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What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, motivation, apathy but can have a dramatic change from am to pm with much worse mood in the am. Melancolic depression is less responsive to therapy alone and often requires multiple medications or ect. ...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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Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Depression: Melancholia can be a feature of severe depression. Not all severe depressive disorders have this as the main symptom. Although there is a relationship with severity. ...Read more

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Can general anesthia affect a person with major depression? Make them feel more depressed.

Can general anesthia affect a person with  major depression?  Make them feel more depressed.

Yes possible: Genera anesthesa can leave you feeling weak and somnolent. This may make you temp. Depressed. Also hospital stays along with bed rest may increanse depression. Once anesthesia clears your system, you should feel less depressed. Why not discuss this with your dr. ...Read more

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I have major depression an anxiety.. I've tried many dif pills.. Y am i still so depressed an what should I do? I am 27 yrs old. I was diagnosed with major depression an anxiety in 2007.. Till this day it has gotten worse.. In the past 2 yrs I have been h

I have major depression an anxiety.. I've tried many dif pills.. Y am i still so depressed an what should I do? I am 27 yrs old. I was diagnosed with major depression an anxiety in 2007.. Till this day it has gotten worse.. In the past 2 yrs I have been h

Get a second opinion: This sounds like a situation where a second opinion is warranted and if you have not been in therapy you should be. A review of all your lab work and another physical should also be done. If you are sleepy, sleep apnea should be ruled out. ...Read more

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Is evidence of elevated mao enzymes in the brains of clinically depressed people a biological marker of major depression?

Depression: No tests to diagnose depression. It is a clinical diagnosis means by seeing the patient asking question and mental status exam done by a doc. ...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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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?

Depression: You can deal major depression by seeing your psychiatrist regularly; take medications as prescribed, psychological sessions.No drug, alcohol, upper or downers. Choose a hobby. Exercise. Make one friend or family member who you can talk freely. Eat balance. Drink water and no sugary drinks. Make sure no thyroid problem. Take care of other medical problems as they can cause or precipitate depression. ...Read more

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How to treat major depression?

How to treat major depression?

See your doc today..: There are many effective treatments available for depression and i would encourage you to consult your doc as soon as feasible. I think that by knowing/recognizing that you are having a problem is a huge step toward improvement! it is not easy to get motivated when you are down. I would start by talking to your family members, friends, call your doc for eval/treat asap. Don't delay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Yes: Depression causes the loss of brain cells in the limbus system which includes the hippocampi. Treatment, whether medicinal or psychotherapy, triggers the brain to release brain- derived neurotrophic factor, essentially nerve growth factor in the brain which helps return memory to where it was before you got sick. It helps brain cells grow back! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Definition)

This is an old term for depression or dysthymia (mildly low mood), from the belief that it was caused by excess ...Read more