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Is poor concentration normal to find in people suffering from depression?

Is poor concentration normal to find in people suffering from depression?

Poor concentration: Poor concentration is a common symptom of depression . .Problems in concentration and focus can occur in a number of disorders or difficulties, such as adhd, bipolar or other cognitive or emotional disorders or even ordinary stress. A psychologist can provide a diagnostic assessment to help understand the nature of the concentration difficulties and what the underlying causes are. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for major depression to cause one to loose interest in a marriage they otherwise liked? Or lack of energy to invest in it?

Is it possible for major depression to cause one to loose interest in a marriage they otherwise liked? Or lack of energy to invest in it?

Yes: Major depressive episodes can occur in (unipolar depression) major depressive disorder or in bipolar disorder (bipolar depression). A hallmark symptom is diminished (or absent) interest/pleasure in all (or almost all) daily activities. This can include diminished interest and hence isolative behavior from family and friends. Further compounding this difficulty is a potential experience of fatigue. ...Read more

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Failed back surgery resulting in major stress and anxiety. In a depression and suffering from anxiety. Not normal for me. Is this permanent? Meds?

Failed back surgery resulting in major stress and anxiety.  In a depression and suffering from anxiety. Not normal for me. Is this permanent? Meds?

Sorry to hear about: Your continued back pain. You may benefit from the books of john sarnom, md. He specializes in back pain from a psychological point of view. Peace and good health. Anxiety may be an adjustment reaction, which resolves over time but you can help it along w/therapy. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Suffering from depression or extreme sadness and unable to accept eating as normal, however feeling more distance to everyone and wanting to be alone?

Suffering from depression or extreme sadness and unable to accept eating as normal, however feeling more distance to everyone and wanting to be alone?

Depression: Please see your physician. Depression is highly treatable and you need an adjustment in medications and it may also be helpful to get some therapy. ...Read more

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Due to massive financial losses from ill investments, i suffer from anxiety, loss of self confidence and stress, i used to be a highly motivated person + life was always great - not any more. ?

Due to massive financial losses from ill investments,  i suffer from anxiety, loss of self confidence and stress, i used to be a highly motivated person + life was always great - not any more. ?

See Below: I"m sorry you're going through that. Establish small, achievable goals. Try to identify things that you can control and things you cannot control. Work on things that you can control, and let go of things that you can't. Establish routines for yourself-- it helps make environment more predictable. Do relaxation, self-care, sleep hygiene. Find a therapist to help you guide through the process. ...Read more

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I've heard someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. What can be done?

I've heard someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. What can be done?

Yes, it's true: Anxiety that drives " avoidance" behaviors in young children with ad remains an issue for all, whether high- or low-functioning. .Depression begins in teens who are high-functioning when they feel "something's wrong with me & i can't fix it." zoloft or Prozac can be used in tiny doses increased slowly to avoid agitation. Abilify (aripiprazole) or Risperdal can be used in small, split doses. Dosing is key. ...Read more

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If an elderly, very unwell person is in hospital and suffers from chronic insomnia then, in general, can this have an adverse affect on the person's ability to recover? If so, how, generally speaking?

If an elderly, very unwell person is in hospital and suffers from chronic insomnia then, in general, can this have an adverse affect on the person's ability to recover?  If so, how, generally speaking?

Yes: Inability to sleep, for whatever reason, can indeed affect recovery, however, chronic insomnia in the elderly is diiferent, and can be related to dementia, specialized treatment is then needed, not sleeping pills or pain killers, input from a neuro-psychiatrist or a geriatrician will help, best wishes ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of the population suffers severe depression due to rainy, gloomy weather?

How high is the percentage of the population suffers severe depression due to rainy, gloomy weather?

That depends on: where one is geographically. "SAD's prevalence in the U.S. ranges from 1.4% in Florida to 9.9% in Alaska.[5] " See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_affective_disorder **** In other words - the percentage is variable. ...Read more

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What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?

