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What can I do for my clinical depression without going to a doctor?

What can I do for my clinical depression without going to a doctor?

Exercise: Exercise, the data says the more the better. Resist the urge to do less. Try to remain active. Try to get out and be around other positive people. Don't allow yourself to become isolated. Reflect on what changes you can make in your life that may be helpful. You may want to do some journaling and put some of your emotions to paper. Therapy works as well as medication although it more time. ...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 any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my clinical depression?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my clinical depression?

Differential Dx: There are no specific laboratory tests to diagnose depression. There are tests which should be performed to rule out conditions in the differential diagnosis. Your md should check for hypothyroidism, anemia, hyponatremia, and liver function at a minimum. Screening tools such as the beck depression inventory provide the severity of depression. Your md can treat mild to moderate depression. ...Read more

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Can suicidial thoughts result from clinical depression & bpd? I have been diagnosed w/ both. I see a psyd. Should i tell my physician also?

Can suicidial thoughts result from clinical depression & bpd? I have been diagnosed w/ both. I see a psyd. Should i tell my physician also?

Yes: Sounds like you should let your psychologist know. You should also see a psychiatrist. If you have suicidal plan and intent, you should go to the er or call your doctor or local crisis help- line or call 911. St . John's wort is often ineffective in severe depression. Get a psychiatric evaluation asap. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Can I treat my depression without going to the doctor?

Possibly - if not: severe. There are many things you can do for depression. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to get 8 hours or > of sleep per night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Recommend the “Feeling Good Book" by Dr. David Burns. ...Read more

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What can I do when my girlfriend has depression but she doesn't even want to talk about going to a doctor?

What can I do when my girlfriend has depression but she doesn't even want to talk about going to a doctor?

Won't get help!: First:validate however she is feeling.Ask questions until you understand how she feels, what she needs, what she might be afraid of, and how she thinks she can have the health, wellbeing, and life that she wants. Getting better, seeking help is a process. Help her along her process. The only time to interfere is if her or anyone's safety is acutely at risk.Then call 911 or take her to her md or er. ...Read more

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I wanna go on depression pills but i don't know how to ask my doctor?

I wanna go on depression pills but i don't know how to ask my doctor?

Talk w/doc about you: Primary care doctors have basic training to assess for depression. If indicated, many start their patients on antidepressants. Some aren't comfortable with doing this. You can also ask your doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist -- psychiatrists have specific training to evaluate & treat depression and other mental health conditions. Seeing one will allow you to receive specialized help. ...Read more

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Want to go to the doctors for my depression but i don't want therapy. What will happen?

Want to go to the doctors for my depression but i don't want therapy. What will happen?

Partial improvement: The most effective way to treat depression is a combination of therapy and medication. Why wouldn't you want therapy if it can help? If you're afraid of what might be revealed, that could be an indication of the need for releasing it. Medication can be very helpful but may not be enough by itself. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for depression? All I know is you go to your doctor but what do they actually do?

How do you get tested for depression? All I know is you go to your doctor but what do they actually do?

Assess severity: Doctors assess the severity of the depression including the risk of patient harming themselves. Some doctors use questionnaires to help with the assessment. Sometimes blood tests are ordered. Depending on the severity of the depression treatment may include: Self-help advice Counseling/psychology (including cognitive behavior therapy Medication Urgent referral to specialist. ...Read more

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Hi i suffer with depression and i have to go to the doctors about painful muscles and im scared what tests he might want to do.

Hi i suffer with depression and i have to go to the doctors about painful muscles and im scared what tests he might want to do.

It is your body ...: There are a range of conditions that can present with muscle pain including inflammatory conditions, fibromyalgia, thyroid conditions, muscle tension. After a thorough history and exam your Dr may offer some blood tests to identify or exclude these conditions. At every stage make sure you know what is being tested for, and what a test involves. This is called consent. Your Dr works WITH you ...Read more

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