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My medication is helping, but I have sexual side effects. What can I do?I have been treated for depression in the past. Can I prevent an episode in the future?Are antidepressants prescribed for reasons other than depression?What are my rights to refuse medication and other treatments?SEVEN. SURVIVINGA family member has depression. Is there anything I can do to help?I am pregnant and feeling very depressed. Can I take medication?My father died 6 months ago. Since then my mother refuses to leave the house, stating that she is still in mourning. What should I do?How does generic medication differ from trade name medications?FOUR. TREATMENTVNSWhat is the difference between thoughts and feelings?Will I become addicted to the medication?What is the difference between psychiatry and psychology?Can I take other medicines while I am on an antidepressant?How are alcoholism and depression connected?What is depression?Will diet or exercise help with my mood?After a heart attack 6 months ago, my father has been minimally interested informer activities and is afraid to go anywhere alone. Is this normal?SIX. SPECIAL POPULATIONSWhat are emotions, and why do we have them?ONE. THE BASICSWhy did my doctor diagnose depression when I do not feel depressed?What are the side effects of medication for depression?Our child has been medically ill. She is having behavioral problems at school and home and is angry all the time. What can we do?Why is depression more common in women?How does psychotherapy work if depression is due to a chemical imbalance?Are any blood tests or other tests available for depression?A family member committed suicide. Did I miss something?Why is my doctor telling me I need treatment for my addiction when I thought treating the depression would solve my problem?The guidance counselor at school believes our teenage daughter is depressed. She spends a lot of time in her room. Is this normal teen behavior?I have been diagnosed with depression. What do I tell my family and friends?Why do I need a mood stabilizer with my antidepressant if I am depressed but not manic?FIVE. ASSOCIATED CONDITIONSHow does the brain affect behavior and regulate emotional states?What is the risk of suicide when someone is diagnosed with depression?What are the risks of treating my teenager with an antidepressant?Who is qualified to diagnose and treat depression?I am not getting any better despite numerous medication trials. My doctor says I have a personality disorder that medication will not treat and recommends more intensive therapy. What does she mean by that?What is bipolar disorder?PATIENT BIOGRAPHIESWhat are my rights to refuse hospitalization?What is the treatment approach for children and adolescents?When is hospitalization necessary? What does it offer?How do I know whether I have depression versus a "normal" reaction to a problem in my life?Can I drink wine with my antidepressant?TMSI have been diagnosed with a mild depression. Does that mean a quicker recovery?Can I take an antidepressant while I am nursing?My mother is depressed but refuses to see anyone. What can I do?Since returning from active duty overseas, my husband is having nightmares, is afraid to go out, and is quieter than his usual self. Is this posttraumatic stress? Will it go away?My mother has been drinking wine daily since my father died. Could she be depressed?What is NAMI? How can they help?What are the symptoms of depression?My husband is drinking a lot of alcohol lately. My friend believes he might be self-medicating. What does that mean?What are the risks for suicide in children and adolescents?What chemicals regulate emotions? What chemical imbalance occurs in depression?I have been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Is my baby at risk?I understand there are newer brain therapies approved for the treatment of depression other than ECT. What are they and should I consider them if I'm not getting better?My mother is in a nursing home and has stopped eating. Her doctor believes she is depressed. She never had a mental disorder before. Is this possible?Is medication or therapy more effective for depression?What are my rights to privacy?Does the type of depression I have determine the type of treatment I need?Why did my doctor prescribe an antipsychotic for me when I am just depressed?I became irritable and agitated on my antidepressant. My doctor believes I have become "hypomanic." What does that mean?I have low thyroid and take medication. I have been depressed as well. Will my depression get better on the thyroid treatment?My spouse is returning from active duty overseas. What is the risk for depression?My doctor recommends medication for my depression. Should I wait to see whether my depression will go away without treatment?I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. How is the combination of conditions treated?I have been prescribed an "off-label" medication. Does that mean that it is experimental?GlossaryTWO. DIAGNOSISWhat can I do if I have failed several forms of medication and therapy?My internist is prescribing an antidepressant. How do I know whether I should see a specialist? Should I see a psychopharmacologist?What are the different types of medication used to treat depression? How does my doctor choose a medicine?My mother has memory problems. Her doctor diagnosed pseudodementia and prescribed an antidepressant. Is she at risk for Alzheimer's disease?Are there any risks from engaging in psychotherapy?What are the different types of talk therapies, and what do they do?Is there a link between child abuse and depression?What is mental illness? What is a major mental illness?Why are certain people more susceptible to depression?There has been a lot of press lately about antidepressants causing people to become suicidal or violent. What are the facts?Are there long-term dangers to taking medication?Are there medical conditions that could be cause for my depression?What are the postpartum blues? Does that mean that I am depressed or will become depressed?Should I worry about my employer finding out about my treatment?What are the different types of depression?How do I choose a therapist and a therapy approach?What risk factors are associated with depression?What is the DSM-IV-TR?How do chemicals work in the brain?What are the different types of treatment for depression?How long will I have to stay on medication?How is depression diagnosed?Do children get depressed?What is cognitive—behavioral therapy?I have not been able to sleep well or concentrate at work since being mugged 3 months ago. Could I be depressed?Where can I find more information on depression?Are there any natural remedies for depression?Will I gain weight from the medication?Is it necessary to involve my family in my treatment?Will I get depressed again after I have recovered?DBSMy psychiatrist tells me he has a "duty to warn" if I become threatening. What does that mean?I have recently been diagnosed with depression. What are the risks that my children will inherit it?What causes depression?My doctor thinks I should have electroconvulsive therapy. I thought that was no longer used. What is it and what does it do?My antidepressant is not helping. What happens next?I have a good job and a loving family. How can I feel depressed?Will the medication turn me into a zombie or make me look medicated?THREE. RISK, PREVENTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGY
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