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Depression And Its Associated Factors

Dr. Anuneet Sabharwal 89% (156 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Delhi  •  7 years experience
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Good morning everyone, this is Dr Anuneet Sabharwal, the consultant Psychiatrist at Infinity Clinic. Today I am going to talk about Depression

We feel sad from time to time. But Clinical Depression is a kind of sadness which impairs our day to day functioning is higher intensity and lasts for a prolonged period of time.

How do we diagnose a case of Clinical Depression?

A person typically feels persistent sad as decreased energy, leading to lethargy, has decreased in lack of enjoyment in daily activities and some of the other symptoms which may be present are decreased self-esteem, low sex drive, sleeping, appetite disorder, feelings of guilt and unworthiness, suicidal thoughts along with the weight gain or loss in thelast 2-3months. All of these symptoms should be present 2-3 weeks dor make diagnosis od Clinical Depression.

What causes Depression?

It can either be genetic, environmental or a stressful event. Whatever be the cause, the end result is a clinical imbalance which we seek to treat. Now we know what causes depression.

How do we treat depression?

It is divided into 2 categories,

  • Pharmacological -    In Pharmacological management, we have medicines through which we can correct the imbalance in the brain. There are many medications available which can help in treating Depression.
  • Non-Pharmacological-   THis involves Psycho-THerapy which is also called as counselling during which a person seeks help and share their troubles.
  • Some of the other measures which you can take to get rid of Depression are to take adequate sleep, adequate exercise, regular diet.
  • In extreme cases of Depression, shock therapy may be suggested.

If you like to consult me, you can contact me through Lybrate.

Thank you.


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