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What are some online writing activities to help depression?

What are some online writing activities to help depression?

Not sure: Why it would need to be online, but journaling has been found to be very helpful while working through depression. ...Read more

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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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Are there some writing activities than can help depression?

Are there some writing activities than can help depression?

Free Writing: Free writing is just writing whatever comes to mind, without thinking about it. It might provide you with a clue as to what is causing the internalized stress that you are experiencing as depression. On the other hand, talking to a good therapist can do the same and you have someone else to remember and interpret what you are avoiding. ...Read more

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Online tests for depression any good?

Online tests for depression any good?

Not the best: At best, online tests for depression are only useful for screening depressive symptoms...And that is if you happen to stumble across a well researched one. The best way to determine if you have depression is to visit with a psychologist or psychiatrist since there are different types of depression, which have different causes, and require different treatments. ...Read more

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Where can I find online support site if I have depression?

Where can I find online support site if I have depression?

Depression site: Apa or ama sites for clinical info. Any support group site for general info. ...Read more

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I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

I took tests for depression online. They were vague. Where can I get definite diagnosis?

No Self-Dx: Even if the tests on line were not vague, you still will need someone to help you explain the results. Number itself is meaningless, what's more important is the item analysis. Also, diagnosis is not given based on a single measure. There're several measures that assess whatever is needed for your diagnosis. Bottom line-- don't diagnose yourself, get a professional to do it. ...Read more

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Well I took some depression test online and I passed them all but is there still a chance I can get depression because i'm wooried

Well  I took some depression test online and I passed them all but is there still a chance I can get depression because i'm wooried

Yes: If you are concerned about symptoms of depression, please see your doctor or mental health provider. Your concerns and symptoms can be explored further and treated, if necessary. ...Read more

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I think that I'm suffering with depression I've noticed all the symptoms and done an online test and it all adds up I don't know what to do I'm 17 ?

I think that I'm suffering with depression I've noticed all the symptoms and done an online test and it all adds up I don't know what to do I'm 17 ?

Depression: Depression is a very common disease and like any other disease is treatable . Self assessment can be done using Patient health Questionnaire ( PHQ-9 ). Depression can be secondary to thyroid problems or side affects of drugs. Depression can be easily treated by GP by antidepressant medications or by counselling . If someone has thoughts of hurting themselves or anyone else they should call 111 . ...Read more

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How common is depression that's related to getting older? I.e., feeling "over the hill". Are there any good online resources for more info on this?

How common is depression that's related to getting older?  I.e., feeling "over the hill".  Are there any good online resources for more info on this?

Aging and depression: It is very common to evaluate one's life when you are nearing milestones. Turning 40 is difficult for many people, but it can be a positive time of life if you take steps to stay physically active and healthy. Get a physical checkup, then establish a regular exercise plan. Eat healthy, quit smoking, spend time with friends, and challenge your mind. Try AARP.org online or WebMD.com ...Read more

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I think i may be suffering from depression but I am not to sure it could be just a sadday but after looking online it looks like I have symptoms of it?

Try to avoid: Too much in the way of "on-line self diagnosis". If you think you are experiencing depression and it is so severe that you are incapacitated by it, first try your doctor or a psychologist and discuss. If just one bad day like you suggest, then you are just like the rest of us and have the usual ups and downs of life. ...Read more

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