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Will I become addicted to the medication?Does the type of depression I have determine the type of treatment I need?What is mental illness? What is a major mental illness?My internist is prescribing an antidepressant. How do I know whether I should see a specialist? Should I see a psychopharmacologist?Why do I need a mood stabilizer with my antidepressant if I am depressed but not manic?How are alcoholism and depression connected?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. What do I tell my family and friends?My mother has been drinking wine daily since my father died. Could she be depressed?ONE. THE BASICSWill I gain weight from the medication?Are there any risks from engaging in psychotherapy?PATIENT BIOGRAPHIESAre there long-term dangers to taking medication?What are the different types of treatment for depression?I have low thyroid and take medication. I have been depressed as well. Will my depression get better on the thyroid treatment?How do I choose a therapist and a therapy approach?VNSIs it necessary to involve my family in my treatment?What causes depression?Are there medical conditions that could be cause for my depression?DBSWhat are the symptoms of depression?What are my rights to refuse hospitalization?Is medication or therapy more effective for depression?How does the brain affect behavior and regulate emotional states?TMSShould I worry about my employer finding out about my treatment?I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. How is the combination of conditions treated?I have been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Is my baby at risk?Is there a link between child abuse and depression?Why are certain people more susceptible to depression?What risk factors are associated with depression?FIVE. ASSOCIATED CONDITIONSThe guidance counselor at school believes our teenage daughter is depressed. She spends a lot of time in her room. Is this normal teen behavior?What are the risks of treating my teenager with an antidepressant?What is bipolar disorder?Are antidepressants prescribed for reasons other than depression?My mother is depressed but refuses to see anyone. What can I do?Are any blood tests or other tests available for depression?What is the DSM-IV-TR?What are emotions, and why do we have them?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?How is depression diagnosed?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?How do chemicals work in the brain?My psychiatrist tells me he has a "duty to warn" if I become threatening. What does that mean?I have not been able to sleep well or concentrate at work since being mugged 3 months ago. Could I be depressed?SEVEN. SURVIVINGWhat are the side effects of medication for depression?What are the different types of medication used to treat depression? How does my doctor choose a medicine?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?What can I do if I have failed several forms of medication and therapy?I have been diagnosed with a mild depression. Does that mean a quicker recovery?Who is qualified to diagnose and treat depression?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?My antidepressant is not helping. What happens next?My husband is drinking a lot of alcohol lately. My friend believes he might be self-medicating. What does that mean?How does psychotherapy work if depression is due to a chemical imbalance?Why did my doctor diagnose depression when I do not feel depressed?Are there any natural remedies for depression?I have been prescribed an "off-label" medication. Does that mean that it is experimental?SIX. SPECIAL POPULATIONSTHREE. RISK, PREVENTION AND EPIDEMIOLOGYWhy is depression more common in women?My doctor thinks I should have electroconvulsive therapy. I thought that was no longer used. What is it and what does it do?Why is my doctor telling me I need treatment for my addiction when I thought treating the depression would solve my problem?TWO. DIAGNOSISWhat is the treatment approach for children and adolescents?How does generic medication differ from trade name medications?What are the different types of depression?What are my rights to privacy?What are the postpartum blues? Does that mean that I am depressed or will become depressed?What is the difference between thoughts and feelings?I am pregnant and feeling very depressed. Can I take medication?Do children get depressed?Can I take an antidepressant while I am nursing?Can I drink wine with my antidepressant?My medication is helping, but I have sexual side effects. What can I do?What is depression?I have a good job and a loving family. How can I feel depressed?My spouse is returning from active duty overseas. What is the risk for depression?What is the difference between psychiatry and psychology?Will I get depressed again after I have recovered?GlossaryI became irritable and agitated on my antidepressant. My doctor believes I have become "hypomanic." What does that mean?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?Will diet or exercise help with my mood?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?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 NAMI? How can they help?What are the different types of talk therapies, and what do they do?Where can I find more information on depression?What is the risk of suicide when someone is diagnosed with depression?What are the risks for suicide in children and adolescents?A family member has depression. Is there anything I can do to help?What are my rights to refuse medication and other treatments?When is hospitalization necessary? What does it offer?My mother has memory problems. Her doctor diagnosed pseudodementia and prescribed an antidepressant. Is she at risk for Alzheimer's disease?How long will I have to stay on medication?Will the medication turn me into a zombie or make me look medicated?How do I know whether I have depression versus a "normal" reaction to a problem in my life?I have recently been diagnosed with depression. What are the risks that my children will inherit it?What chemicals regulate emotions? What chemical imbalance occurs in depression?Can I take other medicines while I am on an antidepressant?Why did my doctor prescribe an antipsychotic for me when I am just depressed?What is cognitive—behavioral therapy?FOUR. TREATMENTThere has been a lot of press lately about antidepressants causing people to become suicidal or violent. What are the facts?I have been treated for depression in the past. Can I prevent an episode in the future?A family member committed suicide. Did I miss something?
 
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