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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)

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


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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?

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?

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 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 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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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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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