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How can I tell if I have reactive attachment disorder? I have symptoms of persistent depressed mood.

How can I tell if I have reactive attachment disorder? I have symptoms of persistent depressed mood.

Assessment: If you have persistent depressed mood you should get a full workup including physical and mental. Reactive attachment disorder is very rare but very serious, the good news is that there is treatment for it. I'm sorry you've been feeling so depressed for so long, but there is help for you. This is a great place to start, but you need and deserve individualized attention. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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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I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

Combination rx, ECT: Severe depression unresponsive to the usual meds is called "treatment resistant." strategies include maximizing dosages & "augmenting" with additional meds. Electroconvulsive treatment (ect, "shock treatment") is very effective in extreme cases, esp. If delusions are present. Short of this, I often tell patients that if meds alone haven't worked, try meds plus psychotherapy (safe, often helps). ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my depression?

How do I get rid of my depression?

Eval: It is important to distinguish if you have a depressed mood or if you haveclinical depression. This could be assessed by a psychiatrist or a doctoral level clinical psychologist. Once this is done you can see what options are appropriate. Possibilities: cognitive behavioral therapy, psychiatric medications, supportive therapy, group therapy, acupuncture, etc. Good luck. ...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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How can I tell if I have reactive attachment disorder? I have symptoms of persistent depressed mood.

Assessment: If you have persistent depressed mood you should get a full workup including physical and mental. Reactive attachment disorder is very rare but very serious, the good news is that there is treatment for it. I'm sorry you've been feeling so depressed for so long, but there is help for you. This is a great place to start, but you need and deserve individualized attention. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Why am I always in a depressed mood at work?

Re-evaluate/vacation: When was the last time you were on vacation or took a time off work. (i don't mean working from home or telecommute, I mean really taking time off)? Re-evaluate your work, responsibilities, take a vacation. Find a career counselor to figure out your career path. ...Read more

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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

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Why am I always in a bad or depressed mood this year?

Talk to a therapist: Good question! A mental health evaluation will provide the answer. ...Read more

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What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

Cyclothymia also: I agree with drs. Fox and ali -- but want to add cyclothymia also in the mood disorders. It causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type I or ii. It is not very common but starts in teen years -- and stable periods last less than 2 months. Can bring about all kinds of difficulties, if untreated. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depression and low mood?

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Is there a difference between depression and low mood?

Low mood: Low mood or anhedonia is a symptom with many possible causes. Clinical depression is a constellation of of signs and symptoms such as anhedonia, anergia, change in appetite/sleep, etc. ...Read more

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Can listening to music really improve depression and mood?

Can listening to music really improve depression and mood?

Absolutely: Music therapy may aid in relaxation and decreased anxiety. It may also help a person with anxiety and trouble with sleep onset be able to get proper rest. Proper rest and decrease in anxiety symptoms will aid depression. Also, with depression treatment, you should make time for yourself to do enjoyable activities, such as music, if you like it. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

Possibly: I am not sure how you are using the term "depressive mood disorders." depression (major depression) is one of the depressive disorders, but there are other types. So, my answer largely depends on how you are using your terms. In general, there is not a big difference between the two terms. ...Read more

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Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

Why are my wife's moods swinging all over the place? Post partum depression?

It might: If you and your wife recently had a baby than depending on the time passed, it could be either baby blues or post-partum depression. Encourage your wife to get evaluated (you can get a referral from her obgyn or child's pediatrician), be supportive, share chores to decrease feelings of being overwhelmed. Eval and treatment are necessary for the well-being of your family, your wife and your baby. ...Read more

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Is this worse then a mood swing if it seems to keep going down into depression?

Is this worse then a mood swing if it seems to keep going down into depression?

It feels bad: If a depression worsens or persists over time it's distressing to the sufferer. Although it's difficult to imagine for people who are in the midst of depression or what can feel like a downward spiral of depression, it can be reversed with treatment. It's best to get in to see your doctor asap and to fully participate in treatment. Just going through the motions can reverse the downward spiral. ...Read more

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Hi I suffer from depression and have a general low mood. Is this normal from Ruth?

Depression: Low, depressed mood or loss of pleasure in daily activities is normally found as part of depression. However, being depressed is not really consired normal. Depression can be lifelong or periodic, but both can (and should be) treated by a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What are some natural herbs I can buy that will lift my bad mood, depression, or calm my nerves?

Depends: Depending on how bad your mood is there are a number of options. The best studied for mild depression is st johns wort but if your mood is only sometimes bad then something milder like chamomile tea can help. If you are having insomnia then melatonin might help you sleep and better sleep will lead to better mood. Exercise is also an excellent antidepressant. If more severe, then same can help. ...Read more

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I start using ashwagandgha for my depressed mood and I am feeling good should I contiue it or is it having any side effect in major?

