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Depression, tuberculosis problem, sleeplessness, sitting idle, worried - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi Doctor
Doctor :   Please proceed with the doctor.
User :   Okay sorry
User :   My mother in law has a problem of depression
Doctor :   ok
User :   She is currently suffering from tuberculosis
User :   and medication for the same is going on
Doctor :   ok
User :   but she is not getting proper sleep because of depression and too many thoughts coming up all the time
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   What depression medicine is she taking.
User :   Could you give a way out as to how do we treat the problem
User :   should i come back to you tomorrow as i dont remember the names right now
User :   also do u need to know anything else
Doctor :   Its ok,
Doctor :   How long is she on antidepresants.
User :   one week now
Doctor :   ok, has she resolved her problem.
Doctor :   What kind of problem is she facing, unless she resolves it she might not get sleep.
User :   not really as she gets sleep but during the day when she is sitting idle she keeps thinking
User :   keeps thinking abt past happenings etc.
Doctor :   ok, she does get sleep in the night.
User :   yes
Doctor :   You are worried she does not sleep in the afternoon and is always thinking.
User :   yes
Doctor :   Does she have any friends.
User :   more than myself she is worried
User :   yes
Doctor :   It is better she does not sleep in the afternoon otherwise she wont be able to sleep in night.Get her involvbed in some activities.
Doctor :   Let her mingle with her friends.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Let her join some club,or do activities like knotting, painting, sewing according to her interest.
User :   but since she is suffering from tb does she have to sleep more
Doctor :   It is better she makes friends of her own age group.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Not required to sleep in afternoon too.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Does she not enjoy to play with grandchildren
User :   no grandchildren
Doctor :   ok, with whom does she stay.
User :   my father in law, my husband and myself
Doctor :   Maybe if they were grandchildren, she might be involved in their activities and forget her worries. This isvcommon with their age group.
User :   ok
Doctor :   They tend to feel useless as they age.
User :   ok is it?
Doctor :   tell her to go for walks or exercises everyday.
Doctor :   She needs to feel important or still wanted.
User :   she use to but now she is feeling very weak
User :   because of tb
User :   earlier she use to do yoga also
Doctor :   ok, she can still do knitting, painting,reading books.
Doctor :   ok..
Doctor :   She can still do meditation.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Once tb is cured within 6 months she can move about.
Doctor :   So do not worry.
User :   you wanna say that its like a temporary phenomenon
Doctor :   Tablets itself wont cure depression, she should change her attitude and positive in life.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Yes temporary.It is up to you and other family members to help her.
User :   ya ok
Doctor :   Do you have any more queries.
User :   No thank you doctor
Doctor :   Kindly login for further medical queries.
User :   ok sure bye for now
Doctor :   bye, take care.
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