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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Is my son missing his classes and assignments a personality issue?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is a college student. He is 21 now. He has depression from about three years and has been seeing a psychiatrist for a while. He has been missing assignments and classes and got put on probation and withdrawal. And, he lies a lot. For instance, he signed a waiver to his college ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rathod Rahul Narayanrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Depression is now common in 2 % of the children and adolescents. Its cause is not specific, but a combination of multiple factors such as environmental, biological and psychological. Firstly, we have to look for any specific underlying causes for his depression. A...  Read Full »

Do persistent negative, repetitive, and scary thoughts indicate mental disorder?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having repeated thoughts in my head from the last four months. This problem started at the age of 13, but on a periodic basis like three to six months. After that, it becomes normal. When I am in this phase, I have scary thoughts, feel like mind is racing, have wavering thoughts a...  Read Full »

Dr. Lisa Barros Mascarenhas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I wish to ask a few questions about it to clarify things. After how long does this episode recur? What is the content of your thoughts? Examples would be better. During the episodes: a) Do you get normal or less sleep? b) Do you feel very happy or angry? c) Do you lik...  Read Full »

Can reducing the dose of Alzolam cause any side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 67-years-old, 59.5 kgs, and is about 5 feet and 4 inches tall. She is diabetic and hypertensive and suffered from depression about six to seven years back. But now she is better. She is currently taking Gycomet-GP 3/850 twice daily, Voglibose 0.3 mg twice a day, Telmisat ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, we can reduce the dose of Nexito as well as Alprazolam. Depending upon her current condition. Kindly reply to these questions; how is her mood throughout the day? Does she appear completely normal, like her usual self? Is there anything in her mood, thought process,...  Read Full »

Why is my mother not able to sleep even after taking medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is almost 50 years old. She is a patient with high blood pressure and cholesterol; sometimes, she gets fluids in her feet. In addition, she is taking medicines for related issues. Almost six years back, due to some issues, she got into depression and was unable to sleep for m...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. I suggest you give your mother a tablet of Alprazolam 0.25 mg for sleep disturbance. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them and take the medicines with their consent. It will help...  Read Full »

I am going through a lot of mental problems. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am going through a lot of mental health problems. 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, menta...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from depression with an intensity between moderate to severe. A proper clinical assessment is essential. Is this the first time you had symptoms like this? Is there a family history of depression or any other illness? Start regular exercise, wr...  Read Full »

I am not willing to do any work and am constantly feeling depressed. How to overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25- year- old girl. I am not willing to do any work, and I get to sleep late at night. I am deeply thinking about something all the time, and my mind does not calm for a minute. Maybe I am crying alone of thinking about something on long lonely travel. I am not able to overcome my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Keep yourself busy with work or passion. Walk, yoga, and exercise as health permits started gradually will help. Avoid stress-strain exertion. Deep breathing and meditation will help. Limit your screen time. Read a book at bedtime with a warm bath or a massage. Listen...  Read Full »

I take tablet Seroquel for moderate depression, and I am worried about developing diabetes. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 34-year-old male. About four months ago, I was diagnosed with moderate depression. My psychiatrist started me on Seroquel 200 mg at bedtime and gradually increased it to 800 mg at bedtime. Together with Cipralex 20 mg. I feel good improvement. But I noticed that I could not slee...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If you are suffering from depression, then why are you on tablet Seroquel? It is an antipsychotic and mood stabilizer. It may be used if you have resistant depression. If you have the first episode, then you do not need to take tablet S...  Read Full »

I feel like I do not live in the present and live in my head. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, From an early age, I was told by my family that I was not talented or useful like others. My family does not interact with others that much, and they kept me away. As a result, I ended up my high school without having a decent number of friends. I lived alone in my room, locking my door b...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. People and families are all different with their strengths and weaknesses. It looks like your expectations were different. Understandably, your confidence is low. It is quite common for people to daydream and fantasize about escaping from d...  Read Full »

I am in depression, and I cannot control myself from searching for pornography contents on the internet. Please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in depression, and I searched about prostitutes and porn on my office site. But now everyone in my department has come to know about this. So, I am not able to do my job. So please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Why are you depressed? If you searched for pornography in the office, that is wrong, but that does not mean you fall into depression. This is not a stigma. Everyone watches porn, and it is normal. Yes, what happened in the office is wrong, but everyone will forget about...  Read Full »

Why do I experience weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, eye pain, and tremors?

Query: Hello doctor, It started with loose motions 15 days ago and slight fever for few minutes, followed by severe sweating. Loose motions were controlled with some medications. After five days, suddenly I had whole-body flushing where the whole body felt hot from inside. It started from the head, cheeks,...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All complaints except allergic rhinitis appear to be related to anxiety and depression. Just relax, you are normal as far as your body is concerned. You can continue your depression medications. I suggest taking Fluticasone nasal spray, one spray in each nostril 12 hou...  Read Full »

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