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15 year old with loss of appetite, mood swings. Do I have depression?

Hi, I'm 15 and I'm not sexually active but I've been extremely moody and agitated lately and I never feel hungry like I usually do I can just eat breakfast, lunch and then be done eating. My mom has always had a pretty severe case of depression and I keep researching and I have a lot of the same symptoms of depression. Could what I'm going through be depression?
Asked On : Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
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The symptoms like decreased appetitie, decreased sexual interest, agitation and moodiness could be suggestive of depression. As ur mother has depression there is an increased risk for u having it. Depression is also associated with low mood, decreased energy and initiative, loss of interest in activities and negative thoughts( about self, others and future) Ideas of hopelessness and worthlessness are also seen. Sometimes one feels suicidal. If these symptoms occur in u try consulting a psychiatrist at the earliest.
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Psychologist Dr. K. V. Anand's  Response
Dec 2015
Just 15 and started worrying?
Then what you will do when you become adult and have all the responsibilities?
Now your duty is to study and play, not to unbnecessarily worry.
Read or ask advices about adolescent life style and developmentl tasks.
You will become aware that the stated problems are related to dolescent life cycle changes.
Don't be under prejudice, for you are not an expert and not at all experienced.
Wishing Great future
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
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From the description that you have given, it could be possible that you could be having depression. Especially when there is a positive family history. You should see a psychiatrist who can evaluate in detail.
The possible treatment options are :
1) Medications: Sertraline, venlafaxine, fluoxetine, agomelatonin etc.
2) Talk therapy: Cognitive behavioural therapy.
3) Others: Diet and regular exercise.
But please do attend a psychiatrist who can talk to you in much details about your problem and come to a definite diagnosis.
Hope I am able to answer your concerns.
If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.
In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link:

Wish you good health,
Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.
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