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Is Depression Ever Normal
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
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
I had a miscarriage in May. Ever since I've had extreme fatigue, pain, nausea, migraines, and mild depression. As well as long cycles. is this normal?
No: mOther than the mild depression (if it is because of the loss of the pregnancy) - those symptoms are not common, especially so long (5 months) after the miscarriage. (the heavy cycles can be normal, but best to see your doctor and have a sonogram and make sure nothing unusual with the lining of your uterus). The emotional stress of the loss may well contribute to the fatigue, migraines and other ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently went through a series of major life changes. My depression has become worse, but only when I'm home. Is this normal? What can I do?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
NORMAL- no not?: I think what you mean is whether depression is COMMON in 18 year olds? If you believe you are suffering from DEPRESSION then, it's worth speaking to someone, your parents, siblings, school counselor, psychologist. Often, people mistake CLINICAL DEPRESSION for being sad or reacting to an unfavorable situation. Those types of things do not make a diagnosis of depression. Talk with someone please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to feel sorry for yourself when you're dealing with bad depression? Why do people try to make you feel bad for feeling sorry for yourself
See answer: Often when people become depressed, underlying personality traits become more pronounced. So that a shy person may become much more withdrawn, self-loathing, while a more outgoing person may become more irritable, complaining etc. Depression isn't a one type fit all disorder. Feeling sorry for yourself is negative thinking. You'll feel better turning that around. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950 I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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