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Depression Health Feed

For e g I lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to all the time. Please help me.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 95% (10556 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Chennai
For e g I lost somebody close last year and since then feel very depressed and prefer keeping to all the time. Please...
You are going through grief reaction, which is normal after loss of a loved one. Time is the healer for the emotional and behavioral changes, however if your depression is severe enough to affect you in a significant manner, kindly consult a psychiatrist for short term antidepressant medication, depending on the complaints.
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Depression - Can It Be A Sign Of Vitamin D3 Deficiency?

Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo 93% (1095 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Kendujhar
Depression - Can It Be A Sign Of Vitamin D3 Deficiency?

Vitamins are extremely important for proper functioning of various body systems. Vitamin D3 plays a very crucial role in the proper functioning of bones and joints.  Deficiency of this vitamin is quite common, but can be identified and managed easily.  Read on to know more about its functions, causes of deficiency, symptoms, and management.

Function: Vitamin D3 is essential for the absorption of calcium from the food that is consumed. A decrease in the amount of vitamin D3 leads to poor calcium absorption, resulting in thin, soft, brittle bones.

Causes: Some of the possible causes of vitamin D3 deficiency (and ways to manage them) are listed below:

  1. Reduced intake: People with a strict vegan diet may be consuming reduced amounts of this important chemical.  Most natural food sources are animal based including fish, fish oils, fortified milk, egg yolks and beef liver.

  2. Limited sun exposure: People who spend a lot of time indoors are likely to have this deficiency.  People who wear sunscreen constantly, wear long robes for religious reasons, live in the polar areas, upper/lower hemispheres are all prone to vitamin D3 deficiency.

  3. Darker complexion: The body’s ability to make vitamin D3 when exposed to the sun is reduced if there is more melanin in the skin.

  4. Obesity:  Vitamin D is extracted from the blood by fat cells and people with BMI of more than 30 have a vitamin deficiency.

Symptoms:  While some people may go completely asymptomatic with this condition, others could develop significant symptoms.

  1. Bone pain and aches: When there is less calcium getting incorporated into the bones, pains and aches leading to fatigue are common.

  2. Depression: The areas of the brain that regulate mood contain vitamin D receptors, and low levels of this vitamin can lead to depression.  They are also at higher risk of developing cognitive conditions like schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.

  3. Gut problems: Vitamin D is fat soluble and in people with stomach conditions like Crohn’s or IBD, the gut functioning is altered and so vitamin D absorption is reduced.

  4. Increased risk of heart disease:  Both the risk of developing heart disease and the severity of the disease went up considerably when there is vitamin D deficiency. This is given their role in controlling inflammation and improving immune function.

  5. Lesser chances of surviving cancer:  In patients with colorectal cancer, lymphoma, and breast cancer, increasing vitamin D levels improved cancer prognosis by 4%.  The chances of developing prostate cancer are also increased in patients with vitamin D3 deficiency.

Management: Providing the required amounts of vitamin D3 through diet and supplements is the best way to manage this.  Check with your doctor to know the optimal levels and plan for replacement accordingly.

Hi. I am 36 year working women. Since my husband's job involve lot of travelling, I had to stay alone most of the time at home. We don't have kid too. My job is also a bit complex. But I am not able to focus on my job cause of lack of pleasure/ family life. I am suffering from depression, loneliness, forgetfulness and am becoming silent in a way that I don't feel like talking, mixing with people. We both also fight a lot during weekends when we are together. I don't know how to come out of these situations. Five days job pressure and weekend goes in fighting. I feel like I am loosing interest in living.

Dr. Juhi Parashar 94% (3384 ratings)
Masters in Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Lucknow
Hi. I am 36 year working women. Since my husband's job involve lot of travelling, I had to stay alone most of the tim...
Hi lybrate-user. Its because of depression that you are having fights and these symptoms or because of fights you are having depression. It is clear its depression and I guess you can take some psychotherapy counseling sessions to help you manage. On screening if its found that medication is must or severity of disorder is more then you can also take medication. Consult me or any psychologist for same.
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How can I come out of depression and think or expect positive from my life I really want to forget all sad and bad phase of my life but how can i.

