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What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

SSRI: I always try to start with meds that have very well known effectiveness , low side effects, low cost, no habituation risk and once a day dosing.These include : prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa, lexapro, and many others.Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...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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What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs Unipolar: with unipolar depression- antidepressants are the first "go -to" meds. With bipolar depression - mood stabilizers and antispychotics are the first go too's. ...Read more

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What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

Overlapping terms: "chronic depression" simply means the depression has be persistently present for a long time, typically years or longer. "unipolar depression" means that the person only has depression, as opposed to bipolar affective disorder, where both depression & mania occur. The formal terminology is major depression, with various modifiers that describe severity, duration, & persistence, etc.. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

See below: Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' (one pole, one mood). ...Read more

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How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

Mood Swings: By definition bipolar disorder requires the presence of either cycles of alternating mood or severe and debilitating mood swings. In unipolar depression the concern only has to do with depression. ...Read more

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What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

MANY: There are many possibilities of treatment for depression. The categories of medications are; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: prozac celexa zoloft lexapro luvox paxil serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors: cymbalta pristiq effexor wellbutrin viibryd tri-cyclic antidepressants: elavil pamelor imipramine etc so lots of different options so just speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What are the tests for unipolar depression?

What are the tests for unipolar depression?

Unipolar Depression: Also there are depression scales to test for depression, such as the hamilton test & the zung depression scale. Your psychiatrist can provide you with those. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

Depression: Depressed mood, lack of interest, excessive guilt, sleep disturbance, appetite issues, poor attention span and concentration, lack of energy and suicidal thinking. If you have most of these symptoms for more than two to four weeks, you should talk to some one. ...Read more

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What is unipolar depression?

What is unipolar depression?

Depression: "unipolar" depression is in contrast to "bipolar" depression. In unipolar depression, there is no history of mania (periods of speeded-up thinking & talking; high energy & not needing to sleep; expansive feelings & behavior; etc). The person suffers only from depressions -- which may be recurrent -- rather than swinging from depressive "pole" to manic "pole" throughout life. ...Read more

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Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?

That is not quite: How it works. A person with bipolar disorder has periods of markedly ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, elated or irritable mood as well as separate periods of low mood & energy. (a mixed state is also possible).However, I have seen bipolar individuals who over the years, developed one long, chronic depressive episode. Their manic or hypomanic episodes can sort of die out over time. But it is still >>. ...Read more

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I am new to this app, trying to figure out if I'm able to receive treatment for anxiety and depression? Also, my kids are young (3 and 1) so wondering if I can get precise answers (e.g. How to calculate correct dosage on an OTC med that doesn't have their

I am new to this app, trying to figure out if I'm able to receive treatment for anxiety and depression? Also, my kids are young (3 and 1) so wondering if I can get precise answers (e.g. How to calculate correct dosage on an OTC med that doesn't have their

Read the site info: This public site can provide general medical information.You submit background info and ask a related question.We do not diagnose or treat anyone for anything from this public site.If you sign up for the HT Prime site, and find a willing doc in your state, they may be able to chat with you and provide personal guidance. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter med works best for depression?

What over-the-counter med works best for depression?

Exercise: Depression is best treated with a combination of talk therapy and antidepressants. Exercise, good sleep, and good nutrition are the best otc remedies. ...Read more

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Natural over the counter medication for anti anxiety/ depression ? For severe anxiety

Natural over the counter medication for anti anxiety/ depression ? For severe anxiety

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Scientists have discovered any over-the-counter medications for depression?

Scientists have discovered any over-the-counter medications for depression?

Depression: There are no over the counter pharmaceuticals for depression, but there are some herbal medications and supplements. St.John's wort has good evidence for effectiveness in mild-moderate depression, but not more severe cases. Sam-e is another possible help. It's best to have an evaluation of your depression by your family doctor or a psychiatrist first, though, to determine the severity. ...Read more

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Hi there! Are there any effective over the counter drugs for depression and anxiety?

Hi there! Are there any effective over the counter drugs for depression and anxiety?

No: Sorry, but there are none. Talk w/ a Dr if possible for referral and please consider that talk therapy improves or can even avoid Rx treatment for many cases. Seek a good one for you to trust and to help decide if you need a drug. ...Read more

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Are there any good over-the-counter anti-anxiety/depression medicine?

Are there any good over-the-counter anti-anxiety/depression medicine?

A few: For starters, you really need a good evaluation to determine the severity of your anxiety and depression. Over the counter medicines are only documented to "work" for these conditions when mild to moderate. In that situation, though, sometimes st johns' wort or sam-e can help. In conjunction you want to be eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and engaging with others in your life. ...Read more

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I take sertraline150mg & propranolol40mg for depression & anxiety but lately feel panicky worse so. Can I take over-the-counter stuff to help me plz?

I take sertraline150mg  & propranolol40mg for depression & anxiety but lately feel panicky worse so. Can I take over-the-counter stuff to help me  plz?

Be careful: You probably should not mix over the counter meds with your prescriptions. See your doctor for a proper evaluation to make sure there isn't something more serious going on. ...Read more

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Do you know any over-the-counter supplement or vitamins that counter depression?

Do you know any over-the-counter supplement or vitamins that counter depression?

Sometimes: St/ johns wort has been used successfullyby some. Others don't get relief. More to the point is that fighting serious depression alone is very hard, and it's no shame to get help. There are a lot ofkinds of depression so help comes best from someone who is experienced. Consider counseling. Talk with your doctor about what you can do. ...Read more

Dr. Mary Ann Ty
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Unipolar Depression (Definition)

Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' ...Read more