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What are the symptoms of depresion?

What are the symptoms of depresion?

Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. ...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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What can be done for persistant depresion besides drugs?

What can be done for persistant depresion besides drugs?

Depression: Psychotherapy is very effective in treating the symptoms of depression. Consult with a mental health professional in your area who can help you uncover causes and help you learn to cope more effectively with what has and is troubling you in your life. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I help a loved one who is suffering from depresion?

How can I help a loved one who is suffering from depresion?

Cool kindness: Urge the person to comply with medical treatment. Usually this can be managed with medication (hopefully short term) and psychotherapy (best is cognitive-behavioral; avoid therapists who urge a lot of looking back or thinking about what someone hates instead of what someone loves.) no arguing or trying to talk-out-of-it, no blaming, no demands. Watch for signs of suicide & call 911 if must. ...Read more

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Work is so demanding have not had tine with family and friends for a long time get home do chores and thats it can this become depresion?

Work is so demanding have not had tine with family and friends for a long time get home do chores and thats it can this become depresion?

Absoutely: If you're not taking care of yourself-your physical OR emotional needs,over time,this can definitely lead to depression.If you don't have time in your life to do anything you enjoy,this can certainly cause you to feel trapped,sad and even angry.If you already feel like you have those symptoms,talk to a doctor.Regardless if you do or don't try to make room in your life for what makes you happy ...Read more

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Doea hydrocephalus cause depresion?

Doea hydrocephalus  cause   depresion?

Hydrocephalus: People with normal pressure hydrocephalus can have apathy, which can look like depression. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19996513 this isn't the same illness as major depression, though. ...Read more

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How effective is counselling for depresion?

How effective is  counselling for depresion?

Cognitive-behavioral: Therapy is the most effective treatment for depression. It may sometimes need to be supplemented with medication. It's also helpful to exercise, engage in social interaction & engrossing activities, practice gratitude, do kind things for others, develop & commit to meaningful goals, practice stress management, & talk to trusted, empathic people. 90% in consumer rprts study -- counseling helped. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mild chronic depresion?

What is the definition or description of: mild chronic depresion?

Dysthymia: Dysthymia (dysthymic disorder) is chronic, mild depressed or irritable mood which occurs most days for at least 2 years in adults or at least a year in a child. Associated sxs can include: low energy, hopelessness, low self esteem, & problems with sleep, appetite, concentration & decision making. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Multiple causes: Refers to a mood condition typified by the presence of a combination of symptoms including loss of interest, sad mood, appetite& weight changes, low energy, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, guilt or shame with or without feelings of hopelessness and despair. In severe cases suicidal thoughts and/or psychosis may also be present. Most commonly used to describe mdd & bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

It is treatable: The condition involves depressed or sad mood, changes in eating habits, lack of interest, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and changes in sleep patterns. Sufferers may experience one or many of these symptoms. Most severely, depression may lead to feelings of hopelessness and a desire to harm oneself or others. Fortunately, the condition is treatable. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression: Clinical depression is sad affect, depressed mood, changes in energy/sleep/appetite, poor memory/concentration, loss of interests, physical complaints such as pain, feelings of helplessness/hopelessness/despair/giving up/self hatred, crying spells. ...Read more

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What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Chemical depression-neuroscience lab tests-urine. ...Read more

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What is depression?

Low mood: Depression is an illness that can affect how you feel and behave for weeks or months at a time. When you are depressed, your low mood lasts, affecting your sleep, relationships, job and appetite. Depression is linked with many conditions all with similar symptoms, but with different causes and treatment choices. For more info: https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/a-z/resource/13/depression ...Read more

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Signs of depression?

Signs of depression?

Perpetual sadness: Period of intense sadness, regular crying, apathy, decrease in energy and appetite, poor sleep, decreased motivation and enjoyment of activities, poor self care, isolation and withdrawal, hopelessness, thoughts of suicide. These thoughts, behaviors and feelings are typically not associated with things that would make one sad (loss) but are often independent of life's circumstances. ...Read more

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Signs of depression?

Signs of depression?

Persistent low mood: Sad and low mood which persists for weeks accompanied by changes in sleep and appetite, decrease interest in previously pleasurable activities, decrease motivation, concentration and interest life are commonly seen in depression. Hopelessness and suicidal ideation may be signs of worsening depression and needs immediate help. ...Read more

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Do I have depression?

Do I have depression?

Depression signs: Include being down most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in activities, unintended increase/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. Talk to your physician or a mental health professional to decide. ...Read more

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What cause depression?

What cause depression?

Causes of depression: Include a genetic component that increases your risk when a blood relative has depression, distressing experiences combined with dysfunctional negative thinking and beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to withdrawing socially & reducing pleasurable & rewarding activities. Cultivating an optimistic, resilient attitude that sees problems as solvable challenges help prevent depression. ...Read more

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What helps depression?

What helps depression?

Many things: This is a good question.. It depends on several factors. Most important is the cause of the depression. I suggest a consultation with a psychiatrist for clarification and treatment. Usually psychotherapy, physical activity and, if necessary, medication can be effective. Ask your family doc for a referral to a therapist sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Is depression my fault?

Is depression my fault?

No way, No how: Please never forget that in some way , the unavailable portion of my mental apparatus-the unconscious, has co-opted my mood and reasoning. Result : depression. Depression is increasing. Approaching 18%. It is a complicated & serious disease. Both genetics and development are intertwined. Biogenetics is greatly advancing;in addition to better medication; learned psychoth. = new br path/conn. ...Read more

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What causes depression?

What causes depression?

Multitude of things: A question surely pondered thru the ages. Some people are born with a genetic predisposition and a strong family hty. Drug and alcohol abuse can cause depression. Prolonged exposure to stress can make the most resilient among us depressed. Medical depression may be related to inflammatory cytokines which travel from site of illness to brain (e.G mult. Sclerosis can present with depression). ...Read more

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Can kids get depression?

Can kids get depression?

Yes: Children can get depression as well as adults, although they may not present with the same symptoms. Both can experience changes in sleep and eating patterns, social withdrawal, depressed mood, or even suicidal thoughts. In children, also look for someone who doesn't take pleasure in things they used to enjoy, lots of headaches or stomach aches, or even hallucinations if severe enough. ...Read more

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