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What is the definition or description of: depression?

What is the definition or description of: depression?

Depression signs: Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal thoughts/plans require immediate help. ...Read more

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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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Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Is the definition for depression in teenagers the same as an adult?

Basically yes: But there are certain things that adults do that kids do differently. Little kids may complain about stomach aches and other pains. Essentially, the way kids express depression changes with the age of the child. Little kids aren't very good at understanding their feelings. So, they know they feel lousy, but have no idea why. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: major depression?

What is the definition or description of: major depression?

Persistent sadness: Major depression is a mood disorder where a person is persistently sad or depressed for at least two weeks with changes in sleep, appetite and weight. Change in mood could also present as irritability. Low energy or persistent lethargy is also seen. Hopelessness and disinterest in enjoyable activities is common. Suicidal ideation is a sign of worsening depression and warrants immediate attention. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: situational depression?

What is the definition or description of: situational depression?

It just means: The depression is caused by a specific situation that is plausibly related to feeling depressed. Situational depression is usually easier to resolve than depression that seems unrelated to any life circumstances. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

What is the definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

Persistently Down: A down mood lasting months or even years most of the time with lack of enthusiasm, much enjoyment of previous activities, pessimistic outlook, less interest in socializing but still able to go through the necessary activities of everyday life albeit with much less energy and drive and not suicidal. Definitely calls for and usually responds to help with psychotherapy and likely medication. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: postpartum depression?

Post-partum depressi: Is a form of mild to moderate depression that occurs within 1 month after delivery & can last up to 6 months. Usual causes are past history of depression, hormonal factors, genetic factors, complications during pregnancy, or social factors. Prognosis is good with treatment. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

Depression: Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs any time within the first year after delivery, although it usually happens within the first 4-5 weeks postpartum. Some symptoms include irritabiity, anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety or panic (especially about one's ability to care for the child), & ambivalent feelings toward the baby. If you think you may have ppd, seek help from your ob. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Depression in pregnancy?

Post-partum: Depression does exist during pregnancy and after. When it occurs after birth it is called post-partum depression or blues. There are different intensity categories from mild to severe. Severe post-partum depression can include suicidal ideation and a desire to separate or/and a lack of desire to bond with the baby. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Persistent depressed mood?

What is the definition or description of: Persistent depressed mood?

Typically this: Refers to more than two weeks and is not solely based upon an external event. Grief from loss of a loved one would not qualify in this case, even though the depressed mood was protracted. Usually this description is reserved for chronic depression and should be treated by a mental health pro. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Teen depression: Is harder to diagnose than depression in adults. All teens have some moodiness and rapid mood swings which can be similar to depression. If you are concerned about a teenager you know consider speaking with a psychologist about your concerns and possibly set up an evaluation for the teen. If a teen is extremely isolated and lacking interest in life (possibly suicidal) get help asap. ...Read more

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What can I do for depression?

What can I do for depression?

Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

Common: Symptoms of depression are sadness, fatigue, low drive, isolation, avoidance of others, poor appetite, poor sleep, irritability etc. If you have any or most of these symptoms see a doctor for a full diagnosis and begin some treatment plan. ...Read more

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Have really bad depression, please help?

Have really bad depression, please help?

Please seek medical: Evaluation and treatment. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some biological leads to of depression?

Biological causes: Biological causes of depression include differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes and illnesses (i.e. Hypothyroidism) which adversely affect the level of one's hormones or brain chemistry. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Multiple causes: Refers to a mood condition typified by the presence of a combination of symptoms including loss of interest, sad mood, appetite& weight changes, low energy, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, guilt or shame with or without feelings of hopelessness and despair. In severe cases suicidal thoughts and/or psychosis may also be present. Most commonly used to describe mdd & bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

It is treatable: The condition involves depressed or sad mood, changes in eating habits, lack of interest, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and changes in sleep patterns. Sufferers may experience one or many of these symptoms. Most severely, depression may lead to feelings of hopelessness and a desire to harm oneself or others. Fortunately, the condition is treatable. ...Read more

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