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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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Help docs, is having mood swings a part of my depression?

Help docs, is having mood swings a part of my depression?

Could be: Mood swings, especially lower mood (sadness, depression) are common with Depressive Disorder. However, if the mood swings are in an upward direction (agitation, anger, mania) it is likely to represent a bipolar condition to discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Can topamax (topiramate) help depression ,feeling spaced out , mood swings ?

It has it's benefits: Topamax (topiramate) is an anti seizure medication that has some mood stabizing properties. It may help prevent or reduce migraine headaches. It tends to promote weight loss. It is not an antidepressant nor is it an anti mania drug. It might help reduce alcohol drinking and it might help reduce cocaine use in cocaine users. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a a teenager has depression or just extreme hormonal mood swings?

How can I tell if a a teenager has depression or just extreme hormonal mood swings?

Har to say.: Hard to say. Teen years can be a time of marked anguist. Possible depressive signs/ sxs: isolation, anger, irritability. Poor self esteem, , self-mutilation, drop in grades, opposition, drug or alcohol use, risk -taking, sadness, change in sleep pattern, weight loss or gain & loss of interest in activities are all possible symptoms. Be sure to check for thoughts of suicide. Eval may be best option. ...Read more

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Are there any natural foods/and or supplements that can help a person cope with depression and mood swings?

Are there any natural foods/and or supplements that can help a person cope with depression and mood swings?

Don't Rely on Herbs: Many seek out st. John's wart for depression from health food stores. Research has show such a wild variation in the active ingredients measured in such minimally regulated products. Products have been actually found to contain none of the active ingredient, hypericum. Such supplements cost more than reliable generic antidepressants. Depression is serious. Don't gamble with herbs. See your md. ...Read more

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Why does my Abilify (aripiprazole) make me so tierd, what else should I take for my depression and mood swings?

Drug side effects: Abilify (aripiprazole), (aripiprazole) even though it is well portrayed as an idyllic add-on for resistant depression in the well done tv and print ads, is one of a class of major psychiatric medications called the "atypical antipsychotics." ever member of this class can dope you up and fog you out. The ideal dose of Abilify (aripiprazole) for anti-depressant augementation is in the neighborhood of 2 mg - 5 mg. ...Read more

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Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

In addition to the: medical advice already given,please see a mental health professional for evaluation for possible Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,especially if you are trying to ward off impending danger that you may not even be able to identify. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Taking nexito 20,qutipin 100 for 6 months with addition of d-veniz 50 for last 10 days .still having depression and mood swings too often .what to do?

Taking nexito 20,qutipin 100 for 6 months with addition of d-veniz 50 for last 10 days .still having depression and mood swings too often .what to do?

Depression: Your post shows that you're in India so it's best that you follow up w/your Family Doc or Psychiatrist there. Nexito is Peruvian brand of escitalopram (http://goo.gl/Eb1OTt). Qutipin is Chilean or South Korean brand of quetiapine (http://goo.gl/HMU23t). Veniz is Myanmarian brand of venlafaxine (http://goo.gl/K8t9wq). There are many other options besides these three. Also ask about counseling, too. ...Read more

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I've been feeling joyless, worthless, useless, and unloved, for a couple weeks.I laugh sometimes but i fast get that state back.Mood swings or depression?

I've been feeling joyless, worthless, useless, and unloved, for a couple weeks.I laugh sometimes but i fast get that state back.Mood swings or depression?

What happened?: Feeling this way for a couple weeks could be a lower mood due to some event in your life, although 2 weeks is often considered criterion for clinical depression. Check with your doctor, since there are various medical reasons for these symptoms. ...Read more

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Depression, headache, mood swings , dizziness, wht causing them all?

Needs info: These symptoms can have many different causes. I dont know if you're on drugs, emotionallysensitive, under stress or entering a bipolar episode. You reallyought to talk to your dr and ask for a referral to a therapist if he doesn't figure it out right away. ...Read more

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Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

No: Manic depression is a serious mental disorder which leads to more than mood swings. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. * Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Bipolar diagnosis: Mood shifts or swings can happen for many reasons, eg, situational or stress, anxiety, ADD, hormonal, neurological, depression, medications, drugs etc. See a qualified mental health professional for a proper evaluation. Medical factors must be ruled out. See: https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/kidshealth/9851216084755bb2/index.html I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Severe mood swings, anger and depression. Where can I get help?

Depends: Micronutrient deficiencies or neurotransmitter imbalances can play a part in mood. An integrative medicine doctor or nd can help sort that out. Neurofeedback can train your brain to work better. A psychiatrist can figure out prescription meds to help until other measures kick in. Therapy can also help. http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/cbtstep1.htm. ...Read more

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Are there any good OTC meds to help with mood swings or depression?

Are there any good OTC meds to help with mood swings or depression?

Depends: Currently there is no miracle over the counter for depression. St. John's wort was previously thought to be effective, but hasn't been consistently proven. Also, dosages in over the counter preparations can be very variable since they're not regulated. If you are vitamin deficient(d, b12), or omega-3 deficient ("good fats"), you may or may not feel better by supplementing. ...Read more

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Why do I have dramatic and sudden mood swings and severe depression?

This can't be: diagnosed without a thorough psychiatric evaluation. Your symptoms suggest a mood disorder. Would encourage prompt assessment. ...Read more

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Bad mood swings and bad depression after my dog passes away is that normal?

Bad mood swings and bad depression after my dog passes away is that normal?

Very normal: It is normal to have that sort of reaction from such a traumatic event. It takes time to grieve and people do it in different ways. ...Read more

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Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxious Depression?: Or maybe a bipolar type of anxious depression? Is this a new problem? Is there loss of energy, drive and motivation? Are the mood swings random or are they caused by stress you can identify? Severe anxiety alone can cause most of those symptoms. Concentration is generally not good in anxiety and depression. Talk to your physician or see a counselor for an evaluation. They can help you solve it. ...Read more

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On zismirt for depression was also on serequel not now finding mood swings get very angry ?

On zismirt for depression was also on serequel not now finding mood swings get very angry ?

Bipolar?: Check with your doc the antidepressant alone may be pushing you into a high without the sequel to keep a lid on things ...Read more

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I've had crazy side effects coming off lexapro- crazy dreams, mood swings, is this depression again?

I've had crazy side effects coming off lexapro- crazy dreams, mood swings, is this depression again?

Not necessarily: Going on and coming off of antidepressant can have consequences. Going on can result in a brief period of dreams or nightmares that clears quickly. Coming off of antidepressants can have a resurgence of the dreaming which goes away, but true withdrawal symptoms can also occur. If depression shows up after you have been off of the antidepressant, most likely it's a return of your depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more