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Why Do People Like To Be Depressed
Clinical Depression?: 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. This is in contrast to a depressed mood which just means that you feel low. ...Read more
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
Evaluate: I am sorry to hear this. It is important to evaluate your life from time to time to see if what made you happy in the past is still working or if you need to make some changes. Often it is something simple that needs to change and makes a lot of difference and other times larger issues need to be addressed. Eating a good diet, getting plenty of rest, exercise and the support of friends helps. ...Read more
Get help now: Sadness is a natural response to loss and painful things. One grieves what is lost, and then reconstructs life in a new way. Depression, however, is an illness that can lead to suicidal thoughts. Thinking you "shouldn't be here" indicates you need prompt evaluation & help -- please see your physician asap. 1-800-273-8255 is also a national hotline that can connect you with local resources. ...Read more
Encourage you: To seek out evaluation by your primary care provider who can help to make diagnosis and search for underlying medical problems. Depression can be addressed with psychological services such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychiatric interventions with medication can also be beneficial. ...Read more
Are you sure you're: Not depressed? It sounds like you feel depressed. Do you have a family history of depression? Personal history of depression? Do you feel down, tired, loss of interest or enjoyment, have trbl sleeping, concentrating, eating? Do you feel hopeless or helpless? If you've been feeling low, and/or have any of the above sxs, contact ur doc ASAP, as you would surely benefit from a psychiatric evaluation ...Read more
Exercise: Or call a "warm line"Get a more detailed answer ›
Your Dr can assess: For mood disorder & underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psych meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Sleep at least 8 hrs/ night & eat healthfully. Daily exercise is a big +. Try acupuncture, tai chi, qi gong, yoga or meditation. ...Read more
Depression: I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from depression. Go see your FamilyDoc and/or psychiatrist/psychologist as soon as possible. Some medications can increase risk for depression so tell prescribing doc what's going on. Don't wait or delay. Get treatment (including non-drug options eg counseling) now as there is no need for you to suffer. Just work closely w/your doctors to optimize health. ...Read more
Yes: Although kids and teens may develop symptoms that look a little different. Usually, one notices that grades and socializing suffer. Instead of feeling or appearing depressed, kids and teens can look easily irritable. A child psychiatrist can help evaluate and tease out the symptoms. ...Read more
Have you been: Involved with dialectical behavior therapy? It may be very beneficial to you. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. Here are some basics: don't isolate. Spend time with people. Having a support system is very important. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Work to. ...Read more
Intensive treatment: Partial hospitalization is the most intensive form of outpatient treatment setting for depression. A person goes to the partial hospital (php), also called day treatment for a few hours 3-5 days/week to receive talk therapy (group and individual) and medication treatment for depression. Hospitalization is usually reserved for those with depression who are high risk of harming themselves.... ...Read more
Glycemic issues: Some foods seem to cause increased inflammation, such as the night-shade group, red meats, and of course, food additives such as monosodium glutamate, nitrites, aspartame, which are best to fully avoid. Might watch out for foods increasing blood sugar, and white items such as white bread, rice, potatoes. ...Read more
Depression: I'd suggest consulting a psychologist to help you sort out your feelings. Your state psychological association can provide names of psychologists in your area. ...Read more
Seek therapy: Depression can seem impossible to deal with and make life seem not worth living. Simple things like eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising can be quite helpful. It is important to identify why you are depressed, environment and/or genetics, and develop coping skills different from what you have been using. A good therapist can help. ...Read more
Firstly,: Medications from a psychiatrist are useful and can treat the underlying cause. Other ways include focusing on your breathing during times of higher anxiety. There are inexpensive, even free brief books on mindfulness practices that when practiced regularly are effective for relaxation and improved sleep. ways to soothe your senses; touch, sight, sound, etc. Provided that the stimuli are calming. ...Read more
Sometimes when a: Person is depressed they can become emotionally needy. This actually can deplete others. It is very important that you have a professional in your life who can devote time regularly to your needs. As you unload burdens & learn new coping skills your depression can improve. Encourage you to see your physician. It is always important to rule out medical causes for depressive symptoms. Med may be >>. ...Read more
You may be right: Depression can be just like you described. Usually other symptoms are present -- change in sleeping/eating patterns, feeling hopeless thoughts of death, suicide.Lack of energy, guilt etc. The safe thing would be to see an md to determine the safest and most appropriate level of care and MAP out a treatment plan. ...Read more
Many possibilities: I don't know what you've quit that you're saying this about yourself. Have you noticed a pattern of giving up on things you wanted to do, or committed to? What do people close to you tell you? Depression can certainly make you feel tired and like giving up. . . But it's not the only possibility. Maybe a physical problem, like anemia or hypothyroid? See your family doctor for a checkup. ...Read more
Kinds of Depression:
Psychological causes do not respond to medication. They require the right kinds of therapy and a patient who is open to it.
Medical conditions can contribute, need to be checked.
Other family members with depression?
When, how and even why it began?
"complete cure" very rare.
A complex disorder. Needs thorough evaluation by expert. ...Read more
What are you doing:
To help yourself currently? Your dr can assess
for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/. ...Read more
No.: This may indicate some social phobia that is probably not related to depression. Signs of depression include depressed mood, change in sleep pattern, loss of interest in activities, feelings of guilt/hopelessness, decreased energy, decreased concentration, change in appetite, slowed actions/thoughts, and/or feelings of self-harm, and the symptoms must be present for 2+ weeks. ...Read more
Why are depressed people forced to live? Depressed people (like me) want nothing more than to die!
I do not like taking pills and im looking for a more natural way to treat my depression. Any suggestions?
Natural aids: Exercise is a natural antidepressant. Even when you feel like staying in bed, get up and exercise. It will improve your mood. Laughter is also a natural antidepressant. See a funny movie. Laugh out loud. Speak with a friend. Go to a mall, it may help you get your mind off your troubles. Listen to music it may also help improve your mood. Therapy is also a huge help so wy not take advantage of it? ...Read more
I like keeping a diary. I never realized, but I'm so angry in my posts. Does this mean that I am depressed?
Not necessarily: Keeping a diary, even one with angry posts, is a great way to express your feelings in a healthy, controlled manner. It can be a cathartic experience and, as you said, you enjoy doing it. If you lose interest in something you enjoy (like writing), notice a change in your eating or sleeping habits, or have feelings of worthlessness, then consider talking to your doctor about possible depression. ...Read more
Ifeel like im depressed and not getting better. Its been almost a year. Can you describe what depression is?
Depression is a mood: Disorder. Depression Sx’s may include *sad/angry/irritable mood, *low energy level, *lack of motivation, * absence of joy, * feeling helpless or hopeless, * feeling guilty, * low self-esteem, problems with memory, concentration or decision making, crying spells, suicidal thoughts, isolation from others, problems with job performance. Etc. ...Read more