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Normal Depression Vs Abnormal Depression
I had been through a depression which I think I overcame. However, the appetite loss and disturbed sleep (sleep too much, unusual timing) are still persistent. Is that normal ?
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
24 years old. Normal hormones but have irregular cycles, cystic acne over face/back, hirtuism, cysts on ovaries, insomnia, depression? Cycles 40+ days
It's very difficult to make love because of my abnormal Pennis size
All my x n all left me because of this
What to make it normal? Am depressed
Penis Size: There is nothing to do to change your size. You need to worry less about size and worry more about engaging in a relationship that is built on love and trust. In that case sex is a side effect of the relationship, not the relationship itself. Work to have her fall in love with you as a man, not with your organ. Then it doesn't matter at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had my thyroid checked multiple times by previous physician. I had a few come back abnormal, but when checked a couple months later it was normal again. I've recently been even more fatigued, depressed (on anti-depressants), anxiety, gained 60 lbs
An endocrinologist: is the kind of doc to see. They specialize in hormonal imbalances like thyroid. There are natural ways to treat the thyroid but it all needs to be coordinated w/your docs. Peace and good health. ...Read more
See doctor: Your question says you're 18, but your age shows 44. If concerned about depression, you can start by seeing your family physician to review your overall health. S/he will want to make sure you don't have other illnesses which can be confused with depression. If all is well, then you may be referred to a psychiatrist and/or psychologist. Effective treatment is possible. ...Read more
3 differences: Generally speaking, there are three things that differentiate typical from atypical depression. In atypical depression, people often sleep too much, have an increased appetite, and have "emotional reactivity". That is to say, they will feel happy when something good happens, but then return to depression afterward. Maoi's may be more effective in treatment. Emsam is a patch formulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Degree, not kind: People can be sad about events or losses in their lives, and normally go through periods of discomfort or unrest. They can grieve when someone dies, for instance. But if their temporary sadness deepens & extends, and there's complete loss of interest or pleasure plus changes in sleep, energy, & appetite, their condition may be depression. Especially with suicidal thoughts, get help now. ...Read more
It can happen: Older antidepressants , starting with tricyclic antidepressants, cause weight gain. Even the newer ssri's, especially paroxetine, are weight gainers. Three older antidepressants, mirtazapine, Doxepin and trazodone are now used almost exclusively for insomnia and are weight gainers. In long term studies , almost all antidepressants cause weight gain. Least likely to do so is buprprion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teenage depression: A bigger concern is thar teenagers self medicate depression via use of marihuana and this is rising. Cannabis is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs, and despite the widely held belief that it is a safe drug, its long-term use has potentially harmful consequences including the development of psychosis. The use of alcohol and drugs is highly correlated with mood disorders in teenagers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Winter blues: Depression is not seasonal; it persists year round, unless treated. Even then it may take some time to feel "normal". Winter blues is also called seasonal affective disorder (sad); usually occurs in fall & winter, when we have less exposure to sunlight. Sad responds some to antidepressants but even more to full-spectrum light—sun or special light therapy lamps. Even grow lights may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes. When depressed a person may lack the internal reserves to deal with change. It is easier to do rote tasks. They may not have the energy to bring to the table to meet a new challenge. Drive may be low as well as lacking the confidence to make decisions. ...Read more
Is it normal for some one who has depression to put them self down all the time and feel like that person is no body or no good for nothing?
Normal symptoms: It is indeed one of the normal symptoms of depression to have feelings of guilt, no good, at fault, etc. That's why depression is best treated with a combination of meds and cognitive behavior or mindfulness therapies. the idea is to help the person assess and clarify thinking patterns, establish behaviors that are healthy, positive, and contribute to a better view of self and others, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently went through a series of major life changes. My depression has become worse, but only when I'm home. Is this normal? What can I do?
Big let down/depression after incredibly fun weekend w/friends at end of summer events. Clean wknd (no liquor/drugs). Feel VERY down now. Normal??
Not at all bizarre: Congratulations on having great, clean fun w/ friends. Cherish it. It's not uncommon to react as you did, but that does not exactly mean 'normal'. It's possible that some supportive highly skilled talk therapy could help you find ways to optimize your life at this passage phase. Early middle age is often a time to review and renew - especially when there are medical issues or concerns. It can help ...Read more
Is it normal to feel sorry for yourself when you're dealing with bad depression? Why do people try to make you feel bad for feeling sorry for yourself
See answer: Often when people become depressed, underlying personality traits become more pronounced. So that a shy person may become much more withdrawn, self-loathing, while a more outgoing person may become more irritable, complaining etc. Depression isn't a one type fit all disorder. Feeling sorry for yourself is negative thinking. You'll feel better turning that around. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950 I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have completely disconnected with everyone. Even with my gf of 4 years. I feel like I'm out of love. I was recently diagnosed with depression. Normal?
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