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Clinical Associate Professor David Horgan, MB, BCH, BAO, MRCPsych, MPhil, DPM, FRANZCP, MD who is a Psychiatrist, has prepared this site. He has written a number of publications on various aspects of Psychiatry, especially Depression and bipolar illness, and he has lectured extensively to senior medical students, to psychiatrists in training, and to family doctors and specialists about depression and suicide prevention. He has lectured a number of times to psychiatrists all over Australia about the treatment of resistant and complicated depression, and especially about combining 2 antidepressants simultaneously, has published journal articles in this area, and continues research in this form of treatment. He runs a number of websites such as www.depression.com.au, www.suicideprevention.com.au, www.aftersuicide.com.au, www.bipolarillness.com.au, www.suicideprevention.ie
Self-Administered Questionnaire about depression
A. Understanding what Depression really is
Section 1: A Quick Summary
Section 2: What is Depression, The Illness?
Section 3: How it Happens
Section 4: What Causes Depression?
Section 5: There is a Blood Test for Depression!
Section 6: It could never happen to me: said Professor X
Section 7: Everyone gets depressed sometimes. What’s the difference between depression/unhappiness and depressive illness?
Section 8: Depression is like Diabetes and Cancer, so why the secrecy and the shame?
Section 9: Fear of the Unknown; Epilepsy, TB, and now Depression.
Section 10: Why can’t they snap out of it? A patient’s secret story.
Section 11: Not treating Depression is Russian Roulette.
Section 11A: Treat Depression before it causes irreversible brain damage
B. The Multiple Symptoms of Depression
Section 12: 25 Symptoms you suffer in Depressive Illness and Questionnaire.
Section 13: Fears, Phobias and Hyperventilation in Depression.
Section 14: OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Depression.
Section 15: Becoming High (Bipolar Disorder).
C. Antidepressant Medications
Section 16: Proof that Antidepressants Work.
Section 17: How do Antidepressants Work?
Section 18: Antidepressants are not Addictive.
Section 19: Are Antidepressants Safe?
Section 20: How long should I take Antidepressants? How much? How Safe?
Section 21: Am I taking too much Antidepressant Medication?
Section 22: Am I taking enough Antidepressant Medication?
Section 23: Information about SSRIs – Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Aropax, Cipramil, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Faverin.
Section 23A: Information about Edronax
Section 23B: Information about Avanza/Remeron
Section 24: Information about Cymbalta.
Section 25: Information about Efexor / Effexor.
Section 26: Information about Tricyclic Antidepressants.
Section 27: Information about Lithium (Lithium Carbonate).
Section 28: Information about Benzodiazepines (Minor Tranquillisers).
Section 29: Information about AntiConvulsants.
Section 30: Information about MAO Inhibitors.
Section 31: Information about Aurorix / Mannerix (Moclobemide) (Not available in the USA).
Section 32: Information about Dexamphetamine.
Section 32A: Information about Major Tranquillisers and Depression
Section 33: Medication tricks in complicated Depression.
D. Other Treatments for Depression
Section 34: Non-medication treatments for Depression.
Section 34A: Body,Mind, Spirit
Section 35: Does psychotherapy help?
Section 36: How dose psychotherapy work? “Kaleidoscope”.
Section 37: Herbal treatments for Depression.
Section 37A: Treating depression by problem solving therapy
E. Depression at Various Life Stages
Section 38: PMS / PMT is helped by Antidepressants.
Section 39: Depression during pregnancy.
Section 40: Depression after Childbirth.
Section 41: Depression in Children.
Section 42: Depression in teenagers and young adults.
Section 43: Menopause and Depression.
Section 44: Depression and the older person: Maybe it is not Alzheimer’s Disease after all!
Section 45: Grief Reactions are often complicated by Depressive Illness.
Section 45A: Improving your relationship with your Partner
Section 45B: Stopping arguments
F. Suicide and other Risks
Section 46: The risk of death from Depression.
Section 47: Some warning signs of Suicide.
Section 48: Deliberate Self-harm: Is it serious?
Section 48A: Stopping Suicidal thoughts
Section 49: Will my depression return?
Section 50: Antidote medication to prevent the return of depression
G. Stress Causes Depression – How to stop it
Section 51: Signs of being stressed, and who is vulnerable.
Section 52: Advice for dealing with stress.
Section 53: Anxiety and Depression go together.
H. Helping and Preventing Depression in Others
Section 54: How to help someone with Depression, and what to say.
Section 55: Who is most at risk of developing depressive illness?
Section 56: Protecting my family from getting Depressive Illness.
Section 57: Is Depression hereditary?
I. Medication Side-Effects and their treatment
Section 58: Sexual Problems due to Antidepressants; Various solutions.
Section 59: Weight gain due to Depression or its treatment.
Section 60: Perspiration due to antidepressants; 2 effective antidotes.
Section 61: Tremor, due to antidepressants or Lithium: 2 effective antidotes
Section 62: Dry mouth / thirst, due to antidepressants: How to resolve this.
Section 63: Thirst while on Lithium.
Section 64: Eye problems due to antidepressants: How to resolve them.
Section 64A: Eye specialist tips for Blurring of Vision
Section 65: Blood pressure changes due to antidepressants.
Section 66: Dizziness / low blood pressure due to antidepressants: treating the problem.
Section 67: Breast and gynaecological changes due to antidepressants.
Section 68: Bladder and bowel problems due to antidepressants: How to deal with them.
Section 69: Difficulty sleeping due to Depression or its treatment.
Section 70: White blood cell and platelet changes due to medications.
J. Depression and physical illnesses
Section 70A: Depression causes heart disease
Section 71: Depression makes heart disease and other medical illnesses worse.
Section 72: Heart disease and depression (and the increased risk of death).
Section 73: Depression caused by physical conditions and medications.
Section 74: Pain and depression feed off each other.
Section 75: Cancer and depression.
Section 76: HIV Positive / Aids and Depression.
Section 77: Diabetes and Depression.
Section 78: Depression and Alcohol: It’s like borrowing money on a credit card!