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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My mother has been suffering from lower back pain for the last two years and is not able to walk or climb stairs. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother, aged 54, has been suffering from lower back pain for the last two years and is not able to walk or climb stairs. She has the following complaints, numbness, fatigue, depression, low appetite, and always feeling sleepy. She feels like she has less control over her left leg. MRI a...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. You have mentioned pain in the lower back region, with pain spreading to the legs with associated numbness and weakness as well. Please tell me the following: 1. What is the intensity of back pain on a scale of ...  Read Full »

I experienced an unpleasant event 28 years ago that left me timid, shy, and overanxious. How to deal with this?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to ask a question about an experience I had approximately 28 years ago. I started with an alternative boarding school when I was 18 years old. I do not know what exactly the event leading up to it, but in the end, I ended up lying on my bed, shaking and, what it felt like, losing my...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In our life, this happens at some point when we have some really painful and life-changing experiences time. It is the great healer and it heals a lot but even then, some of us are left with some residues and find it impossible to return to ourselves. If you l...  Read Full »

I have been an excellent student since childhood, but recently I have let everyone down. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 18 years old. Since childhood, I have been an excellent student both in academics as well I sports. But recently in my final exams, I let everyone down. I am very upset and depressed because of my results. I want my parents to be proud of me once again. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Punya Mulky

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I agree you have been an all-rounder all your life and have excelled in everything. This is probably the first time this has happened, and you feel you have let everyone down. This is not the end of the world. Yo...  Read Full »

I am 27-year-old male suffering from severe depression, and my secondary sexual characteristics are not well-developed. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old and suffering from severe depression. I have a girly voice, and my secondary sexual characters are also not fine. I have a patchy beard and very little hair on my body. My ejaculation is also transparent. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I have a few questions for you. Are you married? Are you a student or doing a job? What is your BMI? Please revert back with the answers. I hope this has helped you. Thank you.  Read Full »

Are mood swings genetic?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband has mood swings. He feels either depressed or very much excited. He is very irritable and gets angry for small things. This has started before four to five years. He sleeps for very less hours. He also drinks alcohol daily and goes for late night party in the weekend. Currentl...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. The information provided is not adequate to make a diagnosis. If he had frequent mood swings and lost his job due to mood swings or irrational decision, then there is a possibility of bipolar disorder where you have extremes...  Read Full »

I feel tired and anxious after taking Abilify. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am so anxious and sleeping 9 to 10 hours per day. It has begun when I start taking Abilify pills and Akineton. Why I feel so tired every day?  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhi Jain Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please answer me a few more questions. Do you have any of the following symptoms? Persistent low mood, disturbed appetite, loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities, ideas of hopelessness, ideas of helplessness, ideas of suicide and persistent headache. ...  Read Full »

What should be done to overcome depression other than medication?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am a dental student, and I suffered from clinical depression five years ago. I consulted a psychiatrist, and since then I was on antidepressant Sertraline, antipsychotic Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. Three years after the treatment when the symptoms sub...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good to know that you are able to function well at present and medication has been helpful. I note that you are currently on Escitalopram, Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. You have reported suffering from clinical depression, stress, and social phobia. Since you exp...  Read Full »

I have social anxiety, depression, and a feeling of fear. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I get socially anxious and do not feel right. A feeling of fear and anxiety, and depression all within me. I am unable to concentrate. Even if I try to do meditation, I feel as if my head will burst with the thoughts running through my mind. I can not help it. I try to be normal but do n...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Social anxiety is one of the commonest types of anxiety disorder. However, it is usually managed and treated very well. At times anxiety becomes severe and can result in panic attacks. You may be suffering from the same. These problems can be due to hormonal issues or...  Read Full »

How to get proper sleep with medicine during depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I began taking Valium 5 mg for the past 40 years for the depression. It gradually went up to Valium 10 mg taking three to five tablets every night. Later on, I took a psychiatric advice. The doctor told me to quit the tablet but I was not able to do it. Now, the present doctor says, it is...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Etizolam is a mild Benzodiazepine and the drug cannot help in sleep on considering the long-term use of Diazepam. To get sleep, you can think of taking Clonazepam for some time. Since you are on Etizolam 2 mg now, so in...  Read Full »

I am having suicidal thoughts since my girlfriend broke up with me. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My girlfriend left me when her marriage was fixed with another. Since then, I am not in a healthy state of mind and keep thinking about her. I felt like I did not want to live since that day. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your pain and what you are going through right now. It is difficult to suffer a betrayal. But she left you. She did not understand your worth, so she did not deserve you. Leaving you is her loss. It would help if you did not harm yourself for such a person ...  Read Full »

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