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Living With Severe Depression
A friend is in the hospital from drinking bleach. They have a severe depression & i don't know how much they drank. Is there a chance of them living?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Um, i'm going to send you more details, can I tell you everything that is happening with me, I do not know if its severe depression or not?
Yes: Yes, you can tell us the details but we won't be able to give you a definitive diagnosis or treatment. If you are worried you have severe depression, know that there is treatment that works.Call you doctor and look for a therapist. It's much worse to suffer and wonder alone. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gently: Let them know that they are not alone even if they are the only one in the home. Offer friendship & support. If someone has disabling depression, they may occassionally need a little help in order to continue living independently. Although you aren't taking on the role of caretaker- let the person know you are a telephone call away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lack of Interest: To be diagnosed with major depression, for at least two weeks, one experiences a depressed mood and/or loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities. Other required symptoms are disturbances in sleep, appetite, and concentration, excessive guilt, lack of energy, hopelessness, restlessness and recurring thoughts of death or suicide. Contact your md as effective treatment is available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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