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Is depression causing my persistent elevated bp?

Is depression causing my persistent elevated bp?

Not exactly: Depression itself does not cause hypertension, but being in a state of chronic stress can lead to both elevated BP and depression. Additionally, some medications used to control high BP can lead to depression. You need to work on both issues for best benefit. Exercise, working with diet, learning practices like meditation and yoga, can all help improve your health and resilience. ...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 had been through a depression which I think I overcame. However, the appetite loss and disturbed sleep (sleep too much, unusual timing) are still persistent. Is that normal?

I had been through a depression which I think I overcame. However, the appetite loss and disturbed sleep (sleep too much, unusual timing) are still persistent. Is that normal?

Stay with treatment: Stay with treatment/therapy until you're sleeping and appetite improve. You may not need to see therapist or doctor as often; but stay connected for guidance. Many factors could be effecting your sleep and appetite, eg, stresses, SAD. See: https://secure02.kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/depression.html?tracking=T_RelatedArticle# Take good care of yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is depression/anxiety a neuropathological condition or a result of persistent negative thought patterns and/or negative external stimuli?

Is depression/anxiety a neuropathological condition or a result of persistent negative thought patterns and/or negative external stimuli?

Both: It is usually a combination of both genetic or hereditary factors and environmental factors like stressors, diet (caffeine), hormonal changes, fatigue etc. ...Read more

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I have persistent vertigo/dizzy and fatigue.will they go if I cure anxiety depression. I hate these symptoms.normal thyroid, blood?

I have persistent vertigo/dizzy and fatigue.will they go if I cure anxiety depression. I hate these symptoms.normal thyroid, blood?

Cure?: Yes, you'll be better off if you treat your anxiety/depression but many medications used for these conditions have dizziness and fatigue as side effects so you need to be careful and plan for closely monitoring and proper withdrawal if necessary. By starting w/ CBT therapy (no side effects) you might not need them or can add them at the lowest doses. Glad your test results are good. That will help ...Read more

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Itchy feet and legs at night and persistent chest infection what is this? Depression and feeling of illness and swollen glands

Itchy feet and legs at night and persistent chest infection what is this? Depression and feeling of illness and swollen glands

More info and see MD: Itchy skin may be associated with dry skin--happens moreso in winter or in people who swim a lot in pools. Persistent chest infection-external or internal--pneumonia or skin infection. Depression should be addressed with your physician.
Swollen glands may be associated with a viral process, infection or an oncologic issue. Do you have fevers or recent infection and which glands are swollen? ...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.

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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What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression: Depression is common, affecting about 2 in 3 adults at some time in their lives. Symptoms can affect daily life and become very distressing. Treatments include psychological (talking) therapy and antidepressant medicines.
https://patient.info/depression ...Read more

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What is depression ?

What is depression ?

Some thoughts...: There are many signs that may suggest depression, such as: feelings of sadness or hopelessness, angry outbursts or irritability, loss of interest in normal activities, sleep disturbances, tiredness or a lack of energy, either weight gain or weight loss due to appetite changes, anxiety or restlessness, slowed thinking, feeling worthless, etc... Seeing one's primary care doctor is a good start. ...Read more

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How serious is depression?

How serious is depression?

Can be very serious: Depression can be very debilitating and seriously impair a person. If associated with thoughts of suicide can even be life threatening. If someone has symptoms of depression they should discuss with their doctor. ...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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What are signs of depression?

What are signs of depression?

Depression Sx’s: May include *sad/angry/irritable mood, *low energy level, *lack of motivation, * absence of joy, * feeling helpless or hopeless, * feeling guilty, * low self-esteem, problems with memory, concentration or decision-making, crying spells, suicidal thoughts, isolation from others, problems with job performance. Etc. ...Read more

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How could I treat depression?

How could I treat depression?

Treating depression: An assessment would evaluate the severity of your depression. Your current history and family history would be important. Let's look at what you have control of in your environment. Also, start with steps to be social, exercise, etc. explore coping and communication skills. If the symptoms are severe, I would also recommend a consult for medication along with psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What are signs of depression?

What are signs of depression?

