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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello doctor...I need to know certain information regarding depression in humans
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello doctor...good evening
Doctor :   please proceed
Doctor :   good evening to you too
User :   my mother is very depressed for the past 2 started during my marriage
User :   she was worried about my future life...
User :   she started behaving abnormally since then
Doctor :   ok
User :   though i lived happily she did not believed and worried about me
User :   then v showed her to a psychiatrist
Doctor :   so have the stress factors relieved
User :   she was under treatment
Doctor :   ok
User :   she was ok for few days after taking medicines
User :   but without sleeping tablet she is not able to sleep during night hours
User :   if she didnt sleep during night time, the next day she starts behaving abnormally
Doctor :   ok
User :   because of the tablets her health became too weak
Doctor :   may i know her age ?
User :   51
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   so she muct be having menopausal symptoms as well
Doctor :   may i know where she resides ?
User :   that stopped before 10 years
User :   chennai as of now
User :   now her worry is about her health and she behaves abnormally becoz shez not able to do any work,
User :   she wants to lie down the entire day
Doctor :   no, i mean to say she had menopause 10 yrs back and now must be having fatigue, night sweats, etc
Doctor :   fatigue could be due to anemia, have you got her blood work including Hemoglobin checked ?
User :   is it becoz of that and not becoz of medicines?
User :   no blood check as of now
Doctor :   may i know which medicine she is on ?

Doctor :   In that case, get the blood checked and rule out common conditions like thyroid issues, anemia, etc
User :   her doctor suggested for a shock treatment becoz shez not ok even after taking medicines for the past 2 years
Doctor :   does she stay alone ?
User :   now shez with her father and sister
User :   previously she was alone when my father goes to office
User :   for a change shez now in her fathers home
Doctor :   ok
User :   is it ok to have shock treatment now? does it affect the life ?
Doctor :   it does not affect anything
Doctor :   it will be beneficial in some cases of severe and uncontrolled depression
Doctor :   which cannot respond to medications
User :   once my uncle had shock treatment for heart problem and immediately after giving shock, the beat stopped
User :   thats y we are worrying
Doctor :   no that shock or cardioversion was to restart the heart
Doctor :   it must have been in an emergency, for a heart arrhythmia
Doctor :   ECT electroconvulsive therapy is good in some cases of resistant depression
User :   shez not abnormal all the times, when she gets tensed or worried, she behaves abnormally
Doctor :   that is understood
Doctor :   she has episodes of outburst
User :   so, even for this condition, is it ok to have shock treatment?
Doctor :   yes
User :   or continue with medication?
Doctor :   in cases of severe conditions , where medications are not being helpful ECT can be helpful
User :   ok doctor...thanx for the info...
Doctor :   If you are apprehensive about ECT, you can try change of medicine
Doctor :   or addition of better medicines
Doctor :   try this for about 6 more months
User :   v are thinking of continuing with change of medicines
User :   ok doctor
Doctor :   if that does not help , then u can opt for ECT at any time
User :   ok doctor
User :   where are u from?
Doctor :   there is no hurry for ECT
Doctor :   i am from
User :   ok it possible to get ur email id?
Doctor :   this is my email ID
User :   ok leaving now...thank u very much for the info
Doctor :   you can refer it to Dr
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   please leave your feedback at the end of the chat
Doctor :   take care and i hope everything will work out fine
Doctor :   bye for now and have a good night
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