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What Happens If Depression Is Not Treated
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
It depends: It depends what you mean by Depression. Depression is a symptom and a description of one's mood. There are Depressive Disorders, like Major Depressive Disorder and there are others as well. A person with. Major Depression may have a decline in functioning at home or at work, a change in their weight and in severe cases, may even become suicidal. An evaluation is first, then a treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medicine and therapy: Fortunately, there are various effective treatments for depression. The standard treatment includes medication, and/or psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy). These approaches have been demonstrated to be effective. There are also various brain stimulation therapies (electroconvulsive therapy is the most researched stimulation therapy and has the longest history of use). Ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Same As Adults: Depression in teenagers is mostly treated in the same way as adults. Medications are used if needed, although medication use does require more monitoring due to evidence of slightly higher risk of side effects. Other non-medication therapies can be helpful - with teens it is more common to involved parents and families in treatment since family issues are often part of the picture. ...Read more
Depression: When someone has 2 weeks or more of depressed mood, loss of interest in usual activities, insomnia or hypersomnia, fatigue, psychomotor slowing or agitation observable by others, loss of or increase in appetite with weight change, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty concentrating, and suicidal thoughts or attempts, major depression is very likely. Treatment (see comment). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Depression can be treated without medication, but some people need it to complement lifestyle changes. Like someone with a heart condition needs their meds, people with depression do too. Exercise, therapy, laughter, good company and positive thinking can all help someone who is depressed yet medicines can facilitate a better outcome over the long term. (thanks to j. Batt.). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Thorough evaluation: Clinical depression is a medical illness. You should consult with your family physician or internist. A psychiatric consultation is certainly reasonable. In my practice, i treat patients with both medications and psychotherapy, which tends to be the optimal route. You want to make sure you have an accurate diagnosis, and are taking full, therapeutic doses of medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Screening ?s: There are depression screening questionnaires you can find on the net. There are multiple different treatments available including diet & behavior modifications, otc herbals and rx medications. If you are concerned you should seek an opinion from your general doctor, or a mental health specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clnical depression: Because, it's miserable to be depressed on an ongoing basis, isn't it? Would someone choose to continue to suffer if there were an alternative available that can lead to increased happiness? If it's clinical depression, chances are it may not resolve on its own, without professional help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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