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What is unipolar depression?

What is unipolar depression?

Depression: "Unipolar" depression is in contrast to "bipolar" depression. In unipolar depression, there is no history of mania (periods of speeded-up thinking & talking; high energy & not needing to sleep; expansive feelings & behavior; etc). The person suffers only from depressions -- which may be recurrent -- rather than swinging from depressive "pole" to manic "pole" throughout life. ...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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What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

Depression: Depressed mood, lack of interest, excessive guilt, sleep disturbance, appetite issues, poor attention span and concentration, lack of energy and suicidal thinking. If you have most of these symptoms for more than two to four weeks, you should talk to someone. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

What is the definition or description of: Unipolar depression?

See below: Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' (one pole, one mood). ...Read more

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What are the tests for unipolar depression?

What are the tests for unipolar depression?

Unipolar Depression: Also, there are depression scales to test for depression, such as the hamilton test & the zung depression scale. Your psychiatrist can provide you with those. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

SSRI: I always try to start with meds that have very well-known effectiveness, low side effects, low cost, no habituation risk and once a day dosing. These include : prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa, lexapro, and many others. Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...Read more

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What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

MANY: There are many possibilities of treatment for depression. The categories of medications are;
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors:
prozac
celexa
zoloft
lexapro
luvox
paxil
serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors:
cymbalta
pristiq
effexor

wellbutrin

viibryd

tri-cyclic antidepressants:
elavil
pamelor
imipramine
etc

So lots of different options so just speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

Overlapping terms: "Chronic depression" simply means the depression has be persistently present for a long time, typically years or longer. "Unipolar depression" means that the person only has depression, as opposed to bipolar affective disorder, where both depression & mania occur. The formal terminology is major depression, with various modifiers that describe severity, duration, & persistence, etc. ...Read more

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How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

Mood Swings: By definition bipolar disorder requires the presence of either cycles of alternating mood or severe and debilitating mood swings. In unipolar depression the concern only has to do with depression. ...Read more

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Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?

That is not quite: How it works. A person with bipolar disorder has periods of markedly ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, elated or irritable mood as well as separate periods of low mood & energy. (a mixed state is also possible). However, I have seen bipolar individuals who over the years, developed one long, chronic depressive episode. Their manic or hypomanic episodes can sort of die out over time. But it is still >>. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs Unipolar: With unipolar depression- antidepressants are the first "go -to" meds. With bipolar depression — mood stabilizers and antispychotics are the first go too's. ...Read more

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Depression in children common?

Depression in children common?

No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids — those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...Read more

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How can u treat depression in children?

How can u treat depression in children?

Child depression: Depending on severity, following evaluation by a child psychiatrist, psychotherapy, both individual and family, group therapy, and mexications if deemed necessary. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

What are the symptoms of clinical depression in children?

Pretty much the: Same as adults: low mood, crying spells, loss of interest, low energy, etc. For more, check out the american academy of child and adolescent psychiatry. ...Read more

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Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?

Parents are good: Parental involvement in a child's life is very important to his/her overall being, growth as an individual, and general self-esteem. Lack of attention, or involvement may play prominent role in depression. ...Read more

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At low dose Abilify activates?in unipolar Treatment-resistant depression.one Dr@healthtap said at low doses aripiprazole activates! Best regards.

At low dose Abilify activates?in unipolar Treatment-resistant depression.one Dr@healthtap said at low doses aripiprazole activates! Best regards.

I have had good: Results when adding in small doses of abilify (aripiprazole) for recalcitrant depression. It is often just what was needed to tip the scales. Take care. ...Read more

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I have almost exhausted the list of medications which are used to treat unipolar/bipolar depression. If none of them help, then what? Give up?

I have almost exhausted the list of medications which are used to treat unipolar/bipolar depression. If none of them help, then what? Give up?

