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Avatar m tn People,don't lose faith,depression can be treated with the right therapy and the right medications,it's a question of finding the right meds for your depression,it's trial and error until you find the right one or combination and then life can become so much easier.Always consult your doctor when coming off meds and don't stop cold turkey because the withdrawl symptoms can be shocking.Don't ever think you're alone either because you're not.
Avatar f tn At the top of the forum index page there are two buttons - Warning signs of Depression and Symptoms of depression. The symptoms page follows the DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) which is what pdocs used to diagnose mental illness. The other one, warning signs, covers DSM symptoms and a few more related signs which may or may not be present, like anxiety, irritability and alcohol use.
Avatar n tn 5-5.0. I also understand that thyroid conditions are often missed in elderly women and should be considered when there are issues like memory loss, depression, and fatigue. My mother is having these problems and her TSH level has ranged from right above 3 to 4.5 over the past six months. I am told by family doctors that these values are within normal range and the thyroid is not an isssue. Is there a new standard for treatment of thyroid?
Avatar n tn The severe version of these symptoms mean they're magnified 10 fold, and tend to involve NO ability to sleep. What makes these symptoms so terrible is they can go on for days weeks, months in some form or other. Although with her sholrt history, that shouldn't happen. If she's still suffering after a week, I'd guess the withdrawals set off some sor of negative effect in her system.
Avatar f tn My mother (75 year-old, osteoarthritis, depression) was diagnosed with PD one month ago. I was worried about slowliness, confusion and lack of concentration and, suspecting dementia, led her to a neurologist. To my surprise, after a very brief evaluation, the doctor saw it clear: mild PD, predominantly in the right side. He prescribed Azilect, as he found her functional state to be fairly good, and Azilect could be neuroprotective, slowing PD progression.
Avatar m tn I did have symptoms in my acute phase back in 1985 but there was no such thing as Hep C back then so nobody knew it was actue hep. I was on chemo for Leukemia at the time so they just passed it off as a chemo problem for me.
Avatar n tn Can you provide some more details of her symptoms? Dementia can result in a number of symptoms. However there are two things that must bbe looked into—one is Alzheimer’s and other is stroke. You can read more about this on http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dementia.html The cause of anemia should be looked into. One possibility is poor diet over a long period. Get her stool examined for occult blood. Another possibility is subclinical UTI. Hope this helps.
Avatar n tn Are there any techniques for dealing with BPD in elderly particularly regarding paranoia, anger and irrationality? I read in one of the forum exchanges that you recommended "including" the BPD person in the planning of care and alternative options. I must say that, in my experience, this has not seemed to be a reasonable option. Although normally appropriate and desirable, such a situation appears to me to be down right dangerous-- for everyone involved. Comment? 2.
Avatar m tn Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information. I am sorry to hear about your husband’s difficulties. Seizures after having a stroke are common. I am not sure what all meds your husband has tried, but there are many seizure medications available. Topiramate does carry the risk of causing forgetfulness/confusion.
Avatar m tn states that Prozac may increase suicidal ideation in children and young adults, but there is no mention of that occurring in the the elderly. Clonidine is not normally prescribed to treat depression. It is primarily used to control blood pressure. It has a number of other uses. I wish your father well.
Avatar n tn i suffered from diziness and headache since 2 years due to traveling outside for work I did all exams such as blood and diabete and hormone everything was well ,and CT scan ,MRI as well all was good I went to ears and eyes doctor they told me ther is no problem,finaly i went to neurologe and psychatrie doctore he told me i have depression ,he gave me cipralex 5 mg first is not working with me he increased to 2o mg I was very good till 2 months but now i change my place for job the problem remia
Avatar n tn Dear John, These must be difficult times for you, "DON'T GIVE UP HOPE". You are probably suffering from Major Depression. If you are feeling suicidal or homicidal go to the nearest Emergency Room. Treatment is available to help you. The following is a brief discription of Major Depresssion including treatment strategies. MAJOR DEPRESSION Major depressions are probably based on some as of yet poorly defined biochemical imbalance in the brain.
Avatar n tn I went to the doctor in june and told her I was tired of all the symptoms, I was having and tired of being depressed about it, she put me on 10mg of fluxotine for depression and I haven't seen much of a change yet...I was just wondering if this could be depression causing all this, or anxiety?
Avatar n tn He is in his mid sixties. Immediately after he went into a depression over what happened and his sudden change in routines. He was taken to see a psychiatrist who put him on Zoloft. His condition over the last 2 weeks worsened and has turned into a psychotic depression. Initially he was having paranoid delusions about his former coworkers trying to frame him for things he might have done wrong in his career. All his statements were very irrational.
209591 tn?1267418314 I have been experiencing major depression for the last four months. Before that the depression would come and go. I am at the point where I cry and cry and cry. On an average day I may sleep 12 -- 16 hours, and when I wake up it feels like I have been up for days at a time. I have really isolated myself from family and friends in the last month, why dampen their spirits right? During the time before you got diagnosed were you all experiencing bouts of depression?
