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What might I do to go about deciding if to take medication for depression?

What might I do to go about deciding if to take medication for depression?

Start by seeing your: Dr. Your doctor, a psychiatrist or a psychologist can determine if you have a clinical depression. If you do it is likely that talking therapy will be recommended. In some case antidepressant medications may also be indicated. You can discuss possible side effects, indications, mechanism of action, target sxs and other treatment options w the provider. That way you can make an informed decision. ...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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Would it be best to take medication for depression or solve the underlying life issues?

Would it be best to take medication for depression or solve the underlying life issues?

Depends on cause: Some people experience depression without having any underlying issues. For them, medication is usually indicated. If you tend to have more underlying issues, therapy is very important. Depending on how one responds to therapy, medication is sometimes added. For severe depression, a combination of medication and therapy work best ...Read more

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Is it abnormal for a teenager to take medication for depression?

Is it abnormal for a teenager to take medication for depression?

No: Various antidepressants are approved by the fda to be used in the adolescent popuation. It is not unusual, or inappropriate, for them to be used if the level of depression is significant and if the medication use is being well monitored. ...Read more

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I'm afraid that if I take medication for depression, i'll feel even more depressed seeing myself take the medication. What should I do?

I'm afraid that if I take medication for depression, i'll feel even more depressed seeing myself take the medication. What should I do?

On The Same Team: Medication is often recommended for the treatment of depression. It is not uncommon for one to resent the actual medication. Two suggestions: first you have nothing to lose by trying the medication and with positive results it will be easy to continue. Second I tell my patients to sit with their pills in front of them, talk to them, and make them your friends. You are all on the same team. ...Read more

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Been having sharp but intermittent pain in my upper stomach/lower esophagus. Could this be an ulcer? Take medication for depression and cholesterol. Drink coffee in the mornings.

Been having sharp but intermittent pain in my upper stomach/lower esophagus. Could this be an ulcer? Take medication for depression and cholesterol. Drink coffee in the mornings.

It: It may be, but you really need a medical work up to determine the cause of the pain. If you vomit dark coffee ground like material or have black, tarry, smelly bowel movements, this could be signs of gastro-intestinal bleeding and should be addressed asap. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do for a borderline friend that already attempt suicide and now suddenly refuse to take is medication for depression?

What to do for a borderline friend that already attempt suicide and now suddenly refuse to take is medication for depression?

Sadly- not much: Even doctor's cannot control some people, despite all of our expertise. It is very common for those with borderline personality to make gestures toward self harm. It is also common for friends and family to try and help, often leading to frustration and resentment. A good book for you to read is: codependency no more by melody beattie. Nice of you to care about your friend. ...Read more

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My boyfriend takes depression medication but says he's not depressed. Is there another possible reason?

My boyfriend takes depression medication but says he's not depressed. Is there another possible reason?

Depression medicines: Antidepressants can certainly be used for depression, but are also effective in various anxiety disorders. Aggressiveness is another possible use in some people, and so is ptsd symptoms. I don't know why this was prescribed for your boyfriend, but he would know the symptoms he originally had. ...Read more

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Can I take medication for anxiety depression because it has lots of side effects its dangerous to take medication can you die from it?

Can I take medication for anxiety depression because it has lots of side effects its dangerous to take medication can you die from it?

Normally safe: Normally medicines for anxiety and depression are very safe. They may cause side effects, but the side effects are not normally common or serious, and it is exceptionally rare that people die from side effects of these medicines.

If you have questions about a particular medicine or combination of medicines, feel free to ask specifically. ...Read more

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Can I take medical merquina and take anti-depression medication at the same time?

Can I take medical merquina and take anti-depression medication at the same time?

Not a good idea: There is some evidence that using marijuana can worsen depression, and we do not know enough about how anti-depression medications interact with substances like marijuana to state that it's safe. ...Read more

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I don't want to take depression medication, because of the pregnancy. Any ideas for coping with this?

I don't want to take depression medication, because of the pregnancy. Any ideas for coping with this?

Get educated: There are anti-depressant medications that are worrisome during pregnancy. However, there are also some that are not as worrisome. It is important to realize that baby needs a healthy mother to thrive, so finding a good balance of safety and treatment is important. If you can make it with counselling fine, but you do baby no favors by getting into trouble in the belief you must avoid meds. ...Read more

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Is there a new cure for hepatitis C I got diagnosed 2 years ago I'm only 22? If so can I take depression medication with it and aniexty medication?

Is there a new cure for hepatitis C I got diagnosed 2 years ago I'm only 22? If so can I take depression medication with it and aniexty medication?

Many new meds: There are many new medications for hep C coming down the road but not all of them are approved for use yet and if they are, not in all populations. You should consult an adult infectious disease doctor or a hepatologist who will know more about the latest research as it pertains to your case. ...Read more

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If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

If I am breastfeeding, can I take medication for postpartum depression?

Consult a physician: There are some medications are are considered relatively safe for breastfeeding women to take. Consult your physician and your lactation consultant.

There is always a risk-benefit ratio that must be determined for each individual patient. ...Read more

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Can depression be related to paragard, an iuc birth conrol? I've taken Zoloft (sertraline) in the past, my father takes medication for manic depression too.

Can depression be related to paragard, an iuc birth conrol? I've taken Zoloft (sertraline) in the past, my father takes medication for manic depression too.

