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What are the symptoms of depression when should drugs be used for treatment?

What are the symptoms of depression when should drugs be used for treatment?

Funtion is key: Rather than symptoms pointing to use of medications, i more likely focus on severity, duration and degree of impairment from depression. This is usually correlated with number of symptoms. So i would treat anyone whose symptoms are severe enough to impair function for over a two week period. The type of symptoms may influence my choice of meds rather than if i prescribe or not. ...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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I have many of the symptoms of clinical depression. I've accepted my depression as a part of life. How could medical treatment help me?

Depression: If depression is what you have, there are many effective treatments including psychotherapies and medications. Also there are lifestyle changes: consistent aerobic exercise; healthy diet (veggies, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats, etc -- no processed foods!); connecting with others; spiritual practice; etc. Help is available with your doctor if you'd like it. Evaluation 1st, though. ...Read more

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What should I do to resistant treatment depression? It is so severe and nothing has worked so far I've tried psychotherapy and all kinds of medication and nothing worked...I have been also having really bad phsyical symptoms like sick feeling, burning, st

What should I do to resistant treatment depression? It is so severe and nothing has worked so far I've tried psychotherapy and all kinds of medication and nothing worked...I have been also having really bad phsyical symptoms like sick feeling, burning, st

Thorough physical : You need to get a comprehensive, thorough physical exam first. You may very well have a low thyroid disorder, which may account for the lack of improvement in your illness. You may have a malabsorption disorder. You may need ECT or similar treatment. Maybe maoi's. I recommend going to a local medical school department of psychiatry for a referral for a psychiatrist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can antidepressant drugs really cure depression ... How much a degree of 10 can you give for antidepressant drugs as an effective treatment ?

Can antidepressant drugs really cure depression ... How much a degree of 10 can you give for antidepressant drugs as an effective treatment ?

From a Ph.D.'s POV: I'd think more of 'resolve' and manage than cure, but drugs do seem helpful for more severe cases especially in combo with coordinated CBT therapy. That's where you can learn skills to use throughout your life. Rating scales don't work for this - what you invest will make it successful. If it's mild to moderate - therapy and you together can avoid side effects or, at least minimize doses. ...Read more

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I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

Therapy: Looking into the possible reasons for your anhedonia in your life experiences with a therapist may give you better understanding and help you make changes. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is drug treatment for depression a long-term solution or only for a short period? Do some doctors recommend lifestyle changes over medications?

Is drug treatment for depression a long-term solution or only for a short period? Do some doctors recommend lifestyle changes over medications?

Yes to all: Some people have a traumatic event and take meds for a short period. Some people have a chemical imbalance and just need to take the medication regularly. Lifestyle changes and resolving issues should always be the first option. Unfortunately, lifesyle changes and resolving issues is more easily said than done. ...Read more

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My partner believes I am bipolar/depression. How to i get myself to seek treatment when i'm having depressed symptoms? (no motivation, self-loathing)

My partner believes I am bipolar/depression. How to i get myself to seek treatment when i'm having depressed symptoms? (no motivation, self-loathing)

You are seeking!: Asking this question is a big step in the right direction. It might seem insignificant, as you say, depressed symptoms can really put you in a bind when it comes to getting help. If you don't have the energy or motivation to find a therapist, ask your partner to help. It might be easier to get help than you think. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, my question is about depression..what are the symptoms of depression snd related treatments? Thank you!

Hi, my question is about depression..what are the symptoms of depression snd related treatments? 
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Dep.: Called neuro-vegetative symptoms; sad affect, changes in energy/appetite/sleep, feelings of hopelessness/helplessness, thoughts of self harm, guilt feelings, crying spells, lack of concentration. ...Read more

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