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what's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Dysthymia is mild : To meet the criteria for major depression , one has to have five depressive symptoms for two weeks, dysthymia , is a chronic mild depressive symptoms. Dysthymia can progress to become mdd/o.
Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Frequency and degree: I agree with dr. Amawi. In addition dysthymia entails being depressed or losing interest in activities everyday more days than not for at least two years in an adult. Major depression entails being depressed or losing interest in activities everyday, most all day for at least to weeks.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Type of depression: Dysthymia, is a chronic type of depression that doesn't waver all that much in terms of intensity, as opposed to major depression which wavers widely in intensity. Metaphorically speaking, those with dysthymia experience it as having to wear a coat made of lead, 24-7, with little variation. Those with major depression experience the depressive lows almost like waves.

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How do "postpartum" and regular depression differ?

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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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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.
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How can I treat depression while pregnant?

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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.
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Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
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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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Yes . Depression affects large portion of those suffering from dementia and the symptoms can intensify the symptoms and their impact.
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Can the elderly get