Patient discussion about clinical

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Q. Is there any clinical evidence to support to my question?

Can acupuncture help reduce the pain in fibromyalgia? Is there any clinical evidence to support to my question?
AYes, acupuncture therapy can reduce the fatigue, widespread pain and sleep problems associated with fibromyalgia. If acupuncture can be used in place of pain reliever then its good as the side effect associated with pain relievers are reduced.

Q. I want to know what causes clinical depression?

My friend is diagnosed with clinical depression. He is showing signs for the past six months. We found this when he lost interest in music which was his soul before. He lost interest in all other activities including hang out with us. We were wondering what could be the reason for the drastic change in his behavior. Very recently he stopped attending school also. We have tried to contact him but in vain. Then we got to know from his brother that he feels very low and depressed and is diagnosed with clinical depression? I want to know what causes clinical depression?
AAny neurotransmitters imbalance in the brain can cause the mood to go down. This makes the person depressed. This can happen due to genetic impact. The social or financial difficulty can cause the disturbances in neurotransmitters, which causes depression in a person. Try to know from him whether he has any history of failures which he is hiding within him. Try to know the exact cause of depression. Depression, if left unattended, could develop in to Bipolar Disorder.

Q. What's the difference between clinical depression that needs treating, and just regularly being depressed?

I'm often depressed, and i just wondered what the difference is between just being depressed, and clinical? At what point does depression become depression?
A1It depends on the duration of the episodes, the frequency and severity. Even psychiatrists have trouble to pinpoint it. They often disagree on the “borderly” cases, here is some info on the diagnose of depression:
A2I am reasonably sure that clinical depression is the kind which can be treated by a medical doctor. It is a chemical imbalance. Depression robs you of a kind of body/brain chemical that leaves you feeling low. The medicines a doctor prescribes can either boost that chemical (that's what Xanax does for me) or can inhibit the uptake of it (medicines such as Prozac and Effexor do that). I just went through one of many lows. This one did not last long but many go on for for some time it seems depending on the amount of stress that occurred which probably brought it on. My doctor says to take a Xanax to knock it out. I only needed one this time. It gives me a boost and helps calm me back down. The Effexor I take, is timed release. Its a daily dose of the uptake inhibitors to maintain my "good" brain chemistry. This is how I survive.
A3Getting depressed now and then (even on no reason) is a part of life. But if the depression lasts more then 10 days- then this can be clinical problem. They diagnose it if you have 5 0f those symptoms over 10 days:
Low mood, lack of interest in the world, gain/loose weight, change of sleeping pattern, agitation or lack of motility, fatigue, the notion that men doesn’t worth anything, concentration deficiency, thoughts of death/suicide.

Q. What's the difference between the depressions of the bipolar disorder and clinical depression?

How can I differentiate between the two? Thanks
A1When it persists past several major bouts, it is then called "chronic" and yes, from one who has it, it can go on for many years. You keep hoping that it won't come back but it hits you and you never seem to know why. After many good days, you think its gone and life will be good again and you get hope for getting off the medicine, and then out of no where, whamm, bamm and it knocks you down again, sometimes really down there with your face in the dirt. I just keep taking my medicine, pray alot, and stay away from stressful things.

A2With clinical depression it can persist for years. There is no real reason for the depression and it tends to show up on a regular basis for the majority of the person's life.
A3The depressive side of bipolar disorder has the same symptoms as clinical depression but the mania experienced with bipolar disorder is a lot more than not feeling depressed anymore. there are the mood changes or mood swings from high to low with bipolar disorder.

Q. Can anyone with experience help me to know what the clinical phenotype of autism is?

I am new to the medical field and I have been here for 3 months. Can anyone with experience help me to know what the clinical phenotype of autism is?
AI welcome you to my favorite choice. This field is really very satisfying while we serve others for their good. Because of the similarities and differences among people with different forms of autism, health care professionals now view autism as having a broader clinical phenotype than was once thought. The expanded phenotype goes beyond the standard definition for autism, to include, as the DSM-IV states, a range of impairments rather than the absolute presence or absence of a certain behavior or symptom (DSM 1994).The DSM-IV uses the terms “pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)” and “autism spectrum disorder (ASD)” to describe five variations of autistic behavior; the International Classification of Disease (ICD), published by the World Health Organization (WHO) , has eight variations of PDD.

Q. Hi everyone. I'm not clinically diagnosed with depression but I feel so.

Hi everyone. I'm not clinically diagnosed with depression but I feel so. I used to eat some chocolates daily because I know chocolate helps the brain to produce serotonin, so I eat chocolates whenever I feel depressed. Now as I haven't eaten any chocolate for the past 10 days, I am less depressed since then. Is there a chance that it increases serotonin for a short time but causes depression later
A1Drop the chocolate unless its in moderation. If your doctor prescribed medication, then take that regularly as prescribed.

If you want to supplement that with something natural, exercise or physical activity is the very best thing to do regularly. A 20 minute walk every day, reduces stress, stimulates your cardiovascular system and helps with weight control. The exercise needs to elevate your pulse rate to do any good at all. Everything over 15 minutes burns fat.

Yoga is another way to go. There are lots of others.

The other main ingredient is your diet.

Of course, drinking and smoking are out and don't need any explanation.

If you've got a dog, take it out for a walk. I can't get my cat to go with me.
A2It shows that you are not a keen chocolate lover before and now you started on them and this too shows that you don’t eat them with love but just for therapeutic purpose only. What I feel is that the chocolate you eat is increasing the sugar and related physiological tension and it adds up to your stress level. It also depends on the quality that you may be having as some other mixed ingredients may also act as trigger for your stress. Now you feel better after you stopped the chocolates, please follow the same. Don’t go for self medication without doctor’s consultation.

Q. How do you differentiate between fluorosis and caries?

Both appear as white spots on the teeth, so clinically how do you differentiate between them? I know it has something to do with their appearance while wet and dry, but I am not sure what? please help me I can't find this in any book.
A1Only mild fluorosis is seen as white stop lesion on the tooth. It usually comes with brown spots. Look for them. Another method is trying to stick a dental explorer into it (not the Microsoft one- it’ll only be a portal for viruses..) and because caries is demineralized area it will feel kind of sticky. But I wouldn’t do that…it can harm the teeth. Another way is by an x ray. Fluorosis- you will see it as a whiter spot. Caries- a more translucent spot.
A2Fluorosis is something that happens when the tooth forms. It can not happen after the tooth erupts, so it is something that was always on the tooth. Cavities form after the tooth erupts and would be a white spot that forms where brackets from braces or at gum line or anywhere plaque could build up.
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