DEPRESSION: Research has shown that there is a much better outcome to relieve depression if you have Psychotherapy in addition to your medication. Please consult with a Clinical Psychologist. ...Read more

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Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Depression: A depressive disorder can be unipolar (no maniac, hypomania or mixed states) or it can be part of a bipolar disorder. Recurrent depressive disorder just means that there are multiple episodes of depression. ...Read more

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Is depression common in children and teens?

Is depression common in children and teens?

Yes: http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/health4.asp
http://www.Nimh. Nih. Gov/statistics/1mdd_child. Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more

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Should a woman with chronic depression have children?

Should a woman with chronic depression have children?

Reflection needed: Doubtful that there is a universal answer for this. This is a personal decision which should be made with careful reflection and may depend on other support, severity of depression, and other risks. Depression can usually be treated with combinations of medication and therapy, but there are also new treatments. Talking to a good psychologist/psychiatrist and exploring the anxiety WB wise. ...Read more

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Does extensive cell phone use in children cause depression?

NO. Look elswhere.: Although the cell phone is ubiquitous in today's society, if a child is using this and not interacting with others, this may be a symptom of social withdrawal. There are many aspects to depression and when suspected it should be discussed with the childs doctor and the child. ...Read more

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My children (aged 22&19) and i, think that my wife has a mental disorder or suffers from depression. When these topics are brought, up she freaks at us?

Not unsual : This is not an unusual response when a loved one is experiencing mental health issues. Nami- national alliance for mental illness and alanon (groups of family members and friends w loved ones w problem drinking) can provide great support in this situation. The key is for you + your chilldren to first seek out support. If your wife is at risk for harming herself or others she need immediate help,. ...Read more

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Can children have depression?

Can children have depression?

Yes: Children can experience depression. If you are concerned that your child is depressed, ask your pediatrician for a referral to a child psychologist. ...Read more

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How susceptible are children to depression?

How susceptible are children to depression?

See below: If we look at a 12-month period, the prevalence of depression is about 1% for pre-pubertal children and around 3% for post-pubertal adolescents. This is from a national guideline from the uk.

More information at:
http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0015779/. ...Read more

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Can depression make you say things you don't mean to adults or children?

Can depression make you say things you don't mean to adults or children?

Depression: Yes, depression/anger/anxiety can make us all say things we don't mean. Have you yet considered psychotherapy to address what ails you? Consult with a reputable psychotherapist soon. ...Read more

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What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?

What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?

No: A history of mild depression should not adversely affect your ability to work with children. With a history of depression, it is important to be able to recognize the early signs of it shall it re-surface. This way you will be able to get prompt treatment. ...Read more

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I get v angry and aggressive.I want to know how to control this behaviour.are this signs of depression.it's effecting my children.I love them a lot.

I get v angry and aggressive.I want to know how to control this behaviour.are this signs of depression.it's effecting my children.I love them a lot.

Bless you for recog-: Nizing that parental anger is detrimental to kids. Discipline wirh emotion is ineffective, as positive or negative attention reinforces behavior. See your primary care for referral to a psychiatrist to assess for unipolar or bipolar depression & discuss medical management & to a psychologist for therapy. Family therapy is a good idea, also, a safe way both to apologize & set behavioral limits. ...Read more

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I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?

I have a history with depression and eating disorders. How likely is it that my children could develop these conditions?

Nature vs Nurture: To some degree, these are inherited — but I'm certain that they are also learned. I believe that part is most important. Firstly, because it is what we can effect. Life can be difficult too, so avoiding emotional/behavioral disorders isn't easy even if there's no family history. Building a life style of making good choices, addressing issues early and solving problems well is what you can model. ...Read more

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I am in crisis. I got three children of age 4, 2 & a newborn. I had depression in the past. Not much support. What can I do?

Seek support: If you need a support system, seek out assistance as soon as possible. Family service association or you local mental health association can get you in the right direction. If you feel at risk to harm yourself or your children, or feel that you are at risk call your local hospital emergency services for immediate attention. If there is family seek support there as well. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Unipolar Depression (Definition)

Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' ...Read more