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Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri

Am I better off hiding the real extent of my psychiatric problems from psychiatrists? I've had major depression for much of my life, including a few hospitalizations. After a suicide attempt five years ago, my then-psychiatrist asked me to seek psychiatri

Full: Full disclosure of your history is key to successful treatment. Be completely honest with your doctor about your past, your issues with previous doctors, and what you think went wrong. Hopefully the doctor will be able to sort through all the issues and come up with an appropriate treatment plan; if not then ask for a direct referral to someone who can help you.
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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 do suffer from major depression. I've been having sleep paralysis. It comes randomly for example early this morning. What could be wrong?

I do suffer from major depression. I've been having sleep paralysis. It comes randomly for example early this morning. What could be wrong?

Possibly narcolepsy: Sleep paralysis can be a symptom of narcolepsy. Other symptoms include sleep attacks (sudden irresistible urge to sleep), hallucinations when falling asleep or awakening, and cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle tone). Best evaluated by a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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How can major depression affect my interests in life?

How can major depression affect my interests in life?

Lower motivation: Symptoms of major depression often include sadness, withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, appetite/weight changes, fatigue, low energy, hopelessness, guilt feelings, and sleep difficulty. Depression can also distort the way events are perceived, resulting in negative self-perceptions and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. ...Read more

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Dr Cox, I have major depression and have really hard time with change and my life just blew up in front of me! How do I move past it?

Dr Cox, I have major depression and have really hard time with change and my life just blew up in front of me! How do I move past it?

Find a therapist: And work with them to figure out how to pick up the pieces and redesign your life. You don't have to face these challenges alone. Psychotherapy can help. If you need antidepressant medication for a while consider it as well, till you begin to adjust to your " new normal." ...Read more

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I'm 42. I lived in dallas, tx until I was 40 when we moved to oahu. My major depression has kicked into overdrive. Please help! I'm scared of life.?

I'm 42. I lived in dallas, tx until I was 40 when we moved to oahu. My major depression has kicked into overdrive. Please help! I'm scared of life.?

Treatment can help: It is not uncommon for depression to get worse when major life changes occur (like moving from tx to hawaii).Consider calling mental health of america hawai'i m-f, 9am-4pm to describe your situation so they can help you find help (808-521-1546) hawai'i has a 24/7 help line that is staffed by caring & knowledgeable folks (808-832-3100).If you are in a really dark & dangerous place please call 911. ...Read more

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If someone has had major depression entire life and it is not responsive to medication, could ending his marriage help or would this make it worse?

If someone has had major depression entire life and it is not responsive to medication, could ending his marriage help or would this make it worse?

Other treatments: Don't give up; get a second opinion about your treatment & diagnosis. Treatment resistant depression often simply means that the right therapies gave not been tried yet. Talk therapy, other medications, a new fda cleared noninvasive treatment called tms (transcranial magnetic stimulation), as well as ECT and other brain stimulation options are available. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get through major depression caused by a divorce and total change of life?

What is the best way to get through major depression caused by a divorce and total change of life?

Support: Through the support of family & friends. Prayer can be very beneficial for some. Find meaningful activities to fill in for voids that are present. See a professional mental health provider if you become too overwhelmed. ...Read more

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My family has history of bipolar& major depression. I was diagnosed w/ major depression too. What can I do to ensure a healthy mental life for my kid?

My family has history of bipolar& major depression. I was diagnosed w/ major depression too. What can I do to ensure a healthy mental life for my kid?

No guarantees: Family history is an major risk factor for depression and bd both. Fortunately, it is not an absolute, but your children are apt to be an increased risk of one or both. Keeping yourself healthy is a key factor in being there for them, and seeking help promptly if your children begin to display problems also is crucial. At present, we have nothing that's a guaranteed preventative strategy/. ...Read more

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Can adult seizures (grand mal), chronic migraines (have often & last 4 days), major depression and diabetes be considered life threatening conditions?

Can adult seizures (grand mal), chronic migraines (have often & last 4 days), major depression and diabetes be considered life threatening conditions?

Seizures can be: If they interfere with a person's breathing Grand mal seizures can cause fatal crashes if someone gets one while driving. They can also cause injury when the person loses consciousness and falls. Major depression increases the chance of suicide. Diabetes is a risk factor for conditions that may be life-threatening. Chronic migraine may cause a stroke but they're generally not life-threatening. ...Read more

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Who experiences major depression most?

Who experiences major depression most?

Major depression: Lifetime prevalence of major depressive disorder is approximately 16.5%. Females are 70% more likely than males to experience major depression. The average age of onset is 32 years old. There is a genetic contribution, the specific genes have not been identified. It is thought that life stressors interact with this vulnerability to result in major depressive episodes. ...Read more

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How can major depression affect my work?

How can major depression affect my work?

See Below: Difficulty concentrating, keeping focus, low or lack of motivation, irritability, depending on severity, some people might start skipping showers, or taking care of their basic needs, which inadvertently will affect your work and out-of work relationships. Some people get more angry, having "shorter fuse". If you feel you're being affected, get evaluated and start treatment (meds and psychth). ...Read more

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Why can't my major depression go away?

Depression is: Treatable. I know that you are on Effexor (venlafaxine) - but don't know what other treatment you have received. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t allow yourself to stagnate at home. Work to get at least 8 hours of sleep >. ...Read more

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What should I do about my untreated major depression?

What should I do about my untreated major depression?

Get it treated.: See your physician for a comprehensive evaluation. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective. Sometimes medications are recommended. Turn your untreated depression into a treated and resolving depression asap. Take care. ...Read more

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Suffering from major depression and no support, help?

Suffering from major depression and no support, help?

Depression: Reach out to friend, family, clergy and your doctor to ask who in you area treats depression and has a good reputation. Depression can often be treated successfully. Best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have major depression well treating it the natural way help?

What to do if I have major depression well treating it the natural way help?

"Naturally" but not: "natural" treatments mean anything from the letting of blood 500 years ago to diet/exercise and st. John's wart today. Clinical depression had different degrees of severity as well. Natural remedies can be as dangerous as helpful. St. John's wart was eventually found to be far less effective then the media touted and has significant drug-drug effects in the liver that increase. Caution! ...Read more

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Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Can major depression cause memorie loss?

Yes: Depression causes the loss of brain cells in the limbus system which includes the hippocampi. Treatment, whether medicinal or psychotherapy, triggers the brain to release brain- derived neurotrophic factor, essentially nerve growth factor in the brain which helps return memory to where it was before you got sick. It helps brain cells grow back! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more