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Continuous insomnia followed by an episode of seizure, diagnosed to be onset of depression, do not have any symptoms. Opinion?

Hi Doctor, I was suffering from insomnia starting November last year. I overlooked this symptom and continued to be regular on my daily schedule, including my workout sessions during the evening. One fine evening i had a seizure(which i guess came from deprived sleep combined with my workout). I then consulted a psychiatrist and he prescribed antidepressants to get my sleeplessness addressed. he says it is the onset of depression . I do not believe so as i do not have any other symptoms of depressions.. YOur thooughts on this would be appreciated.
Asked On : Tue, 23 Oct 2012
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Dear patient,

To qualify for depression, you need on top of a depressed mood most of the time (absolute inclusion criteria) 4 or more additional symptoms of depression, which, probably as you have investigated include altered sleep, appetite, energy levels, interest in activities, feelings of guilt and suicidal thoughts. If you don't fulfill that definition then it is probably not depression. I would encourage you to self apply a simple questionaire called PHQ-9 that you will find online, which is a very sensitive tool to detect depression.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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