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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 definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

What is the definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

Persistently Down: A down mood lasting months or even years most of the time with lack of enthusiasm, much enjoyment of previous activities, pessimistic outlook, less interest in socializing but still able to go through the necessary activities of everyday life albeit with much less energy and drive and not suicidal. Definitely calls for and usually responds to help with psychotherapy and likely medication. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

Post-partum: Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to bond with the baby. ...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?

There are Many: While the medical model for depression, which places a strong emphasis on biochemistry, is necessary, it has drawbacks. It causes some people to feel helpless in doing anything to help their symptoms, despite the benefits of some lifestyle changes. It also locates the cause of the depression as inside the person, when sometimes powerful external forces ('isms) set the stage for it to manifest. ...Read more

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How does a person to leave depression behind without medical help?

Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing & committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, & talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What is the medical term for when someone finds comfort in depression?

What is the medical term for when someone finds comfort in depression?

Several: cognitive distortion. anhedonia (not quite right) abnormal illness behavior (only if someone does something unexpected like go off the meds) ...Read more

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What can you do to make people understand that depression is a medical condition?

Education: This can be difficult as there is such a stigma toward those who have a mental illness. Education is the best tool to increase awareness. There are support groups such as nami and sami that can help educate individuals as well. ...Read more

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Are there other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression?

Are there other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression?

Yes, several: 1) heart disease 2) multiple sclerosis 3) some hormonal disorders 4) thyroid problems 5) strokes 6) brain tumors 7) alzheimer's dementia 8) parkinson's 9) huntington’s 10) traumatic brain injury. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the stress of past medical issues cause depression now?

I'm wondering can the stress of past medical issues cause depression now?

Yes, in the midst of: a medical (or any life challenge) issue we do not have time 2 process the emotional issues that arise. When the crisis passes, our psyche still needs to process what has occurred. Depression is one possible reaction, other symptoms could occur as well. Some people could have a sudden surge of anger, nightmares, or panic attacks. The symptoms are our unconscious' way of getting our attention & help ...Read more

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Can there be any medical process besides that check list assessment to diagnose depression?

Can there be any medical process besides that check list assessment to diagnose depression?

History and physical: The best way to diagnose depression is a complete history and physical evaluation by a trained health professional. Depression can also be associated with many physical conditions and is a part of the grieving process. There are many checklists which may be used to alert doctors to do a more throrough evaluation, but a checklist by itself is relatively meaningless. ...Read more

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Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Do you know of other medical conditions that create similar symptoms to those of depression and anxiety?

Yes- multiple causes: Causes of depression and anxiety can be multifactorial such as : having a positive family history , brain chemistry changes, medical illnesses (i.E thyroid disease), perimenopause, side effects from medications, major life stressors, substance use/abuse and history of abuse/trauma. ...Read more