Dr. Akshata Bhat 96% (1719 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
How can I come out of depression and think or expect positive from my life I really want to forget all sad and bad ph...
Feeling low, having crying spells, sleep and appetite disturbances, and difficulty in concentration and attention are some of the signs of Depression. Consult a Psychiatrist for a detailed assessment. It is likely with medication and counseling the symptoms will improve. If you are feeling suicidal or hopeless consult a Psychiatrist immediately.
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I am a retired male. I have a lot of hobbies to keep myself engaged, viz, playing musical instruments like the guitar, keyboard, flute, bongo, mouthorgan and the harmonium. I teach music and calligraphy. I am also a member of "Postcrossing" an organisation which facilitates exchange of picture postcards all over the world. I am a philatelist and a numismatist. I read English newspaper every day and watch T.V. Programs. I live in bangalore which is a very quiet small city, so quiet that I get bored sometimes. Most of the time my wife goes out in the evening to meet her sister and brothers, leaving me alone in my flat in the evenings, when I feel the pangs of loneliness. I was born and brought up in Chennai and shifted base to bangalore only a decade ago. I want your advice to overcome the loneliness.

POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, Masters in clinical psychology
Psychologist, Mumbai
I am a retired male. I have a lot of hobbies to keep myself engaged, viz, playing musical instruments like the guitar...
Hi Lybrate user That's very good you have so many hobbies, keep yourself engaged. You can help others with your knowledge and experiences you have gained over the years. You can teach underprivileged children's in your local area. You can be a volunteer. At evening you can visit a local park for a walk and feel the beauty of nature like trees, grass, birds etc, make some new friends. You have to proper take care of your physical health also, eat healthy take proper sleep.in this way you can change your life for the better of our society and give yourself the positive mindset and attitude that you deserve. Thanks.
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My father is suffering from depression he feel soo depressed. Nit taking interest in anything every time he say I’m not well.

Ms. Anjali Mahajan 92% (10 ratings)
M.Phil - Psychology, M.Sc - Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Zirakpur
My father is suffering from depression he feel soo depressed. Nit taking interest in anything every time he say I’m n...
If you feel that depression is severe you can take him to a psychiatrist for medication and additionally counselling will be helpful for him. Psychotherapy will help to know about his thoughts and reasons for behaving in a manner that he does and help in initiating activities.
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Sir suddenly I stopped taking depression medicine for 5 days and seemed same problem is any problem. My doctor is out stationed.

Dr. Deepti Bhandari 91% (180 ratings)
Master of Science/M.S. (Psychotherapy & Counselling), Ph.D.Neuropsychology, BA, Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology )
Psychologist, Udaipur
Sir suddenly I stopped taking depression medicine for 5 days and seemed same problem is any problem. My doctor is out...
Dear Lybrate User, Why did you stop taking the Depression medication. The Psychiatric medication isn't allowed to stop or start suddenly. It gives brain shock waves which are harmful. These medication can only be reduced very gradually over a period of time. please continue your medication and see your doctor when he comes. You can also contact Psychologist along with medicine to reveal the cause of depression and tackle it. Divine Blessings.
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Mental Health - 6 Reasons To Take it Seriously!

Dr. Milind Barhate 87% (161 ratings)
DPM, MBBS
Psychiatrist, Mumbai
Mental Health - 6 Reasons To Take it Seriously!

The first question when you greet somebody is 'how are you' and this often refers to our state of well-being. While most answers would be great, awesome or good, we usually think of how we are doing physically. While some of us may talk about physical conditions (say things like feverish, have a cold, etc.), not many would think of talking about mental health conditions. However, mental health is very important for overall well-being.

Can you think of someone who is severely depressed or anxious all the time and have a good physical health? Chances are very bleak, and if you consider the overall health as a mix of mental and physical balance, this is not possible. Read on to understand how important mental health is and why you should start paying more attention to it.

