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What percentage of women take/have taken some kind of medicine for depression?

What percentage of women take/have taken some kind of medicine for depression?

CDC Study: A recent cdc study showed that more than 1 in 10 people have taken antidepressants. For women aged 40-59, nearly 1 in 4 are taking antidepressants. Less than 1/3 of these people had seen a mental health professional. Www. Usatoday. Com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-10-19/cdc-antidepressant-use-skyrocketed-in-past-20-years/50826442/1. ...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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Will using medicines for depression and anxiety more than two months at age 28 will cause any effects in future?

Will using medicines for depression and anxiety more than two months at age 28 will cause any effects in future?

Sure: Using medications for depression and anxiety will lead to a less depressed and less anxious future. Life will be happier... or else therapeutic plan adjustments with one's psychiatrist are needed. ...Read more

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I have depression and it's starting to get worse and worse. I look sad all the time. If I start taking medicine for depression will my face go back?

I have depression and it's starting to get worse and worse. I look sad all the time. If I start taking medicine for depression will my face go back?

Need more info: I understand you have depression but it is important to know how long has it been for, previous treatments, etc. It might be better to go to your Family Physician for advice and support. ...Read more

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Which medicine for depression is the least likely to cause the side effect of apathy? Thanks

Which medicine for depression is the least likely to cause the side effect of apathy? Thanks

If you have: Atypical depressive disorder - wellbutrin (bupropion) may be helpful in this respect. The decision of best medication choice should be made mindfully with your psychiatrist's input. ...Read more

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What is the advantage of using medicines for depression, as you will feel sleepy all time all dep. Medicines has this side effect?

What is the advantage of using medicines for depression, as you will feel sleepy all time all dep. Medicines has this side effect?

Don't give up on med: This is not necessarily true. Most people can tolerate antidepressant medications. Sometimes it is necessary to start with a very low dosage. The time of taking the pill might be important. The tiredness can be due to other causes or even the depression itself.
Discuss with your doctor ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a very low to no sex drive when on medicine for depression?

Is it normal to have a very low to no sex drive when on medicine for depression?

It's possible: Certain anti-depressant medications, such as lexapro, (escitalopram) can completely decrease one's sexual desire. Speak to your doctor to switch to another medication or to change the dosage if this is occurring. Do not do this on your own. Also add exercise and sunshine to decrease depression. ...Read more

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Suggest me a medicine for depression. I m feeling ver sad and helpless. My body also shakes when I m very sad. I don't want to see psychatrist.

Suggest me a medicine for depression. I m feeling ver sad and helpless. My body also shakes when I m very sad. I don't want to see psychatrist.

Untreated depression: Untreated depression can get much worse, and it sounds like you're reaching the "hopeless" end of the spectrum here. Why don't you want to see a psychiatrist? We mean well. You can of course start working with a psychologist -- therapy is essential anyway. Your primary care physician can prescribe an antidepressant. But if your symptoms worsen, specialty (psychiatrist) care may still be needed. ...Read more

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After takings medicine of depression for 4 years and astamatic puf for 9 years now I am 37 I feal weakness in legs and some resslessness too much?

After takings medicine of depression for 4 years and astamatic puf for 9 years now I am 37 I feal weakness in legs and some resslessness too much?

Medications: Some medications for depression and for asthma can lead to restlessness. Depression can also lead to feelings of weakness and/or restlessness. Please see a psychiatrist for a review of your medications and how you are with them. Some changes or adjustments may be needed. ...Read more

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L am in pain everyday in my muscle and joints, nothing works. All my tests are normal. No pain medicine or depression drugs work, what I can do?

L am in pain everyday in my muscle and joints, nothing works. All my tests are normal. No pain medicine or depression drugs work, what I can do?

FIBROMYALGIA: It sounds that you have fibromyalgia, it is commonly in women who complain of chronic, widespread body pain and may cause disturbed sleep and insomnia.
If pain killers and anti-depressants can not help, physical therapy and chiropractor may be tried also cognitive behavioral therapy can help. ...Read more

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What are good ways to obtain medicine for my depression?

What are good ways to obtain medicine for my depression?

Meet with your Dr.: Tell your doctor about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep & appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let your doctor know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. Ask your doctor about what tx is best and inquire about medications. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been in depression almost a year. Can medicines help cure depression? If yes, what types?

I have been in depression almost a year. Can medicines help cure depression? If yes, what types?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. Medication may help symptoms ...Read more

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Currently I eating fluxil medicine for my depression. But can I know the medicine will affect no appetite? And also, I had lost 3kg in a week.

Currently I eating fluxil medicine for my depression. But can I know the medicine will affect no appetite? And also, I had lost 3kg in a week.

