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Dr. Caroline Cribari
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Melancholia (Overview)

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


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Can you suffer from bouts of melancholia?

Can you suffer from bouts of melancholia?

Yes: Melancholia is an old term for depression and depression is unfortunately often recurrent and chronic. ...Read more

Dr. Caroline Cribari
550 doctors shared insights

Melancholia (Overview)

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


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I have been diagnosed as melancholia. Has anyone else heard of this?

I have been diagnosed as melancholia. Has anyone else heard of this?

Yes: It is an old term for depression. At one time we thought depression was caused by melancholia -- " black bile". ...Read more

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How does one know if they are officially depressed and need treatment?

How does one know if they are officially depressed and need treatment?

State of mind/see MD: "depression" has become misused for "sad". "officially" diagnose depression for treatment/disability by doctors/psychologists. But, you can understand its nature if you know it's a "state of mind": people feel low energy, motivation, interest, sex drive, purpose, projectionm; irritability, guilt/worthlessness, and can lead to suicidal ideas. Discuss it with md to define severity and your needs. ...Read more

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What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

What are treatments for sexual arousal disorder in depressed women?

Marriage Counseling: Sexual arousal disorders are the most difficult to treat. When you add depression it becomes even harder as most of the anti-depressants have sexual side effects. Of course there may be many causative factors, but generally, there are issues within your relationship that must be dealt with- see a sex therapist, but expect that your doctor will ask a lot of questions about your marriage. ...Read more

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Does our society recognize melancholia?

Depends who is asked: Most people recognize melancholia (depression) is an illness and is treatable. Some however still think of it as a weakness that should be overcome by sheer will power. ...Read more

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Can you suffer from bouts of melancholia?

Yes: Melancholia is an old term for depression and depression is unfortunately often recurrent and chronic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: melancholia?

What is the definition or description of: melancholia?

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

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I have been diagnosed as melancholia. Has anyone else heard of this?

Yes: It is an old term for depression. At one time we thought depression was caused by melancholia -- " black bile". ...Read more