  1. Improved physical health: If someone is in a stressed state, it is obvious that they would not be able to do the activities they enjoy. Being affected mentally also leads to reduced immunity and sleep disturbances, making the person prone to infections and other disorders. Stress is one of the main risk factors for chronic medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
  2. Improved prognosis: Most often, doctors focus on treating the physical aspects of a person’s health. However, with recent emphasis on mental health, more and more doctors are looking at wholesome measures to improve a person’s health. Results show that when a person’s mental health is also addressed, the physical ailments respond very well.
  3. Improved productivity: People with unattended mental health disorders often resort to absence from work and/or school, can have financial instability, be homeless and can fall repeatedly. Being mentally healthy provides overall changed perspective of life and therefore improves productivity.
  4. Improved personal relationships: Children of people affected with mental illness are prone to neglect, abuse, rejection, and behavioural issues. There is also social isolation, which may lead into adulthood, and these children may also have emotional health problems. Others in the close circle including spouses, siblings, parents, close friends and colleagues would be clearly affected by a person who is mentally unhealthy.
  5. Social effects: These people are highly prone to social crimes like rape, murder, theft, violence, etc. They may not be able to afford their treatment and/or resort to these crimes to assert themselves.
  6. Improved quality of life: Life expectancy is higher in people who are mentally healthy. Even with mild symptoms of anxiety and depression, this is reduced, and the chances of a happier, healthier life are reduced.

Whatever the effect, mental health needs to be addressed as equally as we do physical problems, using medications, counselling, or lifestyle changes.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Depression During Pregnancy: Ways To Cope With It!

Dr. Shilpa Bansal Agrawal 87% (369 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, DNB, Fellowship in Infertility
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Depression During Pregnancy: Ways To Cope With It!

Pregnancy is that wonderful and beautiful phase that most women rejoice about. However, many may find it hard to believe that pregnancy can bring with it a condition known as ‘antenatal depression’. This is a common condition in expecting mothers and should not be ignored.

Depression during pregnancy like regular depression is a clinical condition and requires further investigation and management. Pregnancy is related to the female hormones and therefore, mood swings are common (as during PMS and menopause). However, depressed pregnant women would typically have the following associated symptoms too.

  1. Altered eating habits
  2. Altered sleeping patterns (too much or too less)
  3. Loss of attention/ability to focus
  4. Losing interest in activities which usually interest the person
  5. Feeling very anxious
  6. Constant feeling of sadness
  7. Uncertainty about the future
  8. Feeling of worthlessness
  9. Suicidal tendencies

It has been noted about 25% of women can get depressed during pregnancy for varying periods of time. Some potential reasons for this are as below.

  1. Strained relationships: One of the most important factors for a healthy pregnancy is a happy relationship, not just with the partner, but with immediate and close family members with whom there is a high level of regular interaction.
  2. Work stress: For working women, a stressful office environment could take a toll on their moods.
  3. Previous miscarriages: This can cause anxiety and depression about possible repeat incident.
  4. Potential complications: If the periodic examinations showed up possibility for complications in pregnancy, the chance of depression in the mother increase.

How it affects pregnancy?

A depressed mother would not be able to care for herself and  therefore, the baby may not get adequate nutrition for its development. Additionally, the potential for nicotine and alcohol abuse increases, which also negatively impacts the baby’s growth. There could be low birth weight, premature birth and developmental delays after birth.

How it can be managed?

While the hormonal changes during pregnancy causes mood swings, diagnosing if it is depression is important. A consultation with a psychiatrist may be required for some women.

Some of the options available for treatment include support groups, individual counseling, and medications.

  1. It is important to understand that this is a common condition and you are not the only one going through this. Talking to other women who feel depressed can help in mood uplifting of all involved.
  2. If you are too shy about it, individual counseling could be the next best thing.
  3. Stress management including light exercise, music, meditation, rest, diet, and support from close friends and family are highly recommended.
  4. Since most antidepressants would reach the baby, it is advisable to avoid these less you need them as a last resort.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Demystifying Depression

Dr. Jimmy Mody 88% (29 ratings)
Transpersonal Regression Therapy, Integrated HYpnotherapy & Clinical Hypnotherapy, BA - Economics
Psychologist, Mumbai
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Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. The various symptoms here affect how one feels , thinks and handles daily activities . A doctor can help work out the best treatment strategy basis one's health conditions and symptoms.

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