1408210 tn?1340200372 This is my first post on this topic. I was diagnosed years ago with depression and I have tried all the meds available and none help, so I have been winging it on my own, so to speak. I am a 70 yr old female with a family history of alcoholism on one branch of the family tree.
Avatar f tn Hi there; I also suffer with anxiety and depression, so i can totally understand how you feel. I was not prescribed Prozac, I am on Cipramil, but it takes 2 weeks according to my doctor for the drug to start working and can make anxiety temporarily increase when you first start taking it. Try not to think about if it is working or not because that will also increase your anxiety as well.
Avatar n tn He may not even be suffering from Depression. In most cases (not all) if a person is suffering from Severe Depression, then the symptoms are so God awful horrifing and uncomfortable that they will do almost anything to make it stop. This includes going to see a doctor. In some cases Depression sufferers will suffer in silence and resist treatment. This is usually out of shame about admitting that they have a Mental Illness.
Avatar n tn I have always been an excellent student with a sharp memory. In the past 10 years, I have experienced varying degrees of depression, anxiety, and concentration/mental clarity problems. I am 5'5", 129 lbs., and run 15-20 miles per week. I take no medications. I have irritable bowel and severe endometriosis. 2 years ago, during testing for my GI symptoms, I was told I had "sludge" and a polyp in my gall bladder.
Avatar f tn High blood pressure and depression are almost cross connected with anxiety. Depression can lead to anxiety, anxiety can lead to depression and anxiety can lead to high blood pressure. Vitamin B12 (cobalamine) can also have harmful effects on you like memory loss and some cognitive effects. Mania and psychosis may result. But they are most likely to happen in elderly people. The best sources of vitamin B are fresh dairy products and meats.
Avatar m tn He has also been taking 50 mg Imipramine each evening for about 12 years; he takes this not for depression but because he is a mild Type II diabetic and his feet feel as if they are burning when he does not take it. My question is: might the Imipramine be negatively affecting his memory? We have seen no improvement with the Aricept and Namenda. We wonder if he should stop the Imimpramine and start something like Cymbalta, Neurotin, or Lyrica. Would these be safer?
Avatar n tn I will call in Voluntary services next week to see if there is any other work I could do. I'm hoping to get new meds but they only mask symptoms of depression and anxiety.Life is hard at the moment. Clocks go forward next week, roll on summer!
Avatar n tn Yeah, I was depressed, but depression did not cause symptoms, symptoms caused depression--discomfort, restlessness and lack of sleep! I told my husband it would go away or kill me, but I would not go through someone accusing me of being a hypochondriac again. So, I learned to live with it. I was 28 yrs old. At age 34, I became pregnant, had a hell of time. Both hands went numb at about 7 months.
Avatar n tn I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, along with obsessive thinking and depression but I have a difficult time accepting this diagnosis.All symptoms were first somatic with tingling in my arms and legs.Then began some slight almost black out experiences,sleep disturbances with my body vibrating while I was asleep.All medical tests proved okay,MRI of the brain, thyroid testing,etc.During that time,I had my first intrusive thought of hurting a my first therapist that I had ever seen.
Avatar f tn These compounded hormones do not affect fertility, they are not for birth control purposes, but can certainly help with excessive, irregular bleeding, depression, menopause symptoms and other hormonal imbalances. My heart goes out to all you having problems with the pill. I have a 20 year old, 4 months on the pill, experiencing constant anxiety and depression with anger and bouts of crying over small things. I am helping her find alternatives.
Avatar n tn I've done a year with no answers, and a doctor today essentially told me to snap out of it, and wrote off my symptoms as depression and IBS. Don't think I could bear another 9 years of feeling this awful before someone takes me seriously!
242516 tn?1368227505 This new box warning via FDA is something i've been aware of for some time in patients using ciprofloxaxin, levaquin (levofloxacin), Moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (floxin), gatifloxacin (tequin), and i'm glad it'll be highlighted on labeling, showing it's increasing incidence: risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy.
Avatar f tn im a 17 year old male who's been on & off different medications for 3 years before i tried "vyanse" last last year at around this time. I went from 20mg to 30mg then to 50mg & took it till the end of may then stopped because of summer. I again started taking it in August & took it 5 months straight, & actully had increased its dosage to 60mg early December. I ran out on the 21st & stopes taking anymore until January 3rd, the day we came back from Christmas break.
389797 tn?1200693362 Constant nagging abdominal pain ULQ whether I eat or don't, I also have anxiety, sweats (no fever), tremors, and lower back pain. Symptoms were occasional at first but are now almost daily. I wake up in a sweat (which seems different from a hot flash) and fell sick until I have a stool. First stool may be semi-solid, about an hour after eating throughout the day, stools are watery and yellow. I force myself to eat as I have NO appetite.
125112 tn?1217277462 It is common for a hypothyroid person to have a low TSH value, which is usually interpreted as hyperthyroidism, not the reverse, despite many symptoms of low thyroid (depression, dry skin, weight problems, chronic infections, female problems, hair loss, low blood sugar, and so on). TSH tests are not as scientifically accurate as they need to be. There is a sophisticated test to reveal even mild low thyroid and it is the TRH (Thyrotropin Releasing Hormone) test.