Depressive Disorder

Depressive disorder is a mental disturbance where the patient experiences depressive mood continuously and loss of interest to do any work. It may be caused due to physical, mental, or sexual abuse, certain medications, underlying conditions, etc. Treatment is started with a change in lifestyle. If that does not help then, antidepressant drugs are given, and counseling is done.

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Since I have a terrible temper, I quickly get irritated over small things. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17 year old girl, and lately, my mood is not good, and I think I need counseling for that. Since my temper is bad, I easily get irritated over small things like doing chores, since it is my vacation. My mood is always off, and I have a habit of thinking bad things at the back o...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from depressive symptoms, which is why you get irritated very soon. Your self-esteem has gone down. Hence, you have become very sensitive.The feelings of guilt for your act is a cardinal symptom of depression. You require medications to bring you ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with major depressive disorder. What can I do to get rid of this?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 19-year-old female with 170 Ibs, currently on 30 mg of Cymbalta. I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and insomnia. I have had three major depressive episodes in the past two years, and I feel like I am on the verge of another one. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have undergone appendectomy recently, and it is normal to develop mood disturbance after any surgery. You are already on the major depressive disorder, and this is the reason you are feeling bad, isolated, sad, and lonely. Wait for few more days and see if sponta...  Read Full »

My son has social withdrawal and isolation. Yet, he refuses treatment. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, The problem started in 2010. Social withdrawal, isolation, inability to continue at a job, negative talk, jealousy, lack of initiative, low self-esteem and fickle minded behavior. What could these point to? The prescriptions are lost in transit. No medicines are being taken.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The symptoms of withdrawal from society, loneliness, difficulty in continuing the job, negative thoughts, lack of motivation, indecisiveness, etc could be due to some severe underlying mood disturbance. Since the symptoms are persistent a...  Read Full »

I feel very sad at times and have difficulty concentrating. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I am suffering from bipolar disorder. For the past few months, I am not able to concentrate, cannot study, feel extremely sad, and start crying without any reason. Sometimes, I feel very happy and start socializing. How to get it checked? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. According to your history, it seems you do not have bipolar disorder, but you may have a major depressive disorder. Your mind defense system tries to deal with your depression by making you happy or over social....  Read Full »

I find myself acting negatively to get attention from people. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I become attached to people more easily, and I crave attention from the people I do connect to. I find myself wanting to act out negatively to get this attention from them, such as by starving myself, so they notice I have lost weight, or by self-harming in prominent places instead of hid...  Read Full »

Dr. Padmapriya Chandran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from an eating disorder associated with depressive features as well. You require antidepressants to combat this maladaptive behavior. Self-harming behavior can at times prove to be fatal. Hence, indulgence in such behavior is risky and will...  Read Full »

How do I deal with my racing thoughts about death?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been feeling depressed, life is getting hopeless. I am very religious and I have racing thoughts about death and about life thereafter. I have been having decreased social interactions, isolation from others, curiosity, sad, a big sex desire, really wanting to die so that I can ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from BPD (borderline personality disorder). You can take help from a psychologist to deal with the behavior problem and the psychiatrist can help you deal with the depressive disorder, hypersexual desire and the anger issues. Try to stay away...  Read Full »

How do I tackle my mixed feelings of joy and despondency?

Query: Hello doctor, One minute I am fine and the next minute I just want to disappear. I have had extreme feelings of abandonment for awhile. So I now avoid any new relationships. I am currently not taking any medications for my psychological issues. I have in the past but decided a year ago to try life w...  Read Full »

Dr. Akanksha Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I feel that you have been already diagnosed with BPD (borderline personality disorder). The moods which you face are very characteristic of this. Depression is a likely disorder with BPD. I would suggest you at least undergo therapy sessions for cognitive behavioral ...  Read Full »

How to overcome the feeling of hopelessness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 55-year-old man. I have been suffering from depression for the last five months. I have been feeling tired and hopeless. I want your help for recovery. I am currently on Fluvoxin 50 mg BD.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Depressive disorder or depression is a neurochemical disorder. A suicidal tendencyis one main symptom of depression. You should be able to distinguish between mental disease and mental disorder. Your problem is a mental disorder and not a men...  Read Full »

What are the investigations done in a mental illness patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I am doing research regarding diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Please answer a few questions of mine. What routine medical examinations apart from MMSE and history would you conduct? By this I mean standard routine blood investigations plus other investigations. What clini...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravi M. Soni

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your queries and shall answer accordingly. Keep in mind that standard procedures for management may differ in different countries. Answers for your questions: In blood investigations we usually go for complete blood count (CBC), liver function tests (LFT)...  Read Full »

I am 18 years old, and I do not feel like talking to anyone. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my late teens. For the last three months, I have noticed that I do not feel like talking to anyone. I have started hating people and dislike anyone invading my personal space. Also, I have seen that I get angry at small things. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You may have major depressive disorder or personality issues from the details given. Although there is non-pharmacological management for it, you should follow the guidelines below to deal with it. It will help you. Exercise 30 to 45 minute...  Read Full »

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