Depression is a mental illness which results in feeling sad, loss of interest in daily activities, irritability, mood swings, and sleepiness. It is a state of mind which develops over a period of time due to various reasons. A depressed person might have difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, and might get suicidal thoughts.

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How long does Sertraline take to start working after increasing the dose?

Query: Hi doctor,I have depression, OCD, and anxiety. I got these problems five months back. I started taking Sertraline 25 mg a month later when my general practitioner diagnosed it. After a week, I took 50 mg, and then after three weeks, I took 75 mg for five to six weeks. I felt better after taking Sert...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sertraline is a good choice of medication for depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and anxiety. Currently, you are taking 100 mg daily. It helps you a lot. If there is any recurrence of symptoms, then you need to increase the dosage further. For OCD, you can...  Read Full »

Is it good to take Olanzapine for depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, and untreated childhood ADHD. Currently, I am taking Serta 100 and Zapiz 0.5. I took Olanzapine for four months. Now I stopped taking it slowly due to daytime sleepiness. I am grateful to have these medicines as it has changed my life. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation and you are doing good. You have depression at present. You are taking one of the good medication for your depression. You must continue your medication. You should try to follow these guidelines to deal with your depression. It will be h...  Read Full »

My mother hurts and dislikes everyone around her. Is it a bipolar disorder?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother seems to have severe OCD or symptoms of schizophrenia. She hoards things and stopped bathing. She has chronic asthma and not taking medicines. She has attacked her sisters. She dislikes everyone and she has a feeling of running away. She used to listen only to me but now she avoi...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Currently, your mother has symptoms of suicidal thoughts, poor self-care, episodes of violence and irritation, hoarding things, picking hair with compulsive symptoms and she is not ready to seek treatment for the illness present in her. Though she has some compulsive sy...  Read Full »

How to overcome depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I think I have BPD (borderline personality disorder). I have major depression, which is often caused by the fact that I feel as if the ones I love will leave me or hate me one day. My mood swings happen a lot, and I have monthly or bi-monthly depressive episodes where I physically cannot...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to tell you that you do not have a borderline personality disorder. In Personality disorders, individuals have no insight into their bad and mal-functional behavior. They never accept that there is something wrong. Depression due to fear th...  Read Full »

Which specialist should I consult for my depression and anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor,I am going through a lot of mental health problems. My symptoms are depression, slow thinking, processing speed, hopelessness, avoiding people, dullness, problems coping with new situations, loss of spontaneity, fear of new things and marriage, difficulty thinking and understanding, men...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to your statement, you have been suffering from psychological problems like depression, slow thinking, avoiding people, dullness, difficulty in self-care, lack of restraint, etc. According to your description, you may suffer from anxiety disorders or depre...  Read Full »

I have a lack of interest and want to die. How to manage it?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past two months, I am getting headaches, showing less interest in work and feeling to die. But, I did not attempt suicide as I am scary. I got married before 4 years and I was very happy with my husband. After some days, I fell in love with someone and I could not move on witho...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreenivasan Vazhoor Ramsingh


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am very sorry to hear about your current mental and marital problems. From the information that you have provided, you seem to be suffering from depressive symptoms for the past two months. It could be a part of an underlying depression or an adjustment disorder due to ...  Read Full »

I have a constant feeling that something is touching my body. Am I paranoid?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been constantly feeling that something touching me all over my body. I have been experiencing it for a few years, mostly the same thing. I think it was triggered by my first episode of sleep paralysis, but that was the only episode of it. I do not know what it is or why it is co...  Read Full »

Dr. Sreenivasan Vazhoor Ramsingh


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since this has been occurring persistently for the last few years and appears to be causing you significant impairment, I would ask you to get it evaluated in detail by a psychiatrist. I do not mean to scare you, but at your age, you are vulnerable to a lot of psychiatri...  Read Full »

I suffer from severe anxiety and depression after my husband's death. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My current issues are depression and anxiety. Honestly, it all started when my husband passed on our son's 1st birthday. I have just let it build up and now I cannot control the way I feel. I cry over crazy things and I get mad over little things. I cannot sleep at night, because I have n...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry for your loss. It is common to develop severe anxiety and depression after any significant loss in life. Prolonged grief results in development of depression. Please try to keep yourself busy. Spend time in outdoors with your son and this will help to reduce t...  Read Full »

Can PCOD affect our mental health?

Query: Hi doctor,I have PCOD for three years. Currently, I did not get periods for four months and took tablets for it. I followed some home remedies to resolve PCOD but it does not help me. I feel suffocated mentally. The incidents that happen around me make me question everything. I do not know what to d...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understood your problems regarding your mental health and physical health. You need to consult a gynecologist for PCOD (polycystic ovarian disease) so that you can get better help for it. According to the symptoms you described, it looks like you are suffering from de...  Read Full »

Will Paroxetine taken for depression cause a sedative effect?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I take Paroxetine and Ashwagandha root? I suffer from OCD, anxiety, and depression. I am wondering if I am able to take those without a sedative side effect. I am currently on Paroxetine 20 mg once a day.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, Ashwagandha root is effective for depression and anxiety. Taking Ashwagandha with sedatives may aggravate the sedation and sleepiness. But clinically not been proven that taking both cause sedation. This is the complainant from a few of our patients. Also, it m...  Read Full »

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