Patient Questions

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There are 3-4 categories of antidepressants. Majority of them, yes, cause more or less weight gain. Different people have different sensitivity.

Weighing risk and benefit. Most medications are not favorable during pregnancy, especially benzodiazepines, which are prohibited and can cause fetus facial disfigurement.

It’s important to treat underlying mental condition if it plays role of certain behavior. Forensic psychiatrist certainly can help too!

In general, female has protection from estrogen, which helps to some extend. Remember postpartum depression comes from rapid decline of estrogen level. Same for premenstrual period.

Mechanism of depression still unknown. You probably do not see visible change in brain, but so-called neurotransmitter imbalance may happen. The role of medication is to rebalance neurotransmitters. Some organic brain illnesses can also have depression as part of clinical presentations. Thank you!

Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro etc

Through some brain neuclei to make yourself happier by eating.

So-called best needs to tailer to each individual. However, not many options. Propranolol or hydroxyzine can be tried.

Take deep, slow breaths, seek professional help with a psychiatrist at a later time. In severe situations, you need to come to the ER.

Better to ask whoever prescribed med to you. Best guess is it’s being used for anxiety ocd or ptsd other conditions.

Worth to rule out Adhd condition by testing. Unclear if there is other mental conditions going on from what you are experiencing. Check out our website

Oversleeping can be a symptom of depression but not always. Need to look at big picture of it. Check out our website

Have you checked with neurologist? Not sure if it's migraine or maybe anxiety related?

You need a comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist. Everyone is different in terms of biological response to treatment. Check out our website

General good health, good sleep, balanced diet, balanced sleep, balanced activities help a calmer mood. No specific vitamin helps with anger but above altogether yes. If anger goes to uncontrollable level need to seek professional help!

Even sunshine can help depression. I believe vitamins folic acid, fish oil these essential components could help to some extend. Acupuncture, self message, physical activity and meditation etc could also help. Depends on severity.

If panic-like symptoms are caused by breathing issue, then solve the nasal issue. If after solving the nasal issue symptoms continue, better to get evaluated by a psychiatrist.

Anxiety caused bad hormones in the system. It interfered with the nerve muscle system.

If anxiety is triggered by stress and when the stress goes away, you feel better. That can happen.

All good questions need professional evaluation and then can offer answers accordingly.