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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Depression

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Do I have depression?

Do I have depression?

Depression signs: Include being down most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in activities, unintended increase/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. Talk to your physician or a mental health professional to decide. ...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 cause depression?

What cause depression?

Causes of depression: Include a genetic component that increases your risk when a blood relative has depression, distressing experiences combined with dysfunctional negative thinking and beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to withdrawing socially & reducing pleasurable & rewarding activities. Cultivating an optimistic, resilient attitude that sees problems as solvable challenges help prevent depression. ...Read more

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What is teen depression?

What is teen depression?

Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality. ...Read more

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How to avoid depression?

How to avoid depression?

Smile...: Depression has many causes. While genetics and environment play a role, one's outlook on life is dependent on thier support systems, coping mechanisms and self image. I would recommend keeping company with positive people, exercise regularly, and take time for yourself every day. Look at the cup as always half full and smile. If you have thoughts of hurting yourself or others seek help. ...Read more

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How to fight depression?

Task Completion: If you are able, undertake a task that you know for sure you can finish. When we complete a project, even something small like washing the dishes or organizing a closet, our brains release the same chemicals produced by the prescription antidepressants. So often, reactive depression is associated with events that take away our initiative and make us procrastinate, and this is what we must fight! ...Read more

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Is depression hereditary?

Is depression hereditary?

Yes: Genetic studies have shown that risk for both major depression and bipolar disorder is inherited. Having a parent or sibling with one of these disorders increases the likelihood of developing it. I don't think this is true for postpartum depression. ...Read more

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How to manage depression?

How to manage depression?

Depression: Depression is a serious and treatable illness. Please seek an evaluation with a mental health professional for medications and therapy for your depression. In many cases, the combination of both treatments work better than either one alone. Good luck! ...Read more

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What's mental depression?

What's mental depression?

Beyond saddnedss: Period of two weeks where one experiences depressed mood or loss of interest and at least 5 of the following: disturbances in sleep (excessive most often), apathy, withdrawal, isolation, hopelessness, thoughts of death or suicide, lack of energy, impaired concentration, lethargy. Treated best with psychotherapy in combination with antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is mixed depression?

What is mixed depression?

Bipolarity: Unipolar depression is characterized by psychomotor retardation, loss of interest in usually enjoyed activities, amotivational periods. The flip side is periods of extremely active, often extremely productive activate, as seen by such people as ted turner. If one has bipolar depression and it qis treated for what presents as unipolar depression, the manic phase can rear it's scary head. ...Read more

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