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I feel depressed and have low self worth, can't concentrate on studies and work, keep forgetting things, feel weakness and feel like committing suicide.

Last Updated - Fri, Mar 16 2018

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Hi doctor,

My age is 55. I can't concentrate on studies and work. I am suffering with unavoidable thoughts which are words insulting by my relations about my status and financial position. I am always thinking about them what I want reply and questioning to them. But, I am asking them and 24 hrs I am memorising their thoughts. Sometime I feel depressed and go for suicide. My memory power become less and I keep forgetting everything. I want divert mind to some studies and improve knowledge, but I am not doing any thing. Always I feel weakness. Please help me. I am suffering with myasthenia disease since 2002 and taking Gravatar and mycept tablets 4 dosages per day.

Category: General Physician


Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University

Depression is the problem you seem to be suffering from. You definitely need urgent psychiatric help so that your problem can be gauged and treatment appropriately started. You should not ignore this and seek medical help as soon as possible. Once your medications are started, you can also take counselling sessions with a therapist for helping you cope with the stress you are facing. You can be cured and I'm sure you will get better soon. This is a very common problem and can be treated well, so that your mind and thoughts don't trouble you anymore. Take care.


Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.

Things that everyone should know about depression:

  • Depression is a real illness.
  • Depression is treatable.
  • Depression affects people in different ways.
  • If you have depression, you are not alone.


Types of Depression
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There are several types of depressive disorders.

  • Major depression: Severe symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life

  • Persistent depressive disorder: A person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for at least 2 years.

  • Psychotic depression, which occurs when a person has severe depression plus some form of psychosis, such as having disturbing false beliefs or a break with reality (delusions), or hearing or seeing upsetting things that others cannot hear or see (hallucinations).

  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is characterized by the onset of depression during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. The depression generally lifts during spring and summer. SAD may be effectively treated with light therapy, but nearly half of those with SAD do not get better with light therapy alone. Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy can reduce SAD symptoms, either alone or in combination with light therapy.

  • Postpartum depression, which is much more serious than the “baby blues” that many women experience after giving birth, when hormonal and physical changes and the new responsibility of caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of women experience postpartum depression after giving birth.

  • Bipolar disorder is different from depression. The reason it is included in this list is because someone with bipolar disorder experiences episodes of extreme low moods (depression). But a person with bipolar disorder also experiences extreme high moods (called “mania”).



Symptoms

  • Feeling sad, anxious, or empty
  • Feeling hopeless or pessimistic
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless
  • Appetite changes
  • Not enjoying things you used to enjoy
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Trouble with concentration, memory, or making decisions
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing weight
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

Dr. Aditi Gupta

MD - Internal Medicine
Angeles University

Dr. Aditi Gupta has worked in the emergency department for Hospitals like Fortis Hospital (Bengaluru)and St.Philomena's Hospital(Bengaluru). She has also participated in numerous health studies in Philippines.

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