Hmmm...: Admittedly, I'm not an ob/gyn but I am not aware of paragard leading to depression. It is simply a copper iud, unlike others which release hormones as well. I cannot imagine a mechanism by which a copper iud would lead to depression. Ask an ob/gyn to be sure. ...Read more

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Can you take too many medications for depression, when is enough?

Can you take too many medications for depression, when is enough?

Over medication: Yes you can take too much. A careful psychiatrist will help guide you to a sensible combination. More isn't always better. Sometimes you need to overlap meds to prevent regression when changing meds. The goal is remission of symptoms, then gradual taper of any non essential meds can occur. Meds have different modes of action that can compliment each other. ...Read more

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Help, what sort of symptoms would I have to have in order to take medication for anxiety and depression?

Help, what sort of symptoms would I have to have in order to take medication for anxiety and depression?

Don't worry about: The symptoms. Go to see a psychologist or psychiatrist. Tell them how you are feeling. Some depression and anxiety can be treated without medication. When possible try to feel better without medication, . ...Read more

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Is it harmful to refuse to take medication for ADHD and depression?

Is it harmful to refuse to take medication for ADHD and depression?

ADHD/Depression: If the medication has helped before, and the depression is affecting your daily functioning, I would advise u follow your doctor's recommendation. ...Read more

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If I think I depression, should I take medication?

If I think I depression, should I take medication?

Evaluation first: A doctoral level clinical psychologist or psychiatrist can evaluate you to see if you have a depressed mood or clinical depression. Not all depressions require medication. You and your doctor can work on a treatment plan together. Take care. ...Read more

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What medication can I take for depression?

What medication can I take for depression?

Many Options: Let's say you have been diagnosed by a mental health professional with major depression. Many different medications are effective in the treatment of depression. Your doctor will select an anti-depressant based upon your symptoms, your prior response to treatment, and even how family members have responded. If one medication doesn't work there are many options. Safe effective treatment exists. ...Read more

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What types of medications do you take for depression?

What types of medications do you take for depression?

Several options: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are most commonly prescribed.
There are several other med categories - most of them involve augmenting the signals of serotonin or norepinephrine or dopamine.
There are also several types of psychotherapy with demonstrated effectiveness in treating depression. Many of the psychotherapies are as effective as medications for some types of depression. ...Read more

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I have all symptoms of depression but I do not want to take medications. Any other solutions?

I have all symptoms of depression but I do not want to take medications. Any other solutions?

Natural aids: Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Even when you feel like staying in bed, get up and exercise. It will improve your mood. Laughter is also a natural antidepressant. See a funny movie. Laugh out loud. Speak with a friend. Go to a mall, it may help you get your mind off your troubles. Listen to music it may also help improve your mood. Therapy is also a huge help so why not take advantage of it? ...Read more

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I came out of depression but my ED is still there how much time it will take to overcome this problem without medication...?

I came out of depression but my ED is still there how much time it will take to overcome this problem without medication...?

Time not the issue: Perhaps you and your preferred other need to get creative! There are sex therapists.
Have you been checked physically by a urologist just to make sure their is no physical problem like low testosterone?
You are young and it would be rare for any sort of medical problem to be the cause but if you are on e.g. Cholesterol or BP meds or smoke weed all of this could be the cause.
Might need jump start. ...Read more

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I have depression and I take medication for it but still I feel depressed?

I have depression and I take medication for it but still I feel depressed?

Also: Find a psychologist or therapist that you trust and can talk openly with her or him about all of your feelings to work through them. That helps. ...Read more

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How should one take care of add, anxiety, and depression without medication?

How should one take care of add, anxiety, and depression without medication?

Options: Treatments that can help with all three illnesse include therapy, exercise, eating a healthy diet (limiting caffeine and sugar), support groups and journaling (can help release emotions and identify possible triggers). Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. Here is a link on add coping methods:
http://www. Helpguide. Org/mental/adhd_add_adult_strategies. Htm. ...Read more

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How should I go about handling my depression if I don't want to take medications?

How should I go about handling my depression if I don't want to take medications?

Therapy/self-care: As dr. Krenn said, therapy will help -- ask your primary care doctor or call your insurance about a mental health provider. Things that you can do on your own -- try to establish routines, sleep hygiene, small achievable goals, look for positive aspects of the environment -- do a summary at the end of the day -- best thing that happened, the things I laughed at, etc. To bring you a sense of joy. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to overcome depression caused by medication?

Please tell me how long it takes for to overcome depression caused by medication?

It varies: It depends on the type of medication, how long you have been on the medication and your own physical health to clear the medication out of your system. Some medication may take a couple of weeks to improve after it is stopped, while others may be a month or more. If you just started taking the medication and are depressed, I would allow 2-4 weeks to adjust to the medication. Follow up with your dr. ...Read more

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How to cure depression without medications? I'm depressed but I don't want to take medications for it.

How to cure depression without medications? I'm depressed but I don't want to take medications for it.

The: The mayo clinic website also offers information for other treatments that are not "standard" medication (i.e. Alternative treatments/complementary medicine). Here is a useful link: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/depression/ds00175/dsection=alternative-medicine. ...Read more

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Don't want to have to take medication or anything so what are some good ways a teenager can deal with depression and feel happier in life?

Teen depression: Non-medical treatments for depression include therapy, support groups, exercise, eating a healthy diet and journaling. Since you are from pennsylvania, seasonal affective disorder may also play a role which can be alleviated with light therapy. Fish oil supplements may also be of benefit. ...Read more

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