- Trouble concentrating
- No zest for life
- Trouble sleeping
- Sleep too much
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
1 AnswerDr. Michael Roizen, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredKeep in mind that chronic, relentless depression -- whether severe or mild -- calls for extra steps to ease the lousy feelings. Don't try to manage your moods on your own if for two weeks or longer you have any of the following symptoms:
2 AnswersHonor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredIt is unclear whether chiropractic therapy can relieve depression symptoms. But it may help relieve aches and pains that may be caused by depression. Chiropractic techniques are most often used to treat problems of the body, such as back and neck pain, aching joints, and headaches. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications.
1 AnswerDr. Tarique D. Periera, MD , Psychiatry, answered
Patients may relapse after completing transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for depression. In this video, Tarique Perera, MD, a psychiatrist with Contemporary Care of Connecticut, explains that further treatment may be necessary.
2 AnswersDr. Daniella Heller, MD , Psychiatry, answered on behalf of JFK Medical Center North Campus - HCA East FloridaThere is a long history of clinical use of ECT for bipolar depression.
1 AnswerHealthyWomen answeredThere are a few things women need to bear in mind when being treated for depression:
- Every antidepressant works differently in different people. Just because one drug worked well for your best friend doesn't mean it will work for you. If the medication doesn't seem to be helping, talk to your healthcare professional about changing the dosage or type of medicine.
- Medication takes time to work. On average, it may take 10 days to two weeks before you see an improvement in your mood.
- There is some evidence that using some forms of estrogen therapy with antidepressants may help the medication work better (estrogen therapy alone cannot treat major depression).
- Therapy is an important part of any treatment for depression. The two most-studied forms of therapy for depression are interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), which is a less intensive form of traditional psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), in which you learn to alter your perception of the world. Some studies find therapy is as effective as medicine for some mild or moderate depression.
1 AnswerDr. Kelly Traver , Internal Medicine, answered
Antidepressant medications raise serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels. With higher levels of BDNF, hippocampal cells start to regenerate. Reduction in glutamate and cortisol levels (as seen in the successful treatment of depression) also allows for a return to the normal BDNF level. With successful treatment, there is not only an improvement in mood but also a reduction in the physical consequences of depression. Specifically, pain often decreases with a return to the normal level of serotonin.
1 AnswerDr. Lara Honos-Webb, PhD , Psychology, answeredAlbert Ellis, psychologist and founder of rational emotive behavior therapy, articulates how your beliefs about any "adversary" create emotions and behaviors that directly follow from those beliefs. If depression is an adversary, the more you can take on beliefs about depression that will generate hope, the more you will be on your way to recovering from your depression.
To put it simply, having a positive explanation for your depression will heal your depression. When something bad happens to you, how you explain it will affect the course of your depression and your health. A pessimistic explanatory style is one that views negative events as having internal causes, affecting all areas of your life, and being permanent. If you think depression is a brain disorder that is internally caused, affects all areas of functioning, and is likely to be permanent, then you have adopted a pessimistic explanation of your depression. Research has shown that the pessimistic explanatory style actually leads to more frequent and more severe depression, in addition to physical health problems including reduced immunity and complications for cardiac patients.
In contrast, the search for the gifts in depression allows for external explanation of the depression. Depression is a temporary reaction to the fact that the events of your life have gone off course.
The belief in your ability to have some control over stressful events will likely have positive effects on the depression itself. It has also been found that viewing change or a stressful event as a positive challenge reduces depression. The concept of "hardiness," the capacity to maintain a sense of control while looking for the positive in significant stressors, has been correlated with reduced illness, better psychological adjustment, and higher quality of life in addition to protection from depression. If you believe you can find the gifts in your depression and have some measure of control over your symptoms, you have more power to recover rapidly.
The power of your psychological reaction to your depression is evident in the latest research on the efficacy of the placebo in treating depression. Researchers demonstrated that actual changes in the brain were found to correspond to the placebo effect in depression. Thus, hope and expectations can change your brain.
Find out more about this book:Listening to Depression: How Understanding Your Pain Can Heal Your Life
1 AnswerDr. Michael B. Finkelstein, MD , Internal Medicine, answeredSlow Medicine pays attention to the symptoms and physiological causes of depression, and it also addresses the whole life and whole being of the person who is suffering. This approach recognizes depression not as a generic set of symptoms, but rather, as a constellation of symptoms that are unique to each individual. Slow Medicine refrains from the catch-all diagnostic word “depression” and instead sensitively focuses on the particulars of each individual’s life -- including physical, environmental, psycho-social and relational circumstances that may be contributing to the symptoms one is experiencing.
In this regard, people are recognized to be unique, even though many of their symptoms are similar. For those with severe symptoms, it might be advisable to utilize a pharmaceutical intervention (at least initially), complemented by Slow Medicine -- which is likely to reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals necessary over time. For those with mild or moderate symptoms, it is more often effective to begin with Slow Medicine.
Here’s how the Slow Medicine approach works:
Through a gentle, step-by-step process, Slow Medicine guides you on identifying and incorporating into your life everything that activates your body’s healing response mechanism and returns your body to balance. Slow Medicine optimizes the food you eat, the amount and quality of time you spend in nature, the outlets you have for creative self-expression, the fun physical activities you do, the environment inside and outside your home, your daily spiritual practice, your engagement in healthy relationships and communities, the pursuit of your life’s purpose, and more. While identifying and incorporating these lifestyle pieces may seem like a tall order, you get to do it slowly, on a timeline that works for you -- whether over the course of a year or a decade.
Slow Medicine is what you might call the “long game” for treating depression.
1 AnswerChallenge America answeredTalk to your VA doctor or psychologist about feelings of depression vision loss or blindness from combat as there is much hope. Feeling depressed after suffering a traumatic injury or loss is very normal, yet seeking medical treatment is important to make sure you can move beyond these feelings to having hope again. Friends and family members of those with vision loss report changes in emotions and behavior are perhaps the most difficult to watch and deal with.
Along with depression, you may also harbor anger, anxiety, frustration, agitation, sleep problems and mood swings. Some veterans feel frightened going from a world of sight to one filled with darkness. Others may regress with attitudes and behaviors that are passive, accepting the plight without feeling any control over life. Your VA doctor can help your feelings of depression using medications and/or psychotherapy.
1 AnswerDr. Robin Miller, MD , Internal Medicine, answered