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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What are the complications of hysterectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 42 years old and is in depression. One year ago, she consulted a doctor for her body and back pain. He said that her muscles were weak and not go for an X-ray. So she consulted another doctor who said she had an infection in her uterus and needed an operation. So they remove...  Read Full »

Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Infectious Diseases Specialist, Microbiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your query. After removing the uterus, usually, the patients undergo hormonal fluctuations, which leads to a lot of stress, anxiety, depression, and few health issues that are happening to your mom. There are few things she can do to overcome these issues. ...  Read Full »

Can I stop taking Escitalopram for depression gradually, as it has been two years?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old male. I am taking Escitalopram for two years now as I developed anxiety and a feeling of being generally worried. I had depression in my past and took Sertraline for the last seven to ten years. When I stopped it two years back, I started to have anxiety and a genera...  Read Full »

Dr. Surabhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Currently, you are having a second episode of depression. I suggest you take Escitalopram for a minimum course of two years completely. As you have taken medicine already for two years, then you can taper the medicine gradually. The dose reduction should be very gradual...  Read Full »

Why do I get so intimidated by others?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old male. I am married and I have a child. I have difficulty in sleeping at night. But I always feel sleepy. I forget things easily. I have low concentration and I am lethargic. I have confusion to take a decision. I have low self-esteem with low confidence. I feel like ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Nagda


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms are typically seen in major depressive disorder. It is common to have it in 1 in 4 males and 1 in 8 females. It occurs due to reduced levels of certain neurotransmitters such as serotonin in the body. It reduces the stress-handling capacity of the brai...  Read Full »

Is it good to take a break from depression treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three years, I have been taking antidepressants. I had Seroxat, Cipralex, Zoloft and Cymbalta after a doctor's prescription. But, I am still depressed. After reducing Cymbalta dose, my doctor advised me to start taking Prozac. I feel so tired with the side effects of those me...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Psychotherapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have taken so many antidepressants and are not seeing improvement, then you can think of changing the drugs. In my opinion stopping all drugs would only worsen the symptoms. You do not see improvement with medicines, but the medicines are working though not com...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old girl. I feel that I do not have any relation with anyone, so I think what the use of this life is. I do not want to study. I cannot concentrate on anything. I want to run somewhere where no one lives, where no one knows me because my mother got divorced when I was fiv...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You may have a major depressive disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for your depression, and you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 min...  Read Full »

Please help me with bipolar disorder and depression.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from bipolar disorder. I had depression before and I was taking Cipralex. Due to its overdose, I got bipolar disorder. My problem is overthinking. It drives me badly. Sometimes, it makes me depressed and I cannot do anything due to it. I was taking 750 mg for six months an...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Overdose of Cipralex (Escitalopram) does not cause bipolar disorder. You have a possibility that you had depression initially and you started taking Cipralex. After taking treatment, the hidden bipolar disorder got unmasked by using Cipral...  Read Full »

What is depression and how to tackle it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 53-year-old male. I developed anxiety and depression five years ago and was on Cipralex 5 mg once daily for the past five years, and it worked wonders for me, as I had no signs of anxiety or depression for the past five years. However, the symptoms of anxiety and depression have c...  Read Full »

Dr. Siva Anoop Yella


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understood your problem, and I am here to help you out. You might need an increase of the dosage of Sertraline above 100 mg. May I know if there are any symptoms of depression at present that you would like to mention? Do you have thyroid disorders?  Read Full »

I feel lonely and depressed without friends. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I feel that I cannot make friends. My friends keep themselves away from me. They get bored of me and avoiding me. I feel lonely and depressed. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Psychiatrist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What others do is not in our control. We can only work on ourselves. In fact, a real friend is one who accepts you as you are; otherwise, it does not matter if they are not your friends. You just try to be assertive and practice relaxation techniques like yoga and pran...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest some medicines for the issues given on my general check-up report.

Query: Hi doctor, My health checkup report is enclosed. I feel little lethargic with sluggish mental activity. Please advice some medicines. I am already on Ecosprin 75 and Aztor 10.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The probable reason for all your symptoms is obesity, leading fatty liver and some psychological issues. Do you drink or smoke? Do you have anxiety or depressive symptoms? Regarding treatment, you can continue with current medicine. Although Ecosprin is necessary, Aztor ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to cry alone and not tell people how you feel?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about my mental health. I had a breakdown before few days and I have thoughts of suicide. After that, I started watching depression videos. I listen to depression songs. I have overthinking habit and it triggers my emotions easily. It makes me feel irritated. I can think...  Read Full »

Dr. Sibananda Mishra

Psychologist Counsellor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your problem. Do not be worried. For having good mental health, you need to do prayer and physical exercise every day in the morning and evening. You need to continue your daily routine with interest. You think or visualize that you are a capable, co...  Read Full »

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