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 always have thoughts about committing suicide. Is there anything I can do to heal myself?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 20-year-old female. I have suffered from depression since I was in junior high school. My parents are strict, and they put such high expectations on me that it became a heavy burden on my shoulder. Since then, I have always thought about committing suicide; I think I am not good ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Internal conflicts between two opposing forces in your mind make you miserable. The second issue is your anxiety, irregularly of other bio functions like food to resolve internal conflicts. They need to be discussed in detail. I advise you to take therapy sessions eit...  Read Full »

I have been dealing with undiagnosed depression and an inability to sleep and control my emotions. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been dealing with undiagnosed depression for the past eight years. I went to a psychologist for the first time yesterday after getting tired of urges to self-harm, kill myself, disappear, etc. I have difficulty staying asleep, but that is not always the case. I know how to contro...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I think your treatment is going in the right direction. You already told your psychologist that you would prefer medicines over therapy, and now you are about to get them. The doctor will discuss the medicines, the...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old girl and feel trapped in my body as I consider myself a man. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and have felt trapped in my body since I got to my senses. I thought I was like any other guy until I was forced to dress up as a woman. I just hated it, and I still hate being considered a girl. All I know is that the inner me is a man. I consider myself a man since ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You seem to be suffering from a gender identity disorder. In this disorder, one's psychological setup for identity differs from the biological one, which creates stress and dysphoria. People feel the same as you feel trapp...  Read Full »

I have been masturbating for nearly four years, which has made me shy and depressed. How can I overcome this?

Query: Hello doctorI am a 20-year-old male. I have been masturbating for nearly four years, and it has made me really low and depressed. I do not open up with people and cannot talk or meet eyes to eyes with girls. I feel really shy, and my attitude is not good. I do not want myself to be like this. Moreov...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Masturbation is a healthy practice done by every individual. There are no side effects of masturbation. The guilt generated as the result of misconception about masturbation leads to stress and anxiety, which in turn causes ill effects on the mind and health but not...  Read Full »

I have become emotionally unstable and devastated after I lost my cat. Is this normal, or am I overthinking?

Query: Hello doctor, Recently my cat died, and it was two months old. I was devasted. It made me confused because recently, around six months my close friend's mom also died. But I did not care about it. It sounds horrible, and I know it, but I did not feel any sympathy. Why I am more upset for her? I neve...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Attachment to the people was crucial, and I felt emotions for them. But what you were feeling was quite normal, and it happens to people the things related to them. They do not feel anything about those disaster occasions. So you are not abnor...  Read Full »

Why am I feeling low and depressed for the past few years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been feeling very low and lonely for the past few years. There is nothing that interests me, and I do not feel like doing anything. I feel blank at times. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you suffer from depression. Depression is a common but treatable psychiatric illness. So, I suggest you the instructions mentioned below. 1. Practice deep breathing exercises. 2. Do meditation and yog...  Read Full »

My 19-year-old girlfriend is suffering from clinical depression that affects me a lot. How can she deal with this situation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male and have a girlfriend. We have been dating for almost three months now. She is suffering from clinical depression. She affects me a lot. A slight change in her mood, noticed by me, puts me in a very bad mood, and I cannot do anything for a long time. I care a lo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are in a difficult situation, which happens with the caregivers of depression. This is called burnout. People try to understand others who are undergoing depression, but at the same time, their emotions get hurt in this situation; you need to decrease your expect...  Read Full »

I am suffering from depression and I need help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from depression. I overthink, overeat, I do not have a proper sleep at night, and I cannot wake up in the morning. And always get late to work, I cannot concentrate in meetings and even in movies. I tend to sleep and feel sleepy throughout the day, I have no interest in w...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, you are right in saying that you seem to be suffering from depression. It is a mood disorder causing a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. The persistent sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of emotion...  Read Full »

How can I overcome depression and suicidal thoughts?

Query: Hello doctor, I have depression, feeling of failure in life, no more attraction to live life. Sad, anxious, or empty mood. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities. Thoughts of death or suicide, including suicide attempts.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand what you must be feeling right now. Depression is a serious but treatment illness. I can see you have thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts are also there which indicates that your depression worsened now. But do not worry, there are various treatment...  Read Full »

I had some bad experiences when I was of 5 years of age. How to overcome this?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old, and I had some bad experiences when I was of 5 years of age. No one in my family or anyone knows about this incident, and it is affecting my mental health now. I do not get flashbacks about teh incident, but it is always on my mind, consciously or unconsciously. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Patidar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Childhood experiences play an important role in one's life. They shape our personalities and develop our core beliefs. I understand that you had some traumatic childhood experiences. It may be due to PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder),...  Read Full »

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