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Doctor insights on: Melancholia In Children

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What can you tell meabout melancholia?

What can you tell meabout melancholia?

Melancholia: Out dated term
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Melancholia (Definition)

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

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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Is it possible to have depression with melancholia?

Is it possible to have depression with melancholia?

Yes: Melancholic features is one of the specifiers for the diagnoses of major depression. It includes anhedonia, psychomotor retardation, lack of mood reactivity -- your mood doesn't improve even in response to a positive events. If you need diagnosis and treatment, please see a professional. ...Read more

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What songs do you recommend for melancholia people? I always cry over love songs.

What songs do you recommend for melancholia people? I always cry over love songs.

Depends: People differ in their tastes for for music. Listen to the kind that makes you happy, upbeat, positive and energized. ...Read more

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What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, motivation, apathy but can have a dramatic change from am to pm with much worse mood in the am. Melancolic depression is less responsive to therapy alone and often requires multiple medications or ect. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

There can be: Major depressive disorder is diagnosed by having at least 5 symptoms from a list. Melancholic major depressive disorder refers to having certain specific symptoms. The severe classifier refers to how much the symptoms you have interfere with your functioning and your life. Much of the time if you have melanchotic mdd your symptoms are severe but not always. ...Read more

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I am depressed and I feel like I am a burden to my children?

I am depressed and I feel like I am a burden to my children?

Get immediate help: No one should struggle with depression on their own. Please seek the immediate attention of a psychologist or psychiatrist. They can help you diagnose your depression and offer treatment suggestions. Do it for yourself as well as your children. ...Read more

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I'm a female that is 26 years old I have 4 children I weight 260 pounds how do I loss weight please help me I have become depressed about my size

I'm a female that is 26 years old I have 4 children I weight 260 pounds how do I loss weight please help me I have become depressed about my size

Counting: Counting calories and keeping a food journal can be two of the most effective ways to lose weight. Being accountable for what you put in your mouth by writing it down and being aware of calorie values will make you think about what you are eating. It is important to eat a good variety of foods, so as long as you count your calories, nothing necessarily has to be "off-limits". Get a kitchen scale and weigh your foods in order to know exactly how much you are eating and therefore how many calories. The healthiest diets involve whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish and moderate dairy. Sugars and added oils/butter should be used sparingly. You need to eat at least three meals a day, though some people will advocate more frequent, smaller meals. A typical sedentary woman your age needs to eat 1800cal/day. Since you have 4 little ones you are probably running around a bit which means you can probably eat slightly more - up to 2000 cal/day. Good luck! ...Read more

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Might it be possible that a lack of attention from parents cause children to be depressed?

Might it be possible that a lack of attention from parents cause children to be depressed?

Neglect: Neglect or lack of attention can cause problems with attachment, and a sense of loss - bot which can trigger or cause risk for depression - sometimes children will show anger in response, but sometimes this is just a mask for the underlying depression or a negative way to fill the loss of attention. ...Read more

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Which SSRI is best to treat Anxiety/OCD in children. I heard Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase it at first. Is it best choice for anxoius but not depressed but kids?

Which SSRI is best to treat Anxiety/OCD in children. I heard Prozac (fluoxetine) can increase it at first. Is it best choice for anxoius but not depressed but kids?

No SSRI is "best": Medication choices for children are limited. Prozac (fluoxetine) is one that has been approved for Pediatric use and can be effective for both anxiety and depression. A Child Psychiatrist is best equipped to evaluate and decide on the medication needed. The risks of certain dangerous side effects are greater in children and young adults. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My son remains depressed?

My son remains depressed?

Get help for him: Depression is very treatable. Get him in to see his physician and a therapist right away. They will determine what is causing the depression and the best treatment. Often it is medication and therapy. Men are often reluctant to seek help. It may take persuasion. Sometimes positive activity and being in sunlight can help, but he still needs a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm depressed please help?

I'm depressed please help?

Get counsel: First analyze if any external causes provoke your depression. If so, deal with them. Often you might benefit from both counseling and antidepressant medication. Use your support system (family & friends) keep looking forward, not down or backward. Get some exercise. Maintain proper nutrition. Try to sleep the same length of time as before your depression started. ...Read more

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How to know you're depressed?

How to know you're depressed?

Med eval can: Clarify. Depression sx’s can
include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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How to know if I'm depressed?

How to know if I'm depressed?

Depression sx’s can: Include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. Get eval to know. ...Read more

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I need help, I feel depressed?

I need help, I feel depressed?

See your doctor: If you're feeling depressed, please see your physician for a complete health evaluation. Many physical conditions can either mimic or exacerbate depression. You may also need to see a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, since the best results treating depression come from combining talk therapy with antidepressant medications [if those are needed]. ...Read more

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How to tell if you are depressed?

How to tell if you are depressed?

Med eval.: Depressive sx's may
include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. ...Read more