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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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I have depression about 10 years ago, I have often gone to psychologists+psychiatrists but the problem persists. I don't wanna live. What else can I try?

I have depression about 10 years ago, I have often gone to psychologists+psychiatrists but the problem persists. I don't wanna live. What else can I try?

See below: I"m sorry you're going through this. Look at things that worked in the past. Discuss your treatment impasse with the providers to help you figure out issues that might be causing your feelings. If you're having thoughts of self-harm that are overwhelming, go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. National suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk. Good luck ...Read more

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I defend my depression with new psychologist cause of the terrible experience I hadwith my first psychiatrist he said I wasn't sick but suffered daily?

I defend my depression with new psychologist cause of the terrible experience I hadwith my first psychiatrist he said I wasn't sick but suffered daily?

Your new behavioral: Health provider and your old one are two different people. My guess is that both of them have provided feedback that has been valuable. BUT, remember if you spend all of your energy trying to prove that you have depression - you won't be spending it on getting well. You have an obstacle that you need to get past to recover. ...Read more

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Am I suffering from depression and should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist?

Am I suffering from depression and should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist?

Severity: Get a psychiatric evaluation to determine severity of symptoms of depression. Medications may be warranted. Also find a reputable psychotherapist to help you figure out what depression means to you, and how to better deal with it. Optimally medication and therapy together works best. ...Read more

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I think I might have depression, should I go to a psychologist or a psychiatrist?

I think I might have depression, should I go to a psychologist or a psychiatrist?

Severity: Get a psychiatric evaluation to determine severity of symptoms of depression. Medications may be warranted. Also find a reputable psychotherapist to help you figure out what depression means to you, and how to better deal with it. Optimally medication and therapy together works best. ...Read more

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How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

A lot of overlap: The two phenomenon can be difficult to distinguish. The presence of sadness and or hopeless would be consistent with depression. ...Read more

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I suffer from social anxiety disorder and depression should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist? I have several different meds over the last 15 years. I usually discontinue the meds due to the side effects and wind up back on when I have a stressful tim

I suffer from social anxiety disorder and depression should I see a psychiatrist or psychologist? I have several different meds over the last 15 years. I usually discontinue the meds due to the side effects and wind up back on when I have a stressful tim

Hi,: Hi, more often than not, in this age of managed care medicine, psychiatrists treat patients with psychiatric medications and clinical psychologists provide different forms of talking therapy. Often the most successful outcomes are from a combination of the right medications hand- in - hand with different forms of non-medication therapy. I can understand how your trust levels could be low, if you have not had good outcomes from treatment in the past. Both depression and anxiety can be hard to treat. But, if you get no care at all, it is certain that you will continue to suffer from anxiety and depression. Even with treatment you can often take one step forward and two step backs which equates to frustration.
Overcoming your anxiety and depression is much like trying to run up an escalator that is going down. If you don't try at all, you will always be stuck at the bottom of the escalator. Even when you are working your way up, sometimes you can't keep up with the pace of the escalator and it can take you back down again. You might reach the top but have new major life stressors that bring you down again. But, your efforts will pay off in the end. Your conditions are treatable, but you will need to make a serious committment to becoming more healthy. Over the last 15 years, some incredible new psychiatric medictions have been introduced.
If the doctor who previously prescribed your medications was a family or general doctor, I recommend that you see a psychiatrist for medication management. I also recommend you see a therapist; whether it be a licensed clinical social worker, a counselor or a clinical psychologist. You want to work with a therapist you can feel comfortable with - but a warning: it is usually a little scary and akward any time you start sharing your life story with someone you have just met. You need to take advantage of the therapy; even if it is not a time of crisis or you are starting to feel better. As you are looking for an appropriate therapist, you might want to enquire if the provider is trained to do cognitive behavioral therapy - as this can be very helpful with both of your conditions.
Don't lose hope, the right help is out there. I wish you well. ...Read more

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I believe I'm depressed-who do I call? Psychologist, psychiatrist, msw?

