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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How long should I take my antidepressant medication?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from depression. I consulted a doctor and he prescribed me tablet Nexito and Lonazep. After taking the tablet for a month, I stopped it now. I am suffering with headache again. Should I continue the medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Depression is a mood disorder and the disorder occurs in episodes. The treatment also should be continued for a long duration. Nexito is Escitalopram and the drug should be continued for at least three to six months post remission of s...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having sudden mood changes and fear of losing people?

Query: Hi doctor, I often feel very low, anxious, and stressed. I try diverting myself, but I still get into a trance, where I feel sad. I am afraid of losing people, and keep thinking about what they think and how they feel. Even though they are not worthy of my sorry at times, I still apologize out of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I do not think these are symptoms of multiple personalities. Your main symptoms are related to mood like low mood, feeling bad at times, and anxiousness. Fear of losing people is also related to depression. Your behavior to say so...  Read Full »

Can you help with my depression and thoughts about killing myself?

Query: Hi doctor, I am depressed. I feel like killing myself right now. I think about being in a car crash or cutting myself, but I do not know. I do not want to do it. I feel deserted from every corner of my life. Everybody is hurting me. And I have no one to talk to or turn to. I do not even have a shou...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If anything bad has happened recently, then this is due to that stress. Just think that the bad phase will pass. The symptoms like thoughts of killing yourself, depressed mood, crying spells, etc., are symptoms of a depressive disorder. If these symptoms are pre...  Read Full »

Why am I still suffering from depression and anxiety even after taking medicines for four years?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been on depression and anxiety medications for four years. I found out that I had depression because I stopped eating and landed in the hospital for being malnourished. I was exhausted with antidepressant and anxiety medicine. Now I am not sure whether it is the feeling of my body ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Depression and anxiety treatment should be given for long duration for best results. Even with medicine, your symptoms are persistent, so this is not the time to stop the medicines. But, the prescription should be evaluated. Do not think of reducing the doses by own ...  Read Full »

How can I stay away from depression due to failure in conceiving?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been trying for a baby for the last eight months. The monthly disappointments are driving me crazy. I feel so low and like a total failure. How do I ensure that I do not spiral into depression? My husband is supportive and encouraging, but I end up crying each time I see or hea...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should, first of all, reassure yourself that if you will have sexual intercourse in a relaxed and stress-free mind then this will yield the best results. If you will do sexual intercourse in anticipation of the baby then you will remain stressed and this will mak...  Read Full »

After getting a clot in the heart and left leg my father has stopped recognizing the family members. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My father had a blood clot in the brain and left leg artery six months ago. He stopped recognizing the family members and started yelling our names for help. We were closer to him, but he could not realize it and claimed that we were ghosts who had come to kill him and were not his famil...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The sudden onset of suspiciousness and inability to recognize family members can be due to depression with psychosis at this age. It can also occur due to some organic cause like infarction or interruption of blood supply to parts of the br...  Read Full »

How to get proper sleep with medicine during depression?

Query: Hi doctor, I began taking Valium 5 mg for the past 40 years for the depression. It gradually went up to Valium 10 mg taking three to five tablets every night. Later on, I took a psychiatric advice. The doctor told me to quit the tablet but I was not able to do it. Now, the present doctor says, it is...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Etizolam is a mild Benzodiazepine and the drug cannot help in sleep on considering the long-term use of Diazepam. To get sleep, you can think of taking Clonazepam for some time. Since you are on Etizolam 2 mg now, so in...  Read Full »

I believe that I have symptoms of MPD with low esteem and anxiety. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I believe that I have symptoms of MPD. Some are from my past and some are present. For examples, I see things in black and white, low self-esteem, feeling evil, substance abuse (weed and alcohol), feeling empty, not sure how to react to emotional or social situations and unhealthy relation...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Some of the symptoms you have mentioned suggest depression and anxiety. Low self-esteem, feeling low, etc., are classical depression symptoms. Hair pulling is one of the anxiety symptoms. Under unconscious anxiety, individuals develop a ...  Read Full »

I am an angry victim of sexual abuse with depression, obsession, and self-harm. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I do self-harm and I am over-obsessed, angry, and depressed. I feel irritability, restlessness, tiredness, and yelling. In addition, criticism makes me furious. Trust issues are more along with concentration problems, and a feeling that I may hurt others which makes me furious. I am a vic...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your query. You have mentioned that there is a history of sexual abuse and a lot of individuals develop such symptoms. Anxiety and depressive symptoms are commonly seen. They develop mood swings, anger, ideas of self-harm, persistent irritability, etc. ...  Read Full »

I could not achieve my childhood ambition, so I feel guilty, shameful, and angry. How can I overcome it?

Query: Hi doctor,On a regular day, I have many problems with guilt, shame, anger, anxiety, and grief. I think it is because I could not achieve my ambition. Also, I had childhood trauma from my father's death and seeing myself burdened with responsibilities from a very young age. Right now, I am trying to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Symptoms like guilt and problems of acceptance occur due to some mood disturbance and, most likely, depression. Due to responsibilities at an early age and poor support, you developed mood disturbance. Anxiety is part of these symptoms. Bu...  Read Full »

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