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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I am worried about my relationship with my mother-in-law. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am depressed and have relationship conflict. I am unable to understand my issues with mother-in-law over things that I could easily ignore and move on. I am over sensitive and tend to get heart breaks every while. I fight with my husband because of weird situations with my mother-in-law...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta


Answer: Hello, Welcome to These issues sometimes arouse in married life but can be solved amicably. You should sit with your mother-in-law and express your feelings and also listen to her concerns and try to chalk out a solution. Also, you should work on stress management. Some steps for stress...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to overcome sleep deprivation.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a chronic lack of sleep. I cannot sleep for 24 hours. I have tried everything. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Kumarshri Shriniwas Saraswat

Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are various causes of chronic insomnia. Every cause has its specific management. To rule out the cause, it is necessary to have a detailed history, examination, and relevant investigations are required. The common causes of insomnia are depression, anxiety, obstru...  Read Full »

Why is my sister so depressed after her marriage?

Query: Hi doctor,Three years ago, my sister got married. But, her marriage lasted only for one month. According to her, the boy was not physically and mentally fit. So, she came back to live with us. She was very mentally disturbed at that time. A few months back, her second marriage got fixed again, and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Sonia Malhotra


Answer: Hello, Welcome to She may be getting recurrent attacks of depression since marriage is a huge stress and not all can bear that stress healthily. Also, a previous failed marriage may be making her tense this time too and giving her flashbacks. She may also end up judging this marriage fr...  Read Full »

Does intake of Chantix alter a person's memory?

Query: Hi doctor, I started taking Chantix to quit smoking for around three months now. The side effects I noticed were vivid dreams and becoming more withdrawn. Two months back, my girlfriend and I got into a domestic dispute. My honest memory of this incident is that she started verbally abusing me from ...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran


Answer: Hi, Welcome to The behavioral disturbances that you had exhibited were unlikely to have been caused by Chantix (Varenicline). It is just that you got disturbed that day and had reacted to the stressful situation. The memories that you have are real time memories and not imagined as you...  Read Full »

How do I make my family support my career change?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an engineering graduate. I am unemployed and fed up with everybody's reaction regarding my career. So, I avoid family gathering or party. I did not get a job yet, and it makes me frustrated. I am not able to find a right path and feel like crying. I am not happy with this situatio...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please do not feel bad about yourself. For a hard working person, any degree is good. Engineering is not a bad profession, just do not lose hope. Continue to do hard work and prove your worth. Please take the job even if the company does not pay much. It will help in ...  Read Full »

Does increased anxiety and depression cause diarrhea for more than a year?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tragic event happen two and a half years ago. My girlfriend overdosed and passed away in my bed while I slept. But I got a bad detective and I am being investigated for causing the death. I have never been in trouble before. My main medical problem is major depression and anxiety...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome you to That is very painful and frightening. It is not uncommon to have gut upset when you have that level of anxiety, depression, plus medications use for that depression. I think your symptoms seem to be due to depression itself and partly due to the side effects ...  Read Full »

Will depression and panic attacks cause suicidal thoughts to intensify?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not feel like myself anymore. I think it started two months ago, but it is getting worse more and more day by day. I do not know what I am feeling. A few days ago, I got a panic attack at my workplace. Lucky for me, there is a doctor in my workplace, and diagnose me to have hyperven...  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 depression. it would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it: 1) You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like go...  Read Full »

Based on my symptoms, am I suffering from depression?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a medical student and want to know about if I am suffering from depression. I have mood swings. My concentration in studies has decreased. I have lost interest in activities, especially my hobbies and I have recurrent thoughts coming now and then. Sometimes, I could not sleep, or ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth Singh


Answer: Hi,Welcome to sign and symptoms you have depicted are highly suggestive of depression.The standard features of depression are loss of pleasure in previously pleasurable activities, persistent sad or irritable mood, dysphoria (state of unease), lack of energy and enthusiasm, sleep dis...  Read Full »

How to deal with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks?

Query: Hi doctor, I had depression, anxiety, and panic attacks last year. The medications I took slowed down my daily functions. It made things more difficult. I also had symptoms of PTSD last year. Now I have similar symptoms and feel emotionless. I cannot focus on something. I have depressive episodes, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I can understand your situation. You may have mixed anxiety-depressive disorder and less likely to be ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). There is non-pharmacological management for it, and ...  Read Full »

I am taking medicines for depression and how to stop it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have depression for a year. My doctor gave me Desvenlafaxine 50 mg for ten days. After that, he advised me to take 100 mg and I also take Clonazepam 0.25 mg, and Propranol 20 once a day. When can I stop these medicines?   Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are doing good without any symptoms, then you can try to reduce the dosage of these drugs. As these are psychoactive drugs, so dose reduction should be done in a gradual manner. The dose of Desvenlafaxine can be reduced to 50 mg for the next four weeks and th...  Read Full »

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