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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Overview)

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.


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How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

It Varies: Severe psychotic depression cn potentially last for several months or even longer. Obviously, this can lead to significant and sometimes life-threatening problems. That is why this type of difficulty needs to be treated aggressively to try to help people return to a normal level of functioning. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
476 doctors shared insights

Major Depression (Overview)

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.


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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 Crying episodes, withdrawn, feelings of hoplessness, helplessness, worthlessness, amhedonia (lack of enjoyment in activities prev enjoyed), diurnal variation, suicidal thoughts, low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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Living with Major Depression (Tip)

Living with Major Depression

Please seek the help of a medical professional for therapy. ...See more

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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Can someone tell me if suicide is a sign of major depression?

Can someone tell me if suicide is a sign of major depression?

Can be: Suicide can be a sign of major depression, but other mental illnesses can also lead to suicide. Anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, severe eating disorders, personality disorders, etc are some of them. ...Read more

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Could my highly irregular and long lasting periods be contributing to my diagnosis of major depression?

Possible: Physical problems can have an effect on psychiatric conditions. Chronic pain, even infections can be factors in level of psychiatric symptoms. ...Read more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss with your doctor your symptoms and get help
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Ask for a counseling referral. Talk therapy is key.
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Ask if you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily. If having trouble, start slow with a daily walk.
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I was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety, how do you know it's a chemical inbalance?

I was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety, how do you know it's a chemical inbalance?

No tests for such: We infer a brain chemical imbalance by the observation that treatments that augment certain chemicals in the brain ameliorate major depression and anxiety. There are, however, no clinically useful tests to measure brain chemicals in depression. Brain levels of Dopamine on pet scans are slightly increased in schizophrenia (scz), but overlap with normals and can't discriminate scz from normal. ...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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Antidepressant medication question i'm currently taking wellbutrin for my major depression. I'm also taking trazadone for sleeping. I want to stop taking trazadone, can't sleep anymore. I used to take quetiapine fumarate for years but after blood test,

Antidepressant medication question i'm currently taking wellbutrin for my major depression.  I'm also taking trazadone for sleeping.  I want to stop taking trazadone, can't sleep anymore.  I used to take quetiapine fumarate for years but after blood test,

Sleep medicine doc: You should consult with a sleep medicine doctor. There are over 80 sleep disorders. I am boarded in psychiatry and sleep medicine, so I do both. Twenty percent of people with depression also have sleep apnea, and vice versa. It sometimes takes a team. Your insomnia diagnostic work-up is incomplete unless you have already seen a sleep specialist. Sweet dreams! ...Read more

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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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