Please clarify: What is the dose of Fluxil that you take? How was your appetite before you started taking it? How long have you been taking it? Did you lose weight after you started taking it? Please be as specific as possible and resubmit your question. All the best to you. ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for bipolar depression?

What is a good medicine for bipolar depression?

Bipolar depression: While depression can be treated by an antidepressant, need to be careful of going mania. so mood stabilizers are the best options for this. Lamictal, Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol among others. Lamictal helps Bipolar depression while others help stabilize mood from going into mania. Need to cover with mood stabilizer in addition to depression Rx. See a psychiatrist to help with med selection ...Read more

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Hello! Are there any natural medicines for bipolar depression that work? Thank u

Hello! Are there any natural medicines for bipolar depression that work? Thank u

MAYBE: If by "natural" you mean non medicinal then it all depends on how severe the depression is and are you taking any medications for the bipolar disorder. Want a good eating and sleeping regimen. Get sunlight for vitamin d and exercise daily. This is just healthy living good for everyone. ...Read more

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I had take medicine of anti-depression (zoloft (sertraline)) for many years, but recently I have stopped the medicine for two month, if is there any risk?

I had take medicine of anti-depression (zoloft (sertraline)) for many years, but recently I have stopped the medicine for two month, if is there any risk?

Hard to say: One risk for someone stopping their antidepressant medication is that the person could become depressed and even suicidal. That would clearly be the greatest risk. There are no real medical problems which would be a threat from stopping zoloft (sertraline). Often, patients say that stopping a medication like this abruptly causes a feeling as though they are receiving an electric shock that lasts a few days. ...Read more

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What is the safest and most responsive medicine to get for depression?

That depends: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors for classic depression. Wellbutrin (bupropion) for atypical depression, mood stabilizers for bipolar depression. Atypical antipsychotic for a psychotic depression. ...Read more

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Please suggest the best medicine for anxiety and depression?

Not one: There is no 1 best medicine. Depending on your personal situation a doctor can decide what is better for you. ...Read more

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Are there any good herbal medicines to help with depression?

Are there any good herbal medicines to help with depression?

Not really: St johns has a lot of interaction with medication and surgery and takes a while to get out of system. Aerobic exercise and avoiding processed foods and poorly balanced diet are of great benefit. ...Read more

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What should I need to do to get medicine for anxiety and depression.?

What should I need to do to get medicine for anxiety and depression.?

Evaluation: You should first have an evaluation by a doctor to determine your diagnosis and rule out any underlying medical issues which can mimic these illnesses. If you do have depression/anxiety, there are a variety of treatments available - medication or not. If you want medication, ask your doctor so you can discuss all of your options. ...Read more

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What's the best medicine for anxiety and depression that has low or no side effects?

What's the best medicine for anxiety and depression that has low or no side effects?

There is no best: Choice. But SSRI's are effective with both anxiety & depression and tend to be well tolerated. ...Read more

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What's the optimal non medicine treatment for severe depression?

Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements (5 htp, same and st john's wort). I can't really say there is one particular treatment that is the best. Often for severe depression a combination treatment of medication and therapy is beneficial. If you are having suicidal thoughts it is recommended that you seek medical help immediately. ...Read more

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Best medicines for mental stress depression and lever problems in india.

Best medicines for mental stress depression and lever problems in india.

The best plan: Will be worked out with your personal physician. Stress and depression are complex issues, and one cannot make even general medication recommendations without understanding you whole health picture, especially as it relates to your liver problem. ...Read more

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Are there side effects of isotretinoin that will persist even after discontinuation of the medicine? Like IBD and depression?

NO: Studies fail to link this med with IBD or depression. What is routinely seen is HAPPINESS as the acne resolves. All side effects are gone in 1 or 2 weeks. Do whatever you must do to QUIT SMOKING. The sooner the better. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Can the ADHD medicine Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) cause depression?

Can the ADHD medicine Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) cause depression?

Yes: One of the side effects that are carefully monitored for in people on stimulant medications for ADHD is mood disorders, including depression. It is important that your prescribing physician be made aware of how you are feeling ASAP. Best wishes..... ...Read more

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Dear sir, which type of medicine is for GI depression. SSRI and snri not working?

Dear sir, which type of medicine is for GI depression. SSRI and snri not working?

GI depression?: Start with a so called "low GI Diet" (basically health foods). There is a lot written on the subject. Clearly the GI tract and the brain are in many ways linked. ...Read more

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What are the methods to manage SLE & DVT other than medication? Does those medicines result in occasional depression? ?

What are the methods to manage SLE & DVT other than medication? Does those medicines result in occasional depression? ?

Please follow your: Doctor's advice, SLE/DVT are serious medical conditions and need to be followed by a professional, you can a second or even third opinion, but in the end you have to stick with a doctor's plan and follow up, good luck ...Read more