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«100 questions & answers about depression»





FOUR. TREATMENTHow does psychotherapy work if depression is due to a chemical imbalance?What risk factors are associated with depression?What are my rights to refuse medication and other treatments?My mother is in a nursing home and has stopped eating. Her doctor believes she is depressed. She never had a mental disorder before. Is this possible?How does generic medication differ from trade name medications?Is it necessary to involve my family in my treatment?A family member committed suicide. Did I miss something?FIVE. ASSOCIATED CONDITIONSWhat are emotions, and why do we have them?Can I take an antidepressant while I am nursing?What is cognitive—behavioral therapy?My mother has memory problems. Her doctor diagnosed pseudodementia and prescribed an antidepressant. Is she at risk for Alzheimer's disease?How do I know whether I have depression versus a "normal" reaction to a problem in my life?DBSI am pregnant and feeling very depressed. Can I take medication?My medication is helping, but I have sexual side effects. What can I do?GlossaryWhat is NAMI? How can they help?Are there any natural remedies for depression?How is depression diagnosed?ONE. THE BASICSWhat is the risk of suicide when someone is diagnosed with depression?Why did my doctor prescribe an antipsychotic for me when I am just depressed?What are the symptoms of depression?How do I choose a therapist and a therapy approach?I understand there are newer brain therapies approved for the treatment of depression other than ECT. What are they and should I consider them if I'm not getting better?Why is depression more common in women?What are the different types of depression?Will I get depressed again after I have recovered?My psychiatrist tells me he has a "duty to warn" if I become threatening. What does that mean?Will the medication turn me into a zombie or make me look medicated?I have been prescribed an "off-label" medication. Does that mean that it is experimental?My mother has been drinking wine daily since my father died. Could she be depressed?My mother is depressed but refuses to see anyone. What can I do?I have not been able to sleep well or concentrate at work since being mugged 3 months ago. Could I be depressed?What is depression?Why do I need a mood stabilizer with my antidepressant if I am depressed but not manic?Who is qualified to diagnose and treat depression?My doctor recommends medication for my depression. Should I wait to see whether my depression will go away without treatment?What is bipolar disorder?How long will I have to stay on medication?What are the postpartum blues? Does that mean that I am depressed or will become depressed?Why is my doctor telling me I need treatment for my addiction when I thought treating the depression would solve my problem?There has been a lot of press lately about antidepressants causing people to become suicidal or violent. What are the facts?I have been diagnosed with a mild depression. Does that mean a quicker recovery?Will I become addicted to the medication?My husband is drinking a lot of alcohol lately. My friend believes he might be self-medicating. What does that mean?What is mental illness? What is a major mental illness?I became irritable and agitated on my antidepressant. My doctor believes I have become "hypomanic." What does that mean?Where can I find more information on depression?Will diet or exercise help with my mood?What are my rights to privacy?What are the risks for suicide in children and adolescents?Are there medical conditions that could be cause for my depression?I have been treated for depression in the past. Can I prevent an episode in the future?My internist is prescribing an antidepressant. How do I know whether I should see a specialist? Should I see a psychopharmacologist?What is the DSM-IV-TR?How does the brain affect behavior and regulate emotional states?What chemicals regulate emotions? What chemical imbalance occurs in depression?What are the different types of medication used to treat depression? How does my doctor choose a medicine?Should I worry about my employer finding out about my treatment?What are the risks of treating my teenager with an antidepressant?I have low thyroid and take medication. I have been depressed as well. Will my depression get better on the thyroid treatment?Will I gain weight from the medication?Is there a link between child abuse and depression?Can I take other medicines while I am on an antidepressant?Is medication or therapy more effective for depression?Since returning from active duty overseas, my husband is having nightmares, is afraid to go out, and is quieter than his usual self. Is this posttraumatic stress? Will it go away?How do chemicals work in the brain?What is the difference between thoughts and feelings?VNSWhy are certain people more susceptible to depression?What are my rights to refuse hospitalization?What is the treatment approach for children and adolescents?TMSA family member has depression. Is there anything I can do to help?The guidance counselor at school believes our teenage daughter is depressed. She spends a lot of time in her room. Is this normal teen behavior?I have been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Is my baby at risk?Are there any risks from engaging in psychotherapy?SEVEN. SURVIVINGI have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. How is the combination of conditions treated?Our child has been medically ill. She is having behavioral problems at school and home and is angry all the time. What can we do?How are alcoholism and depression connected?My antidepressant is not helping. What happens next?Why did my doctor diagnose depression when I do not feel depressed?What are the side effects of medication for depression?Are any blood tests or other tests available for depression?My father died 6 months ago. Since then my mother refuses to leave the house, stating that she is still in mourning. What should I do?I have a good job and a loving family. How can I feel depressed?What are the different types of talk therapies, and what do they do?Does the type of depression I have determine the type of treatment I need?What is the difference between psychiatry and psychology?THREE. RISK, PREVENTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGYMy spouse is returning from active duty overseas. What is the risk for depression?PATIENT BIOGRAPHIESI am not getting any better despite numerous medication trials. My doctor says I have a personality disorder that medication will not treat and recommends more intensive therapy. What does she mean by that?SIX. SPECIAL POPULATIONSAre there long-term dangers to taking medication?Do children get depressed?Are antidepressants prescribed for reasons other than depression?TWO. DIAGNOSISWhat can I do if I have failed several forms of medication and therapy?Can I drink wine with my antidepressant?My doctor thinks I should have electroconvulsive therapy. I thought that was no longer used. What is it and what does it do?I have recently been diagnosed with depression. What are the risks that my children will inherit it?I have been diagnosed with depression. What do I tell my family and friends?After a heart attack 6 months ago, my father has been minimally interested informer activities and is afraid to go anywhere alone. Is this normal?What causes depression?When is hospitalization necessary? What does it offer?What are the different types of treatment for depression?
 
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