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Major depression what is it?

Major depression what is it?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Major depression impacts job, marriage, social situations. This needs to be treated ASAP. Peace and good health. ...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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Who experiences major depression most?

Who experiences major depression most?

Major depression: Lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorder is approximately 16.5%. Females are 70% more likely than males to experience major depression. The average age of onset is 32 years old. There is a genetic contribution, the specific genes have not been identified. It is thought that life stressors interact with this vulnerability to result in major depressive episodes. ...Read more

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Why can't my major depression go away?

Why can't my major depression go away?

Depression is: Treatable. I know that you are on Effexor (venlafaxine) - but don't know what other treatment you have received. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep >. ...Read more

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Is major depression an SSI disability?

Is major depression an SSI disability?

Extremely difficult: You must prove you are severely disabled and can not work at all with support. You get an evaluation by an ssi physician. After evaluation, you be ordered into treatment and fail every kind, including medications, psychotherapy, possibly electroshock therapy. Being on ssi can decrease quality of life because of financial crisis, poor self-esteem, social isolation. Maybe better alternatives exist. ...Read more

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How can major depression affect my work?

How can major depression affect my work?

See Below: Difficulty concentrating, keeping focus, low or lack of motivation, irritability, depending on severity, some people might start skipping showers, or taking care of their basic needs, which inadvertently will affect your work and out-of work relationships. Some people get more angry, having "shorter fuse". If you feel you're being affected, get evaluated and start treatment (meds and psychth). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of major depression?

What are the symptoms of major depression?

Symptoms: Symptoms may incluse: depresses or orritable mood, sleep initiation and/ or early morning waking, oversleeping, decreased appetite, weight loss, de rease in energy, motivation and interest levels. Crying episodes, withdrawn, feelings of hoplessness, helplessness, worthlessness, amhedonia (lack of enjoyment in activities prev enjoyed), diurnal variation, suicidal thoughts, low frustration tolerance. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help my major depression?

Is there a way to help my major depression?

YES: There is definite treatment and hope for someone with Major Depression. Therapy and many types of medications are part of the solution. Also activity and exercise. ...Read more

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What predisposes someone to major depression?

What predisposes someone to major depression?

Multiple Factors: There are several factors that may increase the risk of depression. One of these is a strong family history of severe depression. Also, negative life experiences such as trauma, abuse, and multiple losses can increase this risk. Chronic pain and other medical conditions can play a role, as well as the abuse of substances such as alcohol and illegal drugs. ...Read more

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Do people ever recover from major depression?

Yes, but chronic Rx: Major depression is an episodic but chronic illness for most sufferers. Most people with depression recover with treatment, but many are unable to sustain recovery because they stop treatment prematurely. ...Read more

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How do I treat major depression without medications?

How do I treat major depression without medications?

Therapy: Can be effective, but the time required would be much greater than therapy plus medications. Why not get the best treatment available? ...Read more

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Can people be permanently cured of major depression?

Can people be permanently cured of major depression?

Controlled not cured: Like most illnesses--diabetes thyroid disease hypertension the symptoms are controlled not cured. ...Read more

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How can major depression affect my interests in life?

How can major depression affect my interests in life?

Lower motivation: Symptoms of major depression often include sadness, withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, appetite/weight changes, fatigue, low energy, hopelessness, guilt feelings, and sleep difficulty. Depression can also distort the way events are perceived, resulting in negative self-perceptions and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. ...Read more

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What should I do about my untreated major depression?

What should I do about my untreated major depression?

Get it treated.: See your physician for a comprehensive evaluation. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective. Sometimes medications are recommended. Turn your untreated depression into a treated and resolving depression asap. Take care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of major depression recurrence?

What are the symptoms of major depression recurrence?

Major Dep.: Symptoms are; depressed mood, can't experience pleasure, worthless/guilt/hopeless/hopeless thoughts with self-hatred, withdrawal, poor concentration & memory, poor sex drive, thoughts of death, poor memory, physical complaints, changes in energy/appetite/sleep. Children become irritable, clinging, demanding. Severe cases can show psychotic symptoms such as delusions/hallucinations. ...Read more

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Suffering from major depression and no support, help?

Suffering from major depression and no support, help?

Depression: Reach out to friend, family, clergy and your doctor to ask who in you area treats depression and has a good reputation. Depression can often be treated successfully. Best. ...Read more

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What does clinical depression become major depression?

Semantics: Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria. Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal from major depression, experiences?

Is it possible to heal from major depression, experiences?

Yes, but you will: Need to work on the issues with a good psychologist and psychopharmocologist. It will take time, but people can process and work through issues related to depression. Emdr can help process more severe traumatic experiences. ...Read more

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Which is the best thing to do in cases of major depression?

Which is the best thing to do in cases of major depression?

Seek Tx: Stay on your medication, keep your psychotherapy appointments, or find a psychotherapist asap. Address any changes in your condition with your providers, especially if you have thoughts of self-harm. It is also important with any mood disorders to keep your routine, and look at the events that precipitated your depression. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: major depression?

What is the definition or description of: major depression?

Persistent sadness: Major depression is a mood disorder where a person is persistently sad or depressed for at least two weeks with changes in sleep, appetite and weight. Change in mood could also present as irritability. Low energy or persistent lethargy is also seen. Hopelessness and disinterest in enjoyable activities is common. Suicidal ideation is a sign of worsening depression and warrants immediate attention. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more