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I have heavy feeling on the right side of my head that seems to make me feel sluggish and have syptoms of anxiety and depression.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Michael replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I believe I can be of help to you with this issue.

Have you been evaluated i.e., good physical exam and assessment of cardiovascular health? Did these symptoms develop gradually or in response to some major stress or conflict issues, financial problems etc., or were they pretty sudden e.g., not here yesterday by here today, for example?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I had cncer in 09 and the suddenly lost my job last year This developed gradually but became more pronounced the last several weeks
Expert:  Dr. Michael replied 2 years ago.
So, yes, this is quite possibly related to clinical depression and not an immediate cardiovascular emergency such as a mini-stroke---these can produce identical symptoms. Have you ever been treated for clinical depression before. Since you lost yourjob and have struggled with unemployment, and probably, problems feeling postively about yourself, have you talked to anyone about what you have experienced emotionally in the last year?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

There is a corresponded feeling in my system in my groin area that feels tight at times. I am going to see someone soon and will celexa and ativan help with Clinical dpression

Expert:  Dr. Michael replied 2 years ago.
Yes, please get in for a full examination, perhaps with a urologist for the second opinion. The groin tightness isn't a feature we see in depression so you might have depression and some other unrelated problem. The first concern of course is to see what your PSA test shows. Hope you've been examined for prostate cancer in the past couple of years; have you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Ativan does help a little. I feel that if I give in to the feeling in my head it will make me feel then I will feel useless

Expert:  Dr. Michael replied 2 years ago.
I suspect you are feeling increasingly tired and 'emotionally drained' by these symptoms and your life situation; you do also sound like you are having to expend energy to sort of 'battle' the progression of the depression. I am very glad to hear you are going in for a health evaluation and medication evaluation for depression. If you were my patient, I would also get you in touch with a clinical psychologist who practices cognitive behavioral or ACT therapy. I think you need some additional emotional support and assistance in figuring out how you can better cope emotionally and behaviorally each day---the medication can help but you need some advice, fresh ideas for how to cope better etc., and pills can't teach you skills. But therapy can.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance. Let me know also, if I have overlooked any aspect of your original question. I feel badly that you have been unemployed for this long and that it appears your depression may be getting worse. Not a happy situation for you, and I'm sorry.

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