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I think my mom is depressed. What can I do to help?

I think my mom is depressed. What can I do to help?

ENCOURAGE HELP!!: Encourage your mom to seek help. Offer to go with her. Go to her own doctor first may be easier to start there. Keep talking and listening. Give her literature on depression so she knows that she is not alone. ...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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What can I do if my friend is depressed and i want to help her but don't know how?

What can I do if my friend is depressed and i want to help her but don't know how?

Please encourage: Your friend to see her physician & to be frank about her depressed mood and any other symptoms she has. Her physician can ensure that there are no underlying medical problems & may make recommendation for counseling or even psychiatric medications. Continue to be a supportive friend. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my depressed brother?

What can I do to help my depressed brother?

Spend time w/him: Hoping your brother's getting treatment for his depression -- medications and psychotherapy can be very effective. If not, you can encourage him in that direction, first through seeing his primary care doctor and then with psychiatrists, psychologists, etc. And you can spend time with him -- talking and doing activities that get you outdoors and moving. Better for you both than watching tv! ...Read more

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I think my 4-year-old son is depressed. What can I do to help him?

I think my 4-year-old son is depressed. What can I do to help him?

Very unusual: Depression is quite rare in children this young and definitely deserves attention. Typically, when it occurs, there is an external reason such as marital stress or other forms of chaos and uncertainty in the child's environment. Definitely talk to a professional, possibly starting with the pediatrician or a mental health professional, to get at the source of his distress. ...Read more

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I think my friend has anorexia. What can I do to help them?

I think my friend has anorexia. What can I do to help them?

Be there: Anorexia is an extremely complex disorder, rarely simply about "being thin". It is difficult for the patient to make any progress if and until (s)he makes that decision to recover on his/her own. It cannot be forced. However, remaining a friend can be a critical factor because at times, an anorectic may push everyone away, and be left by friends/family fed up with the struggle and drama. Talk. ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have severe bipolar disorder.. How can I talk to my mom about it?

What to do if i think I have severe bipolar disorder.. How can I talk to my mom about it?

Get diagnosed: I would first schedule an appointment with your doctor. There is a possibility that you may not have bipolar disorder. I would still talk to your mom about it. Be direct, honest and express your concerns. She may be able to help by providing more of a family history on the subject. She can also be a good support. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom has a migrane and i want to help her so what should I do to help?

What can I do if my mom has a migrane and i want to help her so what should I do to help?

Some solutions for M: Migraine has many solutions. But you need to go to a headache specilaist who is typically a neurologist. There are many good medicines which can stop the migraine headaches. They are called triptans(one good one is: sumatriptan). There are also medicines to prevent frequent headaches, they are called beta blockers. But you have to go to your doctor for obtaining prescription medicines for migraine. ...Read more

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My friend is suicidal. What can I do to help?

My friend is suicidal. What can I do to help?

Suicide risk: Dr. Killian indicated you were in great britain (sorry, that info is not visible to me). Suicide hotlines in the uk are: hotlline: +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90 (uk - local rate) hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 91 92 (uk minicom) hotline: 1850 60 90 90 (roi - local rate) hotline: 1850 60 90 91 (roi minicom) ask your friend to allow you to take him/her to an emergency room/ hospital. ...Read more

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What can I do if my boyfriend is suicidal how do I help?

If he has active : Thoughts of suicide: plan with desire to act on it- then he needs immediate help. You or a relative could drive him to the nearest emergency room if he is cooperative. If not, call 911 and explain situation. He may need transport by emergency services. If the situation is not an emergency - encourage him to accept professional mental health assitance from a psychiatrist or a psychologist. ...Read more

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What to do if that i really suffer from depression, how do I tell my doctor.?

What to do if that i really suffer from depression, how do I tell my doctor.?

Be candid.: Tell your doctor about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep ; appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let your doctor know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can tell my parents that i think I have asperges and i want to see a psychiatrist?

Can you tell me how i can tell my parents that i think I have asperges and i want to see a psychiatrist?

You just did an: Awesome job right now. I would ask just like that. Be prepared that your parents are likely to ask why. So review symptoms - and maybe have something pre-written so that you don't forget points. Take care. ...Read more

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My best friend is worried about me because I cut. What can I do to help her?

My best friend is worried about me because I cut. What can I do to help her?

Promise to get help: I know I'd be worried about someone I cared about who 'cut'. It's a pretty serious symptom and it scares folk. I 'm imagining that you don't intend to die, but only to get some relief from doing it. That's hard for many folk to understand. Try to help her understand if this is true AND promise to get help to find a better response to whatever you're feeling. You can do it. Good friends are great! ...Read more

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What to do if i want to help my girlfriend from her depression. What can I do?

What to do if i want to help my girlfriend from her depression. What can I do?

Encourage your: Girl friend to start with a medical evaluation by a physician. A doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of depressive symptoms. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. Here are some. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom is a depressed alcoholic how can I help her?

What can I do if my mom is a depressed alcoholic how can I help her?

12 Step Meetings.: The first thing you can to do to help her is to take care of yourself. Encourage you to attend alanon meetings (or alateen depending on age). It will teach you about tough love and coping, when you love someone who is alcoholic. Encourage your mother to attend alcoholics anonymous. You could even go to an open meeting with her. But don't be surprised if she declines. Sometimes we just plant seeds. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have depression. How can I approach my parents?

What to do if i might have depression. How can I approach my parents?

Talk to them: Tell them how you have been feeling and that you think you need some help. Let them know that you need their support and do not blame them for the depression. I am assuming that you are a minor and not in your 40's you can also speak to a school guidance counselor or psychologist. They will help you speak to your parents. ...Read more

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What to do if I have depression, and i really don't know what to do anymore, can anyone help?

Two things: First, reach out for help from a psychologist or psychiatrist. You can find a psychologist close to you here locator.Apa.Org one of these doctors can tell you about options to make you feel better. Psychotherapy and medication have helped a huge number of people with terrible depression. Please call someone today. Second, get a book called, "feeling good" by david burns. It's a great book. Be well. ...Read more

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I think my mom is bipolar. How can I get her help?

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I think my mom is bipolar. How can I get her help?

Bipolar: Schedule her with mental health professional for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is depressed what should I do for her?

What can I do if my friend is depressed what should I do for her?

Talk: Talk to her. Help her to understand her condition. Then encourage her to get help. If necessary do an intervention. There are many medications that will help with depression. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom has to have chemo and i don't know how to deal with it. Please help?

What can I do if my mom has to have chemo and i don't know how to deal with it. Please help?

You can help/support: You need to be prepared by finding about what chemo and what side effects to expect or not to expect. Her oncologist and or his oncology nurse will provide you guidance and education so that neither you nor your mother is in the dark. Once you know, then the anxiety lessons. Most people take chemo without any side effects these days as there are many good medicines which prevent all side effects. ...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