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Last year I lost my father after he suffered a stroke. I took it hard, but I seem to be getting worse rather than better. I am totally wiped of energy. I sleep all day. I don't see my friends or family. I cry for no apparent reason. I cannot climb out of this black hole, and all I want is to have my life back. What is wrong with me?

Answered by: Ilene Dillon

I have been told by my doctor that my sleeplessness and increase in appetite may be due to feelings of depression. It does run in my family, but I am not sure about taking any kind medication. I hear it can cause you to get more depressed or even make you suicidal. Is that true?

Answered by: Dr. Peter Lambrou

I can't seem to get motivated to do many things. I feel the desire to accomplish the tasks, but when I get home, I feel worn out mentally and can't seem to find the energy to do it. Physically I seem to be okay, mentally I am not. I know if I complete these tasks the monetary reward will be enormous... however that still doesn't seem to be that much of a motivator. What can I do?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

What can I do with all these negative thoughts. I find that when I am not focused on some task at hand and my mind wonders off into a daydream world, I often think about pending or potential conflicts with people in my life. It could be a disagreement I am having with my wife. Or a misunderstanding I had with a co-worker. But I find myself rehearsing over and over in my head what I am going to say when and if the moment is right. I know I do it to prepare myself some how. But it has become a habit and I find myself thinking about conflicts way too much. As a result it keeps me keyed up and tense. How can I stop the pattern?

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Skinner

This has been a depressing summer. And interestingly I have been sick with colds and sneezes more this summer than I can ever remember. Is there a relationship between health and emotions? Oh yes, what would be your best tip for dealing with my depression? As you can hear, its not something I am excited about addressing.

Answered by: Ilene Dillon

I have recently been battling with depression and can manage it most days. But recently, when I get into large group settings, I find that I start to feel physically awful. I get sweaty and shaky and dizzy...I actually feel physically sick. I have to go find a quiet, cool place for these feelings to subside. My friend said it could be anxiety attacks, but I don't recollect ever having anxiety attacks. Do these symptoms fit anxiety?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

My husband is a police detective, and in the last three months, he has been involved in investigating three brutal murders. The things he sees and deals with all day long are gruesome and cruel and I have noticed some changes in him lately. What are some of the symptoms that I should watch out for if I believe he may be suffering from PTSD?

Answered by: Wanda Brothers

I have been considering placing my unborn child for adoption, but I am wondering if it is the best thing for my child. I am afraid that he will think that I didn't want him.

Answered by: Ilene Dillon

My spouse is addicted to prescription medication. His personality has changing. I don't know what to do or say to him. I am afraid he is going to lose his job. Is there something I can do to help him?

Answered by: Ilene Dillon

What are the causes of depression? I am worried about my brother, who seems to be down and out. And frankly I don't understand how we both grew up in the same home but both feel so very differently about our lives.

Answered by: Dr. Peter Lambrou