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What is the definition or description of: depression?

What is the definition or description of: depression?

Depression signs: 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 thoughts/plans require immediate help. ...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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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Basically yes: But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently. Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why. ...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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What is the definition or description of: situational depression?

What is the definition or description of: situational depression?

It just means: The depression is caused by a specific situation that is plausibly related to feeling depressed. Situational depression is usually easier to resolve than depression that seems unrelated to any life circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

See below: Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' (one pole, one mood). ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

Depression: Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs any time within the first year after delivery, although it usually happens within the first 4-5 weeks postpartum. Some symptoms include irritabiity, anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety or panic (especially about one's ability to care for the child), & ambivalent feelings toward the baby. If you think you may have ppd, seek help from your ob. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: postpartum depression?

Post-partum depressi: Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months. Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors . Prognosis is good with treatment. ...Read more

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Please describe the medical explanation for depression?

Please describe the medical explanation for depression?

Multiple causes: There are multiple causes of depression such as a family history of depression, medical illnesses (i.E hypothyroidism), neurochemical imbalance, side effects from medications, major life stressors, death/loss, substance use and history of abuse. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of the medical model for depression?

What are the disadvantages of the medical model for depression?

Medical model dep.: Even with best research and modern technology, high percentage of patients do not do well on medications. ...Read more

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