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 is the treatment for PTSD, depression and anxiety?
Query: Hello doctor,What is your recommendation for someone with PTSD, depression, and anxiety? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If a person is suffering from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), depression and anxiety, they will probably need a combination of medication and psychological therapy to manage their condition. Lexapro (Escitalopram) is a good antidepressant that can be helpful in... Read Full »
What should be done to overcome depression other than medication?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I am a dental student, and I suffered from clinical depression five years ago. I consulted a psychiatrist, and since then I was on antidepressant Sertraline, antipsychotic Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. Three years after the treatment when the symptoms sub... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good to know that you are able to function well at present and medication has been helpful. I note that you are currently on Escitalopram, Aripiprazole, and Divalproex. You have reported suffering from clinical depression, stress, and social phobia. Since you exp... Read Full »
How can self-hatred and low self-esteem be managed?
Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about my friend's self hatred. She is 23 years old. The problem with her is that even though she is a really helpful and benevolent person she hates herself and her existence. She always wants to stay sad so that she does not have to fall to low when a sad event occurs. Th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is heartening to note that you are actively trying to support your friend. From your description, it is possible that your friend is experiencing some depressive symptoms. Cognitive distortions, thinking errors can be present in these situations which can lead to ... Read Full »
I am suffering from depression and have suicidal thoughts with low self-esteem. Kindly help.
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from depression. I am having feelings of mild depression, but I do not know if I am actually depressed, but here is a bit of my life since I was a boy. I lost my mother when I was very young and did not have any memories of her. I grew up with my dad and my siblings, bu... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have described facing several adverse childhood experiences like losing your mother, and indifferent father addicted to alcohol and lack of loving support while growing up. These adverse life events could have potentially affected your feelings like, making you f... Read Full »
Both my kids are having depression. Is it genetic illness?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a mother of two children. My daughter at the age of 21 started showing signs of depression. She had to drop from university. After six years of struggle and treatment, she is on her way to recovery. But even now she gets panic attacks and feels depressed and is unable to handle str... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have asked a very pertinent question. As a parent, I can understand your quest for answers for your children's illness and treatment. Depression is usually caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If there is a positive family history, a perso... Read Full »
I feel like I do not live in the present and live in my head. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, From an early age, I was told by my family that I was not talented or useful like others. My family does not interact with others that much, and they kept me away. As a result, I ended up my high school without having a decent number of friends. I lived alone in my room, locking my door b... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. People and families are all different with their strengths and weaknesses. It looks like your expectations were different. Understandably, your confidence is low. It is quite common for people to daydream and fantasize about escaping from d... Read Full »
What causes symptoms like anger, aggression, and sleep disturbances?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. I have some problems. I am not able to sleep. I lash out at others with anger and aggression. It lasts less than a couple of minutes. I forget things that are told to me. I push out people due to fear of discrimination or rejection and anxiety. My mind gets stuck somet... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having symptoms like sleep disturbance, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, and maladaptive psychological habit like self-harm and pushing people away. These symptoms are caused due to several conditions like mood disorder, personality issues, and trauma. Pl... Read Full »
How long does Sertraline take to start working after increasing the dose?
Query: Hi doctor,I have depression, OCD, and anxiety. I got these problems five months back. I started taking Sertraline 25 mg a month later when my general practitioner diagnosed it. After a week, I took 50 mg, and then after three weeks, I took 75 mg for five to six weeks. I felt better after taking Sert... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sertraline is a good choice of medication for depression, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and anxiety. Currently, you are taking 100 mg daily. It helps you a lot. If there is any recurrence of symptoms, then you need to increase the dosage further. For OCD, you can... Read Full »
I feel little down even though I am doing well in my regular life. Why?
Query: Hello. I am not doing awful. I am doing very well in my classes, maintaining hobbies, working out 4-5 times a week, getting plenty of sleep, but I get overwhelming feelings of sadness that hit me very hard. They seem to be harder and more frequently lately, averaging to crying outbursts of about 7... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq I think you are doing all the right things with respect to your lifestyle choices. Sometimes, people can still feel depressed for no obvious reasons. - If you are feeling persistently low for more than 2 weeks / if your sleep, appetite, concentration, energy levels are lo... Read Full »
How to deal with depression when I do not feel to live?
Query: Hello doctor, I have depression, and it is getting worse. I do not want to live anymore. I just want to go to sleep and not wake up. I do not feel I will be a happy person ever. I can not live like this anymore. I am currently on Duloxetine medication. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your words are reflecting your distressed mental state, and it is obvious that you need more support to get over this difficult period. How long have your depression symptoms been getting worse? Is anything stressful happening recently? Do your family and friends know ... Read Full »