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A 39-year-old member asked:

what is the main difference between depression and schizoid personality disorder?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Big difference: While schizoid personality refers to a relatively set way of integrating information, processing and outward behaviors (i.e. Personality), depression refers to very specific symptoms that cause dysfunction in daily life. These symptoms can affect sleep, eating, energy, interest in life. While people with schizoid personality can get depressed, they are usually not affected by their traits.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Mood: Depression is a mood disorder involving sadness, emptiness, withdrawal, and anhedonia, among other symptoms. Schizoid PD is all about indifference to interpersonal relationships.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do "postpartum" and regular depression differ?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Timing and Cause: Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.
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What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Discuss with doctor: Ideally people dealing with depression should have a discussion with their doctor before pregnancy. In some cases the medication can be stopped. In other cases, the medication should be continued or changed after a discussion regarding the potential complications. Depression is serious and often the known risks of untreated depression far outweigh the low risk of fetal exposure to medication.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I treat depression while pregnant?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depression: Of course, this will differ for every person, but the important thing is that it can be treated during pregnancy. For some this will mean adjusting or changing meds. For some, it may mean seeing a therapist or counselor. Your OB can help to coordinate care. Some patients find their symptoms better during pregnancy, but some do not.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: It is often hard to treat and identify, since both can co-exist, however a helpful tip is sudden deterioration in a stable patient with alzheimers.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Anyone with experience with someone with histrionic personality disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes: Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals have experience with people who have histrionic personality disorder. Many other physicians encounter and work with them also, but are not the primary ones to treat this problem. Mental health professionals would be best suited to help such a person directly.

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