I believe I'm depressed-who do I call? Psychologist, psychiatrist, msw?

Therapy vs. Meds: A psychologist who specializes in cbt will help you better understand and control your emotional feelings, thus decreasing or eliminating your depression. A psychiatrist may prescribe an anti-depressant medication. Some patients go to both at the same time. ...Read more

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I've been feeling quite depressed for some time - without a clear (to me) reason. How do I choose between a Psychiatrist or psychologist?

I've been feeling quite depressed for some time - without a clear (to me) reason. How do I choose between a Psychiatrist or psychologist?

Severity: Get a psychiatric evaluation to determine severity of symptoms of depression. Medications may be warranted. Also find a reputable psychotherapist to help you figure out what depression means to you, and how to better deal with it. Optimally medication and therapy together works best. ...Read more

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No motive after >1year different anti depressants, still depressed with 2 psychiatrist and duloxetine! Cbt &psychologist didn't too, ?

No motive after >1year different anti depressants, still depressed with 2 psychiatrist and duloxetine! Cbt &psychologist didn't too, ?

Fresh eyes: Then you need a fresh set of consultation eyes to review your case, including possible physical conditions, substance or alcohol abuse, nutritional issues, co-occuring psychiatric disorders, etc. If nothing is being missed, there are still additional options -- including transcranial magnetic stimulation and others. Please consider being seen in an academic medical center psychiatry department. ...Read more

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If you have bipolar manic depressive illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

Bipolar: Studies have shown that without meds, approximately 70 % of bipolar patients cannot be functional in personal, social or work life. Most patients need 2 or 3 meds over their life time. Psychiatric stabilizations with meds is the key first and then a combination of psych meds, therapy, group therapy can help, in serious cases ECT can help. ...Read more

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Near 19 years of age and have major depression. Please help me. Psychologist didn't help me?

Near 19 years of age and have major depression. Please help me. Psychologist didn't help me?

Don't give up: Communicating with your mental health provider is important. The communication also helps the impasse in the treatment process. Don't give up and either discuss the treatment issues with the psychologist or seek another provider. However, a reason for the impasse should be explored during the treatment. Also, if you're on meds, take them as prescribed. ...Read more

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My brother has depression for last 5-6 years. We have consulted so many psychiatrist, but it didn't helped much. There are so many side effects as well.

My brother has depression for last 5-6 years. We have consulted so many psychiatrist, but it didn't helped much. There are so many side effects as well.

Possibly bipolar?: I think bipolar disorder (or manic-depressive illness) whenever I hear about a young person with treatment-resistant depression. Often they visit a doctor only when depressed because the manic symptoms don't bother them. Manic can seem "normal" to them, but others note they can be overly productive, talkative and/or irritable, and often need less sleep. Antidepressants don't help. Tried lamictal? ...Read more

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I have been living with depression for 7 years. That cause anxiety that I can't handle. Recently moved, engaged. I am in need of a psychiatrist to help?

I have been living with depression for 7 years. That cause anxiety that I can't handle. Recently moved, engaged. I am in need of a psychiatrist to help?

Depression/Anxiety: I would get in to see a primary physician right away to get you restarted on your medications and get you referred to a psychiatrist. Another option is to contact them yourself and get an appointment. Most insurance companies have a number you can call for mental health provider referrals as well. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good psychiatrist in st. Louis mo for my child he has depression and asperger's syndrome?

Can you recommend a good psychiatrist in st. Louis mo for my child he has depression and asperger's syndrome?

How to find referral: Ways to find a psychiatrist include consulting your therapist or primary care. Also there are many websites that list psychiatrists and their ratings from patients, as well as areas of specialty. Check healthtap! You can also talk to acquaintances that see a psychiatrist. Your insurance company also often knows of providers that are well respected in a certain area. ...Read more

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Good day, I’m looking for a Psychiatrist in the Roodepoort Area, to help me with my depression and suicidal thoughts?

