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I can't stand humanity or life in general at times. Is this a symptom of depression?

I can't stand humanity or life in general at times. Is this a symptom of depression?

Hmmm: Could be. But, the main symptoms of depression are sadness & inability to enjoy life, which you did not describe. Sounds more like you are disappointed in people and that has made you mad & bitter. Freud once said something like. .. It is not surprising that people act like animals (since we are animals). It's surprising when we don't (i.e., when we are civilized, kind & generous). ...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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Getting violent and just shout really loudly. Is this a symptom of depression in men?

Possibly: Irritabilty is a symptom of depression but also of other illnesses as well, such as bipolar disorder. To have depression he would need to have more symptoms than just irritability. Another option to consider is he could have problems coping with things and needs anger management. An evaluation by a mental health professional would help in accurately diagnosing and recommending treatment. ...Read more

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Someone close to me has been feeling down for a while. What is the most common symptom of depression usually?

Someone close to me has been feeling down for a while. What is the most common symptom of depression usually?

Depression symptoms: Common symptoms of depression include: feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, poor motivation, and irritabiliy. The person may also have problems functioning at work or school. If they have the majority of these symptoms they may have depression. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read more

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Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Is inability to concentrate usually a symptom of depression?

Possibly: Difficulty concentrating can indeed be one of the symptoms of depression, but other things can cause this also. Such as, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, and some psychotic disorders. Substance abuse and/or dependence can lead to difficulty concentrating as well. Best bet would be to consult a psychiatrist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Is an inability to concentrate a possible symptom of depression?

Is an inability to concentrate a possible symptom of depression?

Yes: Yes, difficulty concentrating can be a part of depressive symptoms. However, other things are possible also, so it isn't enough on its own to diagnose depression. ...Read more

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Is stomach nausea a symptom of depression?

Is stomach nausea a symptom of depression?

Maybe: Nausea is probably not the most common physical symptom associated with depression, but change in appetite is commonly seen in depression. The symptoms seen in depression include loss of interest, sleep problems, guilt, loss of energy, poor concentration, sadness, and thoughts of death. Please see a health care professional if you have these symptoms. Treatment is effective. ...Read more

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Is need for sleep symptom of depression?

Is need for sleep symptom of depression?

Can be: Hypersomnia (^'ed sleep) or Hyposomina (V'ed sleep) can occur. ...Read more

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Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Is frequent night waking a symptom of depression?

Yes, could be: Difficulty sleeping is indeed part of depression but nocturnal awakening can occur with sleep apnea, and nocturnal myoclonus. You may need overnight sleep study to be more certain. ...Read more

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Can nausea be a symptom of depression if all other medical conditions are ruled out?

Can nausea be a symptom of depression if all other medical conditions are ruled out?

Possible: Physical manifestations from depression are numerous and vary from person to person. While it's possible that your nausea could be related to depression, nausea is a very non-specific symptom and is associated with many other conditions (not to mention what you're eating/drinking). If this persists, I recommend a physical evaluation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

Is negatively thinking about things like death and what life means a symptom of depression? My thinking has no answers so would a therapist be useless

NOT useless: A therapist would be USEFUL to you if you're frequently thinking of death. Yes, this could be symptoms of depression. Please talk to your parents, a therapist, your doctor, a school counselor, a pastor, etc. Help is available. ...Read more

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Is loss of interest in affection a symptom of depression or him?

Is loss of interest in affection a symptom of depression or him?

See below: It could be either or both. You should discuss your feelings with a trusted friend or a therapist. ...Read more

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Is insomnia a symptom of depression or stress and how do I cure it?

Is insomnia a symptom of depression or stress and how do I cure it?

It can be.: The classic form of sleep disturbance with depression is early morning awakening (3-4 am), but some depressed people find it hard to fall asleep and then awaken multiple times during the night, finding it hard to fall asleep each time.
Cure: psychotherapy is the best, medication can help. ...Read more

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Is a worsening of my fear of death a symptom of depression? A fear that makes activities I used to enjoy sad and scary.

Is a worsening of my fear of death a symptom of depression? A fear that makes activities I used to enjoy sad and scary.

It can be: Yes it can be as well as anxiety. If you are sad most days for 2 weeks. Has thoughts of death or think about hurting yourself or someone else, seek help ...Read more

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Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Possibly: Many people self medicate in a variety of ways. Over drinking and alcoholism is one of the ways. Please remember this is only one possible scenario. To get a definitive diagnosis go to a therapist trained in treating alcoholism. ...Read more

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Feel blah, living day-to-day, lack zest for life, feel more "empty" and unmotivated than sad. Could this be a symptom of depression?