SAD CAGES: S-sleep disturbance, A-appetite disturbance, D-depressed mood, C-cocentration decreased, A-activity decreased or agitated, G-guilt increased, E-energy decreased, S-sucide thoughts or behavior. ...Read more

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How do I deal with depression?

How do I deal with depression?

You can use: exercise and meditation to treat depression. You can use behavioral therapy such as talking sessions with a licensed psychotherapist or psychologist. You can take a medication designed to treat clinical major depression. You can pray. You can take a vacation and see some part of the world that gives you peace and hopefully answers to your questions. Or you can do a combination of these things ...Read more

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How could you define depression?

How could you define depression?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "Feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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How does exercise help depression?

How does exercise help depression?

Yes: Aerobic exercise of 30min or more per day is one of the best things a person can do for depression. Keep moving, but don't forget about other treatments including therapy and meds if this is not helping enough. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

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 treatments plan. ...Read more

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How does ADD fall in with depression?

How does ADD fall in with depression?

Comorbidities: About 50% of ADD/ADHD cases are comorbid with other disorders from Learning issues to Anxiety to Depression and other behavior disorders like conduct or oppositional defiant disorder. Depression is usually seen through the repeated failures and consequences and punishment cycles that children and adults experience because of poor attention. ...Read more

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How long does depression procedure last?

How long does depression procedure last?

Depression procedure: I'm sorry, but I don't know what you mean by "depression procedure"? In many, depression is a chronic illness that requires treatment over time, and sometimes preventive maintenance too. Medications usually show effect within 4-6 weeks. (sometimes longer). Psychotherapy is also essential, but doesn't "work" immediately either. Rtms procedures last about 40 min, 5 days/week for 4-6 weeks. ...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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What should I do to get out of a depression?

What should I do to get out of a depression?

Get active: Seek out psychological help — cognitive behavioral therapy is very effective & meds are sometime indicated. Eat healthy. Be physically active. Enjoy mother nature. Volunteer. Express your creative side. Live. ...Read more

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What are the causes, symptoms of depression?

What are the causes, symptoms of depression?

Causes and symptoms: Depression can result from stressors, chronic stress, substances, genetics, among other things. Major depressive episode consists of 4 of the following symptoms lasting greater than two weeks: depressed mood, changes in sleep, lower energy, poor concentration, changes in appetite, feelings of too much guilt, inability to enjoy, moving slower or too fast, racing thoughts, and suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm going through depression?

How do I know if I'm going through depression?

See your doctor: Main indicators: a depressed mood, decreased participation in activities, low energy, agitation or slowed behavior. Also, rapid weight loss or weight gain, changes in sleep patterns, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt, difficulties thinking, concentrating, or making decisions, or thoughts of death. Talk this over with your doctor and get recommendations. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am suffering from Depression?

How do I know if I am suffering from Depression?

Sad: Depression emotions
1. Sad
2. Lack of energy
3. Loss of interest in normal activities
4. Thoughts of harm to self
5. No appetite
6. Impending doom
See a Doctor for quickest treatment. No way except with medication to get out of it. ...Read more

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Could there be a chemical that causes depression?

Several: Some blood pressure medication, steroids and pain medications can all be culprits. If you are asking about industrial chemicals on the skin or inhaled, those may be tied to other medical problems but not usually depression. ...Read more

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How effective is Khedezla for treating depression?

How effective is Khedezla for treating depression?

Desvenlafaxine: Pristiq & Khedezla are brand names for Desvenlafaxine. It is a SNRI medication which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Major depression. ...Read more

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How can you cope with depression in a healthy way?

How can you cope with depression in a healthy way?

Natural treatment: Exercise is a great way to cope with depression. Eating a healthy diet and supplements (i.e. Vitamin d, b complex and omega 3) can be beneficial. Journaling your thoughts and emotions, going to therapy and light therapy in the winter months are other options. You have to find what works for you. It could be a combination of things. For severe depression medication and therapy work best. ...Read more

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What are the causes of depression in the first place?

What are the causes of depression in the first place?

Multiple causes: Causes include : family history of depression, medical illnesses (i. E hypothyroidism), neurochemical imbalance, side effects from medications, major life stressors, death/loss, substance use and history of abuse. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "Feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Lack of interest in life, fatigue, crying, are signs. ...Read more