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Doctor insights on: Is Depression Ever Normal

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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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Need advice on meningitis recovery. I am cured, but have hard days physically/mentally with fatigue, aches, depression. Will i ever feel normal again?

Need advice on meningitis recovery. I am cured, but have hard days physically/mentally with fatigue, aches, depression. Will i ever feel normal again?

Yes you will.: Meningitis can be a fatal illness. Physicians take this condition very seriously. Even with adequate treatments the patients can be left with lots of problems. Some are permanently disabled. So, feeling fatigued with aches is expected. And if that is all that you have, you are lucky. This will all get better as your body builds up stamina again. The depression is very common after being sick. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have depression when only 18?

Is it normal to have depression when only 18?

You can have depress: depression at any age, it is not limited to any one group of people, age, culture, religion, sex, religious preference. It is a biological disorder that requires medication or may be due to situational factors. ...Read more

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How can I know if my moods are normal or depression?

How can I know if my moods are normal or depression?

Degree, not kind: People can be sad about events or losses in their lives, and normally go through periods of discomfort or unrest. They can grieve when someone dies, for instance. But if their temporary sadness deepens & extends, and there's complete loss of interest or pleasure plus changes in sleep, energy, & appetite, their condition may be depression. Especially with suicidal thoughts, get help now. ...Read more

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Is it normal to gain weight when taking depression medications?

Is it normal to gain weight when taking depression medications?

It can happen: Older antidepressants , starting with tricyclic antidepressants, cause weight gain. Even the newer ssri's, especially paroxetine, are weight gainers. Three older antidepressants, mirtazapine, Doxepin and trazodone are now used almost exclusively for insomnia and are weight gainers. In long term studies , almost all antidepressants cause weight gain. Least likely to do so is buprprion. ...Read more

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How common is teenage depression and how much is normally 'teen angst'?

How common is teenage depression and how much is normally 'teen angst'?

Teenage depression: A bigger concern is thar teenagers self medicate depression via use of marihuana and this is rising. Cannabis is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs, and despite the widely held belief that it is a safe drug, its long-term use has potentially harmful consequences including the development of psychosis. The use of alcohol and drugs is highly correlated with mood disorders in teenagers. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

Winter blues: Depression is not seasonal; it persists year round, unless treated. Even then it may take some time to feel "normal". Winter blues is also called seasonal affective disorder (sad); usually occurs in fall & winter, when we have less exposure to sunlight. Sad responds some to antidepressants but even more to full-spectrum light—sun or special light therapy lamps. Even grow lights may help. ...Read more

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Is it normal for people with depression to struggle with change and have difficulty adapting?

Is it normal for people with depression to struggle with change and have difficulty adapting?

Yes: Yes. When depressed a person may lack the internal reserves to deal with change. It is easier to do rote tasks. They may not have the energy to bring to the table to meet a new challenge. Drive may be low as well as lacking the confidence to make decisions. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it normally take existential depression to turn into clinical depression?

How long is it supposed to it normally take existential depression to turn into clinical depression?

Depression is: I would like you to discuss every variant of depression with a good psychiatrist. Who knows? Sometimes an existential depression may turn into a more serious form without obvious signs (for the person suffering it). Every depressive feeling deserves to be at least talked about. This always helps, with all kinds of depressions. ...Read more

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Is it normal for some one who has depression to put them self down all the time and feel like that person is no body or no good for nothing?

Is it normal for some one who has depression to put them self down all the time and feel like that person is no body or no good for nothing?

Normal symptoms: It is indeed one of the normal symptoms of depression to have feelings of guilt, no good, at fault, etc. That's why depression is best treated with a combination of meds and cognitive behavior or mindfulness therapies. the idea is to help the person assess and clarify thinking patterns, establish behaviors that are healthy, positive, and contribute to a better view of self and others, ...Read more

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