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Doctor insights on: Yoga Intervention For Young Adults With Elevated Symptoms Of Depression

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Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Is mbsr training recommended for patients suffering clinical depression, mild chronic depression, or high levels of stress and anxiety?

Not everyone: I recommend mbsr training to many of my patients. Recommendations are very individual, since severely depressed people may not be able to attend well to the process, or silent meditation may result in losing one's self in self-deprecating/negative thinking. Moderate depression is quite different though -- there is even mindfulness-based cbt for depression. Mbsr can be very helpful in anxiety! ...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 kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?

What kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?

PANIC DISORDERS: They are always on the look out for anything to happen.Causes of panic attack are sometimes minor for them to react. ...Read more

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Can a person who was mentally healthy present with moderate symptoms of alzheimer's following several infections?

Can a person who was mentally healthy present with moderate symptoms of alzheimer's following several infections?

Yes: Often the symptoms of early dementia go unrecognized. After a significant illness or general anesthesia there can be a notable and very obvious change in cognition so that is often when the diagnosis is made. However one needs to be vigilant for delirium which can mimic dementia or be present at the same time. See an experienced geriatric psychiatrist for evaluation if this occurs. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a school-aged child with depression?

What are symptoms of a school-aged child with depression?

Many: Social withdrawal, change in school performance, diminished enjoyment or participation in doing things for fun, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep, etc. Any suspicion of depression should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What are signs of adult a.D.D. ? And also ptsd? I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety

What are signs of adult a.D.D. ? And also ptsd?  I was sexually abused as a child. Have issues with memory, easily distracted, depression, stress management/anxiety

You may have both: The sx of adhd and ptsd may overlap. Especially in the details of easy distractabilty and poor memory. You should see a counselor for your ptsd symptoms but you should get some comprehensive psychological testing to determine if you have both or the one diagnosis ater this you may or may not want to add medication to the counseling. ...Read more

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How rare is a stroke in the male age group 25-30?Especislly with no family history and healthy life style.What causes them in young? Severe HP/ HChol?

How rare is a stroke in the male age group 25-30?Especislly with no family history and healthy life style.What causes them in young? Severe HP/ HChol?

Can be complex: Strokes in young folks are often caused by very different disorders, such as classical migraine associated with smoking and female hormones, but another to search for might be MTHFR mutations with high homocysteine, or perhaps cocaine or meth issues. Trauma of course, congenital vascular malformations. Would suggest an opinion at a nearby medical school, as there could be future risks. ...Read more

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How many years to cure the febrile seizure's in kids and adults? What r drugs to cure age 6+ and completed 15+ episodes of fits patient's?

How many years to cure the febrile seizure's in kids and adults? What r drugs to cure age 6+ and completed 15+ episodes of fits patient's?

By age 6 yrs: Febrile seizures usually subside by age 6 yr.if they are continuing you need to see a pediatric neurologist,get an EEG and then decide on treatment ...Read more

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How rare is multiple mood disorders associated with dysthymia in a young child? I work with a young kid, about 7 years old, who takes Prozac for this.

How rare is multiple mood disorders associated with dysthymia in a young child? I work with a young kid, about 7 years old, who takes Prozac for this.

Prevelance?: With even a slight chance of rain, if you're wet - it happened. This is rare and Prozac is not usually good for youngsters but the Dr who felt it necessary either is a specialist or should refer to one. Dysthymia is not 'happy' but it's often seen as mild enough to treat w/o Rx. Talk to the parent/guardian. Happy holidays! ...Read more

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Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Is medical marijuana useful to calm PTSD or anxiety in patients with seizure disorder who can't be on typical anxiety medications?

Can't say: Unfortunately, very little reliable, peer reviewed research has been done regarding the safety and efficacy of marijuana for anything, despite the long list list of conditions for which it has allegedly been helpful. My own guess it that it is not likely to be helpful, since it clouds thinking, and is difficult to dose properly, resulting in an under or overdose. Stick with more proven therapies ...Read more

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Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

I : I also don't think it is typical for autonomic dysfunction to occur in people with somatoform disorders during sleep. It does happen; part of differential diagnoses and workup for somatoform disorders include screening for adrenal problems which are a source of adrenaline, heart problems like atrial fibrillation. It's been said that patients with these mental health conditions have high autonomic arousal. ...Read more

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Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc)  during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more

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Is constant memory problems, real severe at times, normal for somebody disabled with lifelong anxiety/bipolar depression disorder?

Is constant memory problems, real severe at times, normal for somebody disabled with  lifelong anxiety/bipolar depression disorder?

(here we go): Memory problems are a very common collateral effect of benzodiazepines like clonazepam. Also, rebound anxiety, depression, balance problems, tolerance (stops working, requiring higher doses eventually to exert same effects) and dependency. I wish you well, remember to discuss it with your dr, who knows you better. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do children and adolescents have differential response rates in placebo-controlled trials of fluoxetine?

Do children and adolescents have differential response rates in placebo-controlled trials of fluoxetine?

Don't know: I don't know about placebo controlled trials and the response rates. I know that in most cases of children and teens that i treat with fluoxetine, there is dramatic improvement in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Do teens with ms progress to disability faster than adults? And what's the outlook for a teen with ms nowadays?

Do teens with ms progress to disability faster than adults? And what's the outlook for a teen with ms nowadays?

Complex question: The earlier MS is diagnosed it tends to have a more rapid decline, but this depends on so much such as what type of MS you have, treatments available to you and past progression and family member progression if applicable. I wish I could have a more concrete answer for you, but the disease is so complex its hard to answer from in a few hundred characters on here. Wishing you all the best. ...Read more

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What are some good parenting techniques for working with a child with severe emotional and aggressive behavioral problems?

What are some good parenting techniques for working with a child with severe emotional and aggressive behavioral problems?

Behavior probs: I have published a book on kindle which provides guidance to parents with children who have behavior problems. It is called: parenting the kids according to a child psychiatrist and sells for only $5.95. The book may help you to help your child's behavior. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are people who develop schizophrenia in early adulthood weird/depressed along with other mental issues as a child and teen? Or were they just normal

Are people who develop schizophrenia in early adulthood weird/depressed along with other mental issues as a child and teen? Or were they just normal

Weird? : Some people express symptoms or prodromal characteristics early in life. Many, if not most, showed no symptoms. The change in behavior is often what leads to diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

I needcontract with adult child living at home. Both mother and son have extreme anxiety issues, including depression and lack of self-worth.

SOUNDS DIFFICULT: Whatever the way of living has been, it doesn't seem successful. Anxiety and depression are hard to bear & hard to live with. Maybe time to take all to a therapist and see what can be done to change things. This does not have to be permanent. Sometimes one personalone cannot find a better way. The chances improve when a thearpist witha different view joins in. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more