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What Does It Mean When 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 some one. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
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
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
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, celexa, lexapro, and many others.Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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