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Can depression cause crying without reason, feeling useless and demotivated?

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Answered by

Dr. Aneel Kumar

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At January 24, 2019
Reviewed AtSeptember 13, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Do I have depression? I need to know because I think it will be a whole lot easier if I know and admit it myself. Last night I was crying without reason, it has been like this for five years now. I can go on not going out of my room for a week without eating and every time I worry too much, I cannot concentrate. I want to be good at studying but there are days when it is too much and I cannot seem to focus. One day I feel fine and positive and really motivated but then after a few hours I hit that feeling of uselessness again and I cannot do anything.

Answered by Dr. Aneel Kumar

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Depression can be normal and can be a disease. Depression is diagnosed when a person has low or depressed mood for most of the day every day at least two weeks, lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, other symptoms are sleep disturbances, appetite changes, poor concentration, pessimistic thoughts, feeling guilty, hopelessness, thoughts of ending life. It is multifactorial. Your history is suggestive of depression as you have mentioned that these symptoms were in the past also, try to find out what is causing your depression. Any current issues or any past life event?

Treatment plan

For treatment, I suggest tablet Escitalopram 10 mg at night, tablet Alprazolam 0.5 mg at night if sleep issues, lifestyle modification (go for a walk daily, meet with your friends, share your problem with those whom you trust), and psychotherapy sessions.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Aneel Kumar
Dr. Aneel Kumar

Psychiatry

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