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How does one know if they are officially depressed and need treatment?

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Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: State of mind/see MD

"depression" has become misused for "sad".
"officially" diagnose depression for treatment/disability by doctors/psychologists. But, you can understand its nature if you know it's a "state of mind": people feel low energy, motivation, interest, sex drive, purpose, projectionm; irritability, guilt/worthlessness, and can lead to suicidal ideas. Discuss it with md to define severity and your needs.

In brief: State of mind/see MD

"depression" has become misused for "sad".
"officially" diagnose depression for treatment/disability by doctors/psychologists. But, you can understand its nature if you know it's a "state of mind": people feel low energy, motivation, interest, sex drive, purpose, projectionm; irritability, guilt/worthlessness, and can lead to suicidal ideas. Discuss it with md to define severity and your needs.
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Take quiz/see doctor

Most people are occasionally depressed, but there are clear criteria doctors use to assess clinical depression.
There are good online quizzes at http://psychcentral.Com/depquiz.Htm & http://counsellingresource.Com/lib/quizzes/depression-testing/ if you feel depressed consult with a psychologist, psychiatrist or family doctor. While medications may help, i advise a holistic approach to treatment.

In brief: Take quiz/see doctor

Most people are occasionally depressed, but there are clear criteria doctors use to assess clinical depression.
There are good online quizzes at http://psychcentral.Com/depquiz.Htm & http://counsellingresource.Com/lib/quizzes/depression-testing/ if you feel depressed consult with a psychologist, psychiatrist or family doctor. While medications may help, i advise a holistic approach to treatment.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Randy Baker
A holistic approach to depression may include medications, but to give medication as the only treatment is inadequate. Supplements like 5-HTP & SAMe are proven as effective as meds and are safer. Proper diet, nutritional supplements such as B complex and Vit D, herbs like ashwagandha and rhodiola, counseling, exercise and meditation are among the components of a comprehensive holistic approach.
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You are welcome

You are very welcome.
I will try to continue to provide information to those in need.

In brief: You are welcome

You are very welcome.
I will try to continue to provide information to those in need.
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
Dr. Ricardo Bernal
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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Impaired function

Depression is an illness, with physical symptoms (changes in sleep, appetite, energy) feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest, social withdrawal, poor concentration, possibly suicidal thoughts.
If someone has these symptoms for at least 2 wks and is unable to function at full capacity, treatment is appropriate.

In brief: Impaired function

Depression is an illness, with physical symptoms (changes in sleep, appetite, energy) feelings of hopelessness, loss of interest, social withdrawal, poor concentration, possibly suicidal thoughts.
If someone has these symptoms for at least 2 wks and is unable to function at full capacity, treatment is appropriate.
Dr. Anne Sagalyn
Dr. Anne Sagalyn
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