Sounds good!: From what I've read, it can be a very good idea to periodically take a break from it and return to use as or if needed. I'm happy for you that you feel better. Try a week or two without and see how you are. That's a good way to discover more about yourself and this treatment.
Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hello. I'm always so different with my moods. I am sad then happy and stressed and I don't know if I have depression or what it could be?

It depends.: First I would want to make sure that there is no other treatable medical condition underlying your symptoms like: hypo/hyperthyroidism, taking too much caffeine or stimulants, lupus etc. Then I would have a discussion with a mental health professional and really examine your life story- if there us a chronic pattern of ups and downs perhaps you might want to consider engaging in therapy. ...Read more

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Every week, for days, I'm in a normal mood & I have no reason to be sad, but I suddenly have deep depression for hours and then back to normal, why?

See PCP first.: See your pcp to find out if you have medical problems causing this mood swings (hypoglycemia, thyroid problems) and if not give roper referral to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. ...Read more

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Been prescribed a b12 injection by my dr. I have probs with mood, anxiety and depression and have been on several meds. He thinks the b12 will help.

Been prescribed a b12 injection by my dr. I have probs with mood, anxiety and depression and have been on several meds. He thinks the b12 will help.

B 12 injections will: Help w/energy and nerve health. Please do what your doc says. Also, see a mental health professional for training in how to deal w/this. Don't use medicine only. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I suffer from depression & anxiety. I'm having difficulty finding support groups for it. Can I go to a mood disorder group? Would this fall under that?

I suffer from depression & anxiety. I'm having difficulty finding support groups for it. Can I go to a mood disorder group? Would this fall under that?

Anxiety & Depression: Mood disorders include anxiety and depression. They also include bipolar disorder and major depression. Please check out a group or two and see how things go. Each group has its own personality and make up. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I suffer with low mood/depression I think I have always been a misrable person and had an episode in aug will I always need medication can't get off?

Not necessarily: There are various types of depressions. It can be biological and it can be caused by life experiences including childhood issues.
Treatment for depression can include medication and/or therapy. Some people don't require medication and other people respond very well to medication. Some people can come off medication and do well while others stay of them for a long time. Depression is treatable. ...Read more

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A supplement for depression, mood enhancer?

As above: In addition to medication and psycho therapy excersize can increase endorphin which can help to decrease depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is decreased mood another word for depression?

Is decreased mood another word for depression?

Possibly: "decreased mood" might be a way of describing depression. A depressed mood might also be thought of as feeling sad or empty, down or blue. For people to be viewed as having a major depressive episode, however, they must have five or more (out of 9) symptoms during the same two-week period. In addition, your doctor will consider other factors in making a diagnosis of a depressive disorder. ...Read more

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If you were depressed, what would you do to alleviate a depressed mood, if you didn't want to be on meds?

If you were depressed, what would you do to alleviate a depressed mood, if you didn't want to be on meds?

Counseling.: Although sometimes counseling alone is enough to help depressed patients it is often times not enough. Depression is caused by chemical changes in the brain. This is often corrected by the use of medications for a period of time. You should try counseling and seek an opinion as to whether medication is needed in your particular case. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of depression and mood disorder?

Dep.: Called neurovegetative symptoms; sad affect, changes in energy/appetite/sleep, feelings of hopelessness/helplessness, thoughts of self harm, guilt feelings, crying spells, lack of concentration. ...Read more

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What does an adjustment disorder depressed mood 309.0 mean?

Low mood has a cause: Adjustment disorders refer to reactions people have when something is happening in their life--usually bad, but not always, e.g., a job loss or failed relationship or hassles at work. Whatever the cause, reactions may vary from depression to anxiety to inappropriate behaviors. The expectation is that the person eventually will get through the "adjustment"; but, sometimes, it is chronic. ...Read more

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Is mood disorder and depression r both same? If not then plzz explain

Is mood disorder and depression r both same? If not then plzz explain

Mood disorders: Depression is a type of mood disorder. "mood disorder" is a descriptive term which includes depression and bipolar disorders -- with mania and hypomania. Depression, mania, or hypomania can occur in the same person in varying combinations and patterns, which allow the problem to be specifically diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. Sophie Duriez
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Depressed Mood (Definition)

Persistent depressed mood (chronic depressed mood, or dysthymia) is a condition in which a person has depressed symptoms but not severe enough to be called "major depression". For a long time, the person may feel sad, hopeless, ...Read more