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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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What do the symptoms of depression tell you about childhood?

What do the symptoms of depression tell you about childhood?

Briefly see below: Depends on theoretical orientation, but briefly... We learn how friendly or unfriendly our environment is early in life. We learn how to cope with the environment when we're young. Depending on what happened during those tender years, the way we learn how to relate, communicate, cope with things transcends into adulthood. If something is amiss, this might lead to depression. ...Read more

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Are there any good herbs for childhood depression patients?

Are there any good herbs for childhood depression patients?

Nothing Proven: I agree with dr berkowitz. In addition, there is no scientic proof of herbal effectivenss or how safe these products. Be careful and discuss such therapies with a trained child professional. ...Read more

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Will childhood depression be caused by verbal abuse?

Depression - trauma: If there is no evidence of a family hx of depression and you experienced prolonged and severe verbal abuse, it is possible to have developed a negative self-esteem from the abuse which can lead to pessimism about self, the world, and the future. As a result then depression can occur. ...Read more

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Did stress from anxiety in my childhood cause my depression?

Did stress from anxiety in my childhood cause my depression?

It's possible: There's no way to answer in your particular case, but it's clearly possible for childhood stress (and abuse/neglect) to cause depression in adulthood. The best way to address this question is to have an in-person mental health evaluation with a professional, and be sure to mention this specific concern. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is it I feel anxiety depression for a few days after intense counseling sessions? Is this suppose to happen? Like going back to my childhood stuff

Why is it I feel anxiety depression for a few days after intense counseling sessions? Is this suppose to happen? Like going back to my childhood stuff

Normal Reaction: It can be quite normal for you to experience anxiety and depressive sx's after a counseling session that unearths dormant feelings. As you process your past emotional experiences in tx, you can continue the cognitive process for many days after, because you are restructuring your experience of the events, including confronting any emotions that may have occurred in the past. ...Read more

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Thanks dr. Namey. M underweight since childhood. I eat what my family eats & they all are healthy. Last yr I lost 5 kgs due to depression. Pls advise.?

Thanks dr. Namey. M underweight since childhood. I eat  what my family eats & they all are healthy. Last yr I lost 5 kgs due to depression. Pls advise.?

Due to depression: Weight loss is a sign of depression. Poor appetite poor motivation lack of desire can all be due to depression. A full medical workup may provide clues to medical issues that are causing or contributing to depression as well. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia only a childhood disorder? Could this be the reason for my depression?

Is schizophrenia only a childhood disorder? Could this be the reason for my depression?

Quite the contrary: Schizophrenia is a serious and persisting mental health disorder. It's onset is usually in the late teens for men and early 20's for women. Though there are childhood cases. Depression can also be a serious and persisting condition, but is more likely to be associated with intermittent (sometimes recurrent) periods of major depression. ...Read more

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Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Do some childhood traumas cause delayed depression and mental illness later?

Sometimes: In the past few decades, studies have used MRI to track the neurobiological effects that multiple traumas can have on normal childhood development (i.e. Van der kolk, 2005, "developmental trauma disorder"). If left untreated, these traumatic experiences can have lasting effects on mental health, including depression and anxiety. The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. ...Read more

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