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Doctor insights on: Normal Depression Vs Abnormal Depression

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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


Dr. Barbara Toohill Dr. Toohill
Clinical Psychology
8 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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24 years old. Normal hormones but have irregular cycles, cystic acne over face/back, hirtuism, cysts on ovaries, insomnia, depression? Cycles 40+ days

24 years old. Normal hormones but have irregular cycles, cystic acne over face/back, hirtuism, cysts on ovaries, insomnia, depression? Cycles 40+ days

Go back to doc...: These are serious symptoms. If hormone panels are normal, it only means your doctor may need to cast the net a little wider in terms of bloodwork including metabolic panels and possible testing for any underlying genetic issues. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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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

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 more

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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

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

Dr. Anne Sagalyn Dr. Sagalyn
Psychiatry
36 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya Dr. Bhattacharya
Clinical Psychology
20 years in practice
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Is it normal to have depression when only 18?

Is it normal to have depression when only 18?

You can have depress: depression at any age, it is not limited to any one group of people, age, culture, religion, sex, religious preference. It is a biological disorder that requires medication or may be due to situational factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I'm 18 and i think I have atypical depression..What do I do?

I'm 18 and i think I have atypical depression..What do I do?

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

Dr. James Fox Dr. Fox
Psychiatry
10 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What is atypical depression?

What is atypical depression?

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 more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How can I know if my moods are normal or depression?

How can I know if my moods are normal or depression?

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

Dr. Donald Hazlett Dr. Hazlett
Psychiatry
50 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is it normal to gain weight when taking depression medications?

Is it normal to gain weight when taking depression medications?

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 more

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Dr. Leonard Lado Dr. Lado
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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How common is teenage depression and how much is normally 'teen angst'?

How common is teenage depression and how much is normally 'teen angst'?

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 more

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis Dr. Lewis
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

How can I tell the difference between the normal winter blues and actual depression?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Is it normal for people with depression to struggle with change and have difficulty adapting?

Is it normal for people with depression to struggle with change and have difficulty adapting?

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

Dr. Andrew Shiller Dr. Shiller
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
22 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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?

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 more

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Dr. Austina Cho Dr. Cho
Psychiatry
22 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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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?

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?

See a therapist: Sometimes people can have symptoms that may be diagnosed as an adjustment disorder in response to major life changes. It would be good to seek help from a therapist or counselor near you. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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??

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

Dr. Patricia Foster Dr. Foster
Psychiatry
40 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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

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 more

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Dr. Steven Griggs Dr. Griggs
Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How do I get help or cure for atypical depression?

How do I get help or cure for atypical depression?

Eval: I recommend a combination of psychiatrist (medications) and psychologist for talking therapy. It is good to have a thyroid function panel, carnitine level and vitamin d panel. ...Read more