Absolutely.: Some people manifest symptoms of depression in different ways. Some are tearful often then others who stop feeling happy and instead have this somewhat "numb" feeling. Sometimes this feeling precedes a more obvious kind of depression, but not always. I would make sure you talk with your doctor about this. There are many good treatments that could help you. Don't suffer in silence alone. Be well! ...Read more

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Can being sick to your stomach be a symptom of depression?

Can being sick to your stomach be a symptom of depression?

Yes it can, but: Individuals with depression are also susceptible to run of the mill medical problems and at your age would probably be best to run this past your doctor to be certain something else isn't awry. ...Read more

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What can cause a burning in both thighs? 2 negative d dimers, could it be physical symptom of depression?

What can cause a burning in both thighs? 2 negative d dimers, could it be physical symptom of depression?

Nerves: Meralgia paresthestica comes to mind as one possibility. You can google it for more information. Other causes to consider of course, but since I am a neurologist, this is the best I can come up with. ...Read more

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I m dealing with loss of pleasure in my life called anhedonia. Which is core symptom of depression. But I don't have any other depreesive symptoms. So is my cndition is depression or any other mentel illness?

I m dealing with loss of pleasure in my life called anhedonia. Which is core symptom of depression. But I don't have any other depreesive symptoms. So is my cndition is depression or any other mentel illness?

No sadness yet blah: It is a falsehood that one must have a sad mood to be clinically depressed. Many - maybe more often the elderly - have depression and do not have subjective low mood. Therefore, it is vital to entertain more far reaching questions about vegetative symptoms including: inability to laugh at a good joke, inability to experience pleasure, restfulness of sleep, sex drive decline, change appetite, blah. ...Read more

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My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?

My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?

Anhedonia: It is not a separate illness. It is a symptom, often, but not always associated with depression. It means an inability to take pleasure in normally pleasurable activities or experiences. Typically, a patient will describe a lack of feeling towards previously favorite foods, or hobbies, sex, etc. ...Read more

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Slowly decreasing off zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. Can a withdrawal symptom be depression? Tired and very unmotivated lately.

Slowly decreasing off zoloft (sertraline) for anxiety. Can a withdrawal symptom be depression? Tired and very unmotivated lately.

Zoloft (sertraline) Dose: I hope that your physician is supervising your Zoloft (sertraline) dose reduction because if you have been on it for any length of time, the titration to zero needs to be medically supervised so that you do not experience serotonin syndrome. Also, was any thought given to what antidepressant will replace the Zoloft (sertraline) once you are completely off of it? It sounds like you need an alternative antidepressant. ...Read more

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How to tell if weight loss and attitude towards eating is an eating disorder of just depression and a symptom of depression?

How to tell if weight loss and attitude towards eating is an eating disorder of just depression and a symptom of depression?

Hi L: If you are not eating because you are obsessing that you are overweight, when all objective evidence is to the contrary, then the diagnosis is likely anorexia nervosa. If you can't eat because of depression, you will not have a distorted body image. You will wish you could eat. It is possible to have both at the same time. Best wishes. Dr. J. ...Read more

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Do those who have depression treat some nicely and some rudely as a symptom of their depression?

Do those who have depression treat some nicely and some rudely as a symptom of their depression?

It can be a piece of: The puzzle of depression. There are many different types of depression. But whatever, it feels bad and when one feels bad it is easy to be irritable. Many non-depressed folk like some people and dislike others. Being rude may be harder to suppress when you feel bad, especially if you don't like the person, but it is not directly a symptom - just a bad behavior. ...Read more

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Told feeling life is pointless is a symptom of my depression but isn't thinking life is not pointless denial? Since we all die, how can life matter?

Told feeling life is pointless is a symptom of my depression but isn't thinking life is not pointless denial? Since we all die, how can life matter?

I am sorry you: Feel so hopeless. A mental health professional can help. Beyond that, just focusing on a life that can help in any way to relieve the suffering or poverty of others is not pointless. That thought may help you break the negative self talk cycle you may be in. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

Is anger a symptom of postpartum depression?

It can be.: Some women have irritability and anger as the predominant symptom of their depression.

It is best to seek help to assess whether this is a symptom of depression. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is insomnia ever a symptom of chronic depression?

YES: It may be. But since it may be a symptom of several illnesses, it should be evaluated medically (and possibly psychologically) if it's persistant. ...Read more

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