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Unipolar Depression In Children
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
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
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
There are many possibilities of treatment for depression. The categories of medications are;
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors:
serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors:
So lots of different options so just speak to your physician. ...Read more
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
Anyone prescribe lamictal at a low dose for anxiety/unipolar depression? My psych suggested it after 4 wks on lexap-i'm well but not 100% premature?
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
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
Is the lack of attention from parents a definite cause of depression in children, or is that not important?
At low dose Abilify activates?in unipolar Treatment-resistant depression.one Dr@healthtap said at low doses aripiprazole activates! Best regards.
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?
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
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
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
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
What do you think, could having a history of minor depression stop you from being able to work with children?
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
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
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