Brain fog is: associated w/depression, as is lack of energy and concentration. IQ does not lower, but our ability to us our intelligence does temporarily. Please get treatment, not only medicine. See Feeling Good, a book by David Burns. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from stress related issues which include anxiety , dissatisfaction , inability to concentrate , lack of sleep .Please help?

I have been suffering from stress related issues which include anxiety , dissatisfaction , inability to concentrate , lack of sleep .Please help?

Coping Skills Needed: Sounds like you have that highly contagious malady known as "life"! you're at that age where you have to figure out what you want from life and how to get it and, yes, it can be stressful. Find a therapist whose approach includes cbt or dbt (look on psychologytoday.Com). Once you develop some coping strategies, you will feel more grounded and less anxious. ...Read more

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Is it possible that people confined to wheelchairs suffer breathlessness more because of the lack of excercise?

Is it possible that people confined to wheelchairs suffer breathlessness more because of the lack of excercise?

Absolutely: Deconditioning can happen very fast, and commonly can be progressive in patients confined to wheelchairs. That being said, there are a number of other things that can affect the respiration of someone wheelchair-bound. This includes, functional scoliosis, weak accessory muscles, certain types of restrictive lung disease, cardiac issues, and even dvt's leading to pe's. Discuss with a physiatrist. ...Read more

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What would you tell a patient in their late 20's, F, who has chronic health problems, poor QOL, but is giving up from lack of answers and help?

What would you tell a patient in their late 20's, F, who has chronic health problems, poor QOL,  but is giving up from lack of answers and help?

You Need Help: I think you need to talk to someone about your low mood. Unfortunately Chronic problems would stay with you for long time, and it is you who can adapt yourself to cope and live with what you are suffering from. I think you need help to guide you to the path to do that. Unfortunately with the Health Tap setting you might not be able to seek such assistance due to the limitation of space and time. ...Read more

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I've suffer from major depression anxiety stress and insomnia.....how does that affect/effect normal decision making or can I be reliable for a "coher?

I've suffer from major depression anxiety stress and insomnia.....how does that affect/effect normal decision making or can I be reliable for a "coher?

Depression, stress,: and anxiety all impact our decision making. If you are making big life decisions run them by a few trusted friends or relatives first. This is useful advice for all of us. (I don;t know what a "coher" is.) Peace and good health. Please see your doc or a mental health professional if you have not done so yet. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone suffering from constant stress and (ocd) anxiety attacks to have muscle weakness in legs that lasts all day?

Is it possible for someone suffering from constant stress and (ocd) anxiety attacks to have muscle weakness in legs that lasts all day?

Possible: Absolutely possible because anxiety has strong effects on our muscles and systems. Weakness can be prevalent which chronic stress and anxiety. However this by itself is unusual and i would recommend an evaluation to make sure. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine is allowed to the people who suffer from depression, social anxiety and anxiety?

What kind of medicine is allowed to the people who suffer from depression, social anxiety and anxiety?

SSRIs: The class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors is good for depression and anxiety disorders. See your doctor for an evaluation to determine which one would be best for you. ...Read more

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I can't tell the difference between psychosis and bipolar in one relative that suffers severe mood changes depression and too many bad thoughts about others. Which one is he ?

I can't tell the difference between psychosis and bipolar in one relative that suffers severe mood changes depression and too many bad thoughts about others. Which one is he ?

Bipolar manifests: in extreme mood fluctuations. Psychosis is being out of touch w/reality. The bad thoughts you mention may fall into this category. Your friend may be experiencing both. Psychiatric help is necessary to manage this. Good life style choices concerning food, exercise, rest, are also helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Stress and anxiety is always high, does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Stress and anxiety is always high,  does this mean I'm going to drop dead? Have saw reports of chronic stress/anxiety leading to sudden death.

Not necessarely: High stress and anxiety can lead to suddens dath in people with high risk factrs like obesity, sedentary life style, lack of exercise, diebetes, high BP, history of previous HA or stroke. In young healthy person ,High stress can be surprisingly well tolerated ...Read more

Poor Concentration (Definition)

Unable to focus on the task of driving and being easily distracted ...Read more