Category: Depressive Disorders

Is Depression a Physical Result of Injury?

_If depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, then how can it possibly be tied to injury?” Depression, that occurs after injury, is not at all related to the injury. The depression may have existed for a considerable period and simply not been detected. Individuals with recurrent major depression have a series …

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Anti-Depressants

Many back injured patients become depressed. Some would say that most become depressed. However, very few seek treatment for their depression. Even if they were depressed prior to injury, and, again, there are data to support that pre-existing depression increases the risk of injury, there is a responsibility for treating the exacerbation of the depression …

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Sleeplessness

Depression, Pain, and Sleeplessness A surgeon has two simple questions that can be asked of his patients to determine if the patient has underlying or concurrent psychological problems that are disrupting recovery: 1. “Do you ever wake up between 2am and 4am and are unable to fall back to sleep for reasons other than pain? …

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Depression Detection

When you realize that major depressive disorder is often missed during the course of routine health care, there needs to be an approach that assures early detection. Need a quick and effective way to screen for detection of depression depression and a means to help remember what to look for? Here is a mnemonic that …

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The Concept of Depressed Mood

Depressed Mood Depressive disorders are a complex combination of numerous physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. It is estimated that ~8% of the general population suffers from depression at any given time. However, depression is not, itself, a disabling condition, and mood is only part of the concern. It is characterized by a series of psychological …

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Hypervigilance

Hypervigilance is a symptom. Vigilance is the ability to stay focused upon a task and/or concept for an extended period of …
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Contradiction

Contradiction “We read two of your consultation reports last month.  One said that the patient lost 20 pounds which was …
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Generalized

Generalized Anxiety Anxiety is a milder form of fear, and as you know, fear is an essential emotion that protects us from …
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