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Doctor insights on: Living With Severe Depression

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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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Symptoms of severe depression?

Severe depression: Loss of interest in things you previously enjoyed; sad mood most days; changes in appetite (either less or more); changes in energy (lethargic and flat, or anxious/agitated); changes in sleep (either too much, or disturbed -- especially with early morning awakening). Extremely negative thoughts about self & others; intense guilt; suicidal thoughts, etc. Psychiatrists & psychologists can help. ...Read more

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Does ect treat severe depression?

Does ect treat severe depression?

Definitely!: Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has a success rate of over 80% among patients with severe depression whose illness failed to respond even to multiple attempts at medication therapy. Its success rate is closer to 90% for the type of depression (called melancholic depression) that entails loss of appetite, slowing down of activity and speech, and insomnia. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe depression?

What can I do for severe depression?

Get Help: Severe depression is dangerous because it can not only disrupt your life, it can even make you want to end your life. If it's already this severe, you need an emergency evaluation. If not yet to that point, you can see an outpatient psychiatrist who can take a full history and make suggestions for treatment. Ideally this starts with psychotherapy, but antidepressants may also be needed to help. ...Read more

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What are signs of severe depression?

What are signs of severe depression?

See below: Signs of depression vary. The person may have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. Maybe sleeping a lot. The appetite maybe very decreased or increased, as well as the weight. There is a sense of hopelessness and a loss of enjoyment. Most of the time , there will be isolation. Of course the most worrisome sign would be thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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What is severe depression medication?

What is severe depression medication?

Agree w Dr. Howell: Major depression may be treated with different classes of antidepressants( selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepineprhine reuptake inhibitors, mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics & bupropion. Tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors are often used off- label now (rather than for depression). ...Read more

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I have severe depression need relief?

I have severe depression need relief?

Seek psychiatric or: Psychological evaluation. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night ; eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try acupuncture or tai chi. ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe depression?

I am suffering from severe depression?

What started it?: Many things at your age.. social and hormonal changes occurring, family issues.Taking any meds or drugs ? Diet can also be a huge factor. You need to talk with a caring non-judgemental Dr who will help you honestly explore these areas (in private - no parent or friend allowed), and order some labs (cmp, cbc, thyroid tests, B12). Also-increase exercise, sunlight & tryptophan in diet. Turn off TV ...Read more

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Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Is severe depression a hereditary issue?

Often: There are many families that have long histories of depression. Often they show up as substance abuse or alcoholism as family members self treat themselves in destructive ways. Bipolar disease has been shown to run in families. ...Read more

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What do you do for severe depression tomorrow?

What do you do for severe depression tomorrow?

Severe Depression: Ask your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist and also to a clinical psychologist, one for possible medications and the other for psychotherapy. Best. ...Read more

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