Patient discussion about clinical depression

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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.

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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:
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8596/35222/362840.html?d=dmtContent
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. How long does it take to get rid of depression after taking medication?

my husband in major depression from the past one month . Now he is hospitalized and taking medication every day the last two weeks. Even now he seems to be depressed and he tried for suicide twice he always thought of suicide and he doesn’t want to return to work .is it possible to recover from depression after one month & to go to job again . i am really worried about his suicidal ideation. please help me .
A1Hi there, I had depression for 4 years. and it's hard, and thank god there are still wonderful spouses like you to be there for him through this hard time.
Depression cannot be cured 100% by medication only... support is needed, constant. Once the drugs kick in, it changes the chemical balance in his head, but it may not change the way he has been use to. He may forget why he wanted to kill himself. But that won't fix his laziness. He needs motivation. To see the light at the end of the tunnel (so to speak). Remind him of who he was before the depression, and why you fell in love with him in the first place. Your support will increase his recovering time immensely...
A2I starting reading (as per my counselor)about REBT. Go her to read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_Emotive_Behavior_Therapy
A3I found a nice web site for self help with depression:


http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depression-self-help/DN00014

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Q. What damage does depression do to the brain and how can you treat it?

How does it affect your chemical balance, your brain? Is it critical or will be critical later in life? I just read on Yahoo News that Clinical stress could increase risk of Alzheimer's later in life. Does age matter like during teen years? I had depression and begun running. I noticed that I have a hard time focusing and absorbing information. I forgot a lot of things. All my brain seems to focus on is emotions. Can I change that? The running has made me feel a lot better afterwards
A1This is actually a good question- but I couldn’t find any research concerning long term damage from depression. It sounds unreasonable though…because there is no deprivation of oxygen or anything essential in depression. But the brain is a biological system that is under constant change – so it may be that pattern of thought changed. About the Alzheimer's- I only saw articles about depression because of Alzheimer.
A2You have to face the day every day and try not to let the distant future be too much of a concern. Its more than enough just to take care of today.
A3i think the real damage of long term depression is for your loved ones...living with someone who has it and is not consistent with treatment is a very energy consuming life... leaves you depleted, so the best thing that you can do is take care of your depression. i agree with Tiffany! running is a great start! way to go!
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