Good day, I’m looking for a Psychiatrist in the Roodepoort Area, to help me with my depression and suicidal thoughts?

Life Poortview: A google search returned above facility at 18 Malcolm Road in Roodepoort, Ph 0119523000. Suicidal thoughts are always a medical emergency. Please seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Still suffering from disabling depression and low mood. Shall I switch current medicine? Also can I see another psychiatrist?

Still suffering from disabling depression and low mood. Shall I switch current medicine? Also can I see another psychiatrist?

Communicate first: Talk to you current psychiatrist about your concerns before giving up on the medication and psychiatrist. Some meds take longer to work than others. Tell your dr. Your concerns, psychiatrists are trained to answer your questions and help you. It's okay to change your psychiatrist if the one you have is not a good fit. Consider more talk therapy, it can make all the difference. Good luck ...Read more

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This is for a psychiatrist. Is there any benefit to take for depression a tricyclic instead of an ssri? Thank you for your help

This is for a psychiatrist. Is there any benefit to take for depression a tricyclic instead of an ssri? Thank you for your help

The side effect: Profile of SSRI's is generally superior to that of Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA). To get a TCA up in the dose range needed to treat depression - there is significant potential for side effects. I am not aware of a TCA being more beneficial than an SSRI for treatment of depression. (But TCA may be used for sleep or pain control). Take care. ...Read more

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I am suffering for depression and anxiety. I went to psychiatrist but instead of counselling he is prescribing tablets. What should I do?

Psychiatrists work: Mostly w/medication. A therapist such as a clinical psychologist works primarily w/psychotherapy and other techniques to help w/mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Peace and good health. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for a self-help technique to support professional help. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mild depression but a few days ago psychologist said it is severe. Did a test with him. Which depression do I have.?

I was diagnosed with mild depression but a few days ago psychologist said it is severe. Did a test with him. Which depression do I have.?

Depression: If your psychologist changed your diagnosis to severe he or she may feel you are more depressed than he or she initially thought. Ask your therapist for clarification as to why he or she made the change, it was most likely based on something you expressed or maybe the test results indicated a more severe depression. Be honest about your concerns and therapy will be more successful. ...Read more

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Recently heard of service dogs for Depression/Anxiety how would I be qualified for one? What steps do I take to get one? Ask my psychiatrist?

Recently heard of service dogs for Depression/Anxiety how would I be qualified for one? What steps do I take to get one? Ask my psychiatrist?

Service dog: An emotional support animal & a service dog are not one & the same. An emotional support animal provides its owner comfort. A service dog has been specifically trained to perform tasks which will ameliorate the owners disability. So either a service dog or an emotional support dog might aid a person with depression/ anxiety. Your psychiatrist may be able to help start the process. ...Read more

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Can you drs write a title of a good book that I can read about "self-managing of depression", I am also getting my treatment from my psychiatrist :)?

Can you drs write a title of a good book that I can read about "self-managing of depression", I am also getting my treatment from my psychiatrist :)?

I like: 'the feeling good book' by david burns. The book has been around for a long time. It is an easy read. It teaches how we set ourselves up for depression through the way we think about ourselves and life. ...Read more

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I have no motivation for doing any things &bad thoughts, so I went to psychiatrist&he told I have depression&he prescribed drugs but I left taking them?

I have no motivation for doing any things &bad thoughts, so I went to psychiatrist&he told I have depression&he prescribed drugs but I left taking them?

See psych again: It is not uncommon for patients to not take medication that a doctor prescribes. However, you have clear symptoms of depression, and you need to seek help. The first thing I would doofus is to call the psychiatrist and simply state you didn't take the med. He or she should ask you to come in again for another session. If you are not getting the help you need, see another physician e.g. Pcp/referral. ...Read more

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Clinical Psychology (Definition)

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