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  I am depressed.  Ever since the accident, I have trouble sleeping and
  keep replaying the scene in my mind.  I have dropped 10 pounds and
  have no interest in eating.  In fact, I have no interest in anything.
  My Doctor says it will pass, but it has been 6 months and I'm
  misserable.  I yell at my wife and kids for no reason and don't want to see my friends
  or family.  I really dread the upcoming holidays.  I don't want to
  see the family.
  Is my Doctor right?  Will it pass?
Dear Paul
It appears from your symptoms, that you may be suffering from a kind of
depression or a Post tramuatic stress disorder. Let me explain to
you regarding these disorders briefly.
Major depression is a very common disorder in which a person can have
depressed (sad)mood or loss of interest in life for a period of at least
two or more weeks. During this period, the person can have disturbances
in sleep, loss of appetite, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness. The
person may also have decreased ability to think, concentrate and can even
have suicidal thoughts. This disorder can adversely effect important areas
of functioning such as work and social relationships.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)is a condition that usually develops
after seeing, hearing or involving in a catastrophic event such as
earthquakes, accident, rape, assualt etc. In this, a person may
frequenctly re-experience the event through dreams and recurrent thoughts,
and may avoid such situations as much as possible. They may even have
difficulty in sleeping, concentrating with increased irritability
and anxiety.
Both the above disorders can be treated with a combination of medications
and psychotherapy. Even though these symptions may pass away in certain
people, based on the severity and duration of your symptoms, I would
recommend you to consult a mental health professional or contact
Henry Ford Behavioral Services Clinic at (313)-874-6680 for confidential
This information is provided for general medical educational purposes
only and should not replace evaluation by a physician.
Key words: Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, Major depression

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