Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Yes, but... Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients.
Yes. Lithium works for depression. While there are "newer" drugs, lithium has unique mechanism of action that is not reproducible by other drugs. Therefore, lithium is an important option. There is no such thing as better or worse antidepressants. Best antidepressant is the one that works for you. You are lucky if your doctor is willing to consider lithium. It is not being promoted by any drug company.
Lithium. Been used for years to treat depressed phase of bipolar disorder. Is good mood stabilizers but for pure depression, i prefer using antidepressants & if response is inadequate , then lithium can supplement the antidepressants.
Yes lithium can. Be used fro depressive symptoms , specially for people sho mutate themselves , get angry and no responding to antidepressant and to bipolar people as mood stabelizer.
See below. Lithium can work. However, this is an old medication with a lot of potential side effects. There are better medications.

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How common is clinical depression?

Very common. About 1 out of every 9 people are clinically depressed and about 1/3 of all people have an episode of depression during their life. Read more...
Unfortunately - Very. Up to 1 out of every 6 people experience a depressive episode in their lifetime. For every 4 people who get treated for clinical depression, it is estimated that only 1 receives adequate treatment. If one suffers from treatment resistant depression, you are not alone, 15% of people who develop clinical depression have a treatment resistant form. Read more...

How to know if I have clinical depression?

Seek psychiatric. Eval. Depression sx’s can include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. Read more...

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

Biological Problem. The term "clinical depression" is usually understood to mean a set of symptoms that are thought to be related to changes or problems in brain chemistry. Therefore, clinical or major depression is largely considered to be a physical or biological problem. However, it is clear that environmental factors can either worsen or improve depressive symptoms. Read more...
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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

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Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Rx for depression. If clinical depression has not responded to the usual antidepressant medications and counseling, you should consult a psychiatrist. Hospitalization may be necessary. There are some new medications that might be helpful and when all else fails electroconvulsive shock may be helpful. Read more...
Yes . It may take awhile to find treatments that work sustainably for you, but please don't lose hope. Psychiatrists know many medications, and combining/augmenting them may arrive at a regimen that truly benefits you. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment, and increases effectiveness substantially. There are also transcranial magnetic stimulation, ect, and still other possibilities. Read more...

I would like help with my clinical depression?

Consider seeing a. Psychiatrist, psychologist or your doctor 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. Read more...

How can I help someone with clinical depression?

Support, Encourage. The best way to help someone with depression is to simply make sure they know that you care. Look for ways to support and encourage him/her, and also encourage this person to seek out appropriate help. You can also encourage him/her to take care of personal health through diet, exercise, sleep, and consistent routines. Read more...
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Encourage . Depression is a treatable illness, but nature of illness is such that patients don't seek treatment. Encourage them first to go see a doctor and then continue. Exercise, eating right and sleep hygiene will help. Hopelessness and suicidal ideation is common, you can be there in times of need to lee them safe. Research shows that social support is important in treatment of depression. Read more...
Depression. Please encourage them to seek the services of a physician and counseling. Read more...

Why does clinical depression need to be treated?

Depression. One very frequent symptom of depression is suicidal thoughts. Sometimes this progresses to the patient attempting suicide. We have found that treatment through a combination of medications and talk therapy helps people manage their depression, which prevents suicide and allows people to live a higher quality of life (be happy), be present for their family, and be healthier overall. Read more...
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