1. Depression Medication and side effects_Answer

    It is good that you have chosen to get treatment for your depression. It sounds like the medicine is working to help relieve your depression, but you are having disturbing sexual side effects. There are several classifications of anti-depressants. Most of the commonly prescribed anti-depressants tha…Read More

  2. Personality Changes – What to do_Question

    Dear Dr. Beth, I’m a 28 year old guy and I live in a nearby small town where I work full-time. I have lots of family and friends nearby. I used to be a happy person and liked everyone. Now, it seems like I’m irritable and resentful toward my friends and family. I still care about them—in fact,…Read More

  3. Depression – How to diagnose it_Answer

    You are suffering from a depression that has clearly become disabling in its severity.  I have dealt with many people who have experienced   depression as severe as yours.  This is a dangerous level of depression and you cannot afford to procrastinate any longer on getting help.  Some people ev…Read More

  4. Depression – How to diagnose_Question

    Dear Dr. Beth, I know I am depressed and have been for a long time, but I’m actually too depressed to get out of bed or even make a phone call to make myself get in touch with a doctor or counselor. I can barely even get myself to write this email. I hardly eat at all or shower or do any of the no…Read More

  5. Depression – How to find help_Question

    Dear Dr. Beth, I know I am depressed and have been for a long time, but I’m actually too depressed to get out of bed or even make a phone call to make myself get in touch with a doctor or counselor. I can barely even get myself to write this email. I hardly eat at all or shower or do any of the no…Read More

  6. Bipolar Illness – How to diagnose_Answer

    I definitely think there is something important to sort out here.  While variations in mood and energy are certainly normal, the extremes you describe and your description of "almost never being in the middle" of the mood scale are definitely suspicious for a possible mood disorder.  Bipolar illne…Read More

  7. Bipolar Illness – How to diagnose_Question

    Dr. Beth, I have a problem and people keep telling me that it is bigger than I think it is.  I have lost several jobs over the years, usually due to blowing up at my boss or a coworker. I tend to get angry and irritated easily at everyone from family members to complete strangers in grocery stores …Read More

  8. Depression – two different types_Answer

    You are asking an excellent question.  There are, in fact, two overall categories of depression:  situational depression and biologically-based depression. A person may experience one or both of these and sometimes a combination of these two types. This classification system refers to the origin o…Read More

  9. Mood Swing / Bipolar-how to tell the difference_ Answer

    It really isn’t possible to do an “armchair” diagnosis of someone who is experiencing such a complicated set of mood symptoms and making lots of problematic life choices. It doesn’t sound like you are dealing with a straightforward depression or a clear-cut anxiety problem. While I can’t t…Read More