two a year, im trying for a baby what is the best thing to help? Its getting me to depressed!

See your doctor: There are several possibilities as to why you're not having regular periods. The problem, at its very base, is you are not ovulating regularly. An evaluation (exam + lab work) can help lead to the cause and therapy to help initiate ovulation can be started. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a chronic depression or just a temporary one or any at all?

How to know if I have a chronic depression or just a temporary one or any at all?

See psychiatrist: For this question, I suggest an in-person consultation with a psychiatrist. "chronic" depression may last 2 years or longer. "temporary" depression can be extremely painful but often remits on its own in 18 months or so. That's a very long time to suffer, and lots of time lost in your life. Best wishes, . ...Read more

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I'm so depressed. I'm just useless and taking up space. I'm a talented person. But not needed anymore. No one wants a 56 year old. So in debt.

I'm so depressed. I'm just useless and taking up space. I'm a talented person. But not needed anymore. No one wants a 56 year old. So in debt.

You really have: Some distorted thoughts. It bugs me when a person writes his or her self off. If you are talented - then express & use your talents. If you convince yourself that you are useless and taking up space - than that it will happen. Take charge of your life. Stay active. Culture the things in you that are useful (not useless). Give your self more credit. Beating yourself up with come to no good. ...Read more

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I notice when im training martial arts I am happy but when I take time off of training due to work and schooli get depressed should I just stay active?

I notice when im training martial arts I am happy but when I take time off of training due to work and schooli get depressed should I just stay active?

Jue Yin: In traditional chinese medicine there is a biopsychotype called "jue yin". These people need physical activity every day in order to remain physically, emotionally and spiritually balanced. ...Read more

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How can depression effect ones life?

How can depression effect ones life?

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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I'm not happy at work. Am I depressed?

I'm not happy at work. Am I depressed?

Work problems only: If you're unhappy at work but happy everywhere else you are probably not clinically depressed. Instead, you're not happy at work for some reason (s). Determining why you're unhappy at work is the first step. Perhaps you're not challenged or are bored. Perhaps you're experiencing a conflict with a co-worker. Figure this out and then make a plan to remedy the situation. ...Read more

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What is the number one cause of depression?

What is the number one cause of depression?

No single cause: While there is no one single cause for depression, the final common pathway is a relative depletion of certain neurotransmitters within the brain. Specifically, these are serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Most antidepressants aim to increase the concentration of these substances within the brain. ...Read more

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How should one take care of acute depression?

How should one take care of acute depression?

There is help.: First, an evaluation from a mental health professional is a good first step. It's helpful to know what the nature of this depression is and how it's impacting you. After that, you and your mental health professional can decide on what is the best course of action. Some depressions can lift from a brief course of psychotherapy (talking therapy) while others respond best to meds + therapy. ...Read more

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How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

How can I help with the depression of a loved one?

See link: I like to use the national institute of mental health for information and guidance. It is non-biased i.e. No commercials. I direct family and loved ones of people with depression to this link:

http://www. Nimh. Nih. Gov/health/publications/depression/how-can-i-help-a-loved-one-who-is-depressed. Shtml

also---after your loved one is stabilized, ask to attend a meeting with their doctor/therapist. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm depressed but no one believes me?

See a therapist: The only one who needs to believe you are depressed is you. No one can tell you how you feel. See a trained therapist, find out why your are depressed and try solutions to resolve the issues and being depressed will no longer be an issue. Live happily. ...Read more

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What should I do when so depressed and no one cares?

Reach out to a: Reach out to a professional. When you are depressed it feels like no one cares. The depression blinds you to the fact that there are people who care. In therapy you can begin to get the depression under control and the world will not seem so cold and negative. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could depression effect ones life?

In many ways: Depression can rob you of your confidence. Give you a bleak outlook on life. It can cause your energy ; your mood to bottom out. It may gift you with hopelessness, helplessness ; despair. Your drive may peeter out. This is just a small sampling. ...Read more

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Any advice to deal with depression in your loved ones?

Any advice to deal with depression in your loved ones?

Spend time together: Depression distorts perception and colors every experience. More than during other times, being loved is an achor and reminder that life is still worth living. By spending time together, the goal is to communicate support without making demand. Important to stay connected to your friends and family yourself. Know that with treatment, depression will pass. It is opportunity to grow closer. ...Read more

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How can one tell if they have recovered from depression?

How can one tell if they have recovered from depression?

Recovery: When recovered from depression, one is interested in his/her normal activities, has good energy, sleeps well, eats normally, enjoys relating with others, and feels optimistic about life possibilities. Sexual desire returns. There is less negative self-talk, and any suicidal thoughts dissipate. These results must be sustained over time (at least a year) to be more sure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stay happy after being depressed?

Can you tell me how to stay happy after being depressed?

Change your approach: There are a number of actions that you can take to increase your happiness. In addition to seeing a psychotherapist, you might also get a book on happiness--"the how of happiness" is a good one, but there are others. Setting goals, striving, appreciating what you have and the good things that are coming your way, being generous to others with your time, learning something new might also help. ...Read more

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How should one take care of a family member with depression?

How should one take care of a family member with depression?

Recommend treatment: You should have an honest and neutral talk with them about how they are feeling and if they think it would help them if they were able to talk to someone about it. It can be tough to try to deal with another family member as the relative may view your statements towards them through the lens of the pre existing family relationship as opposed to looking towards your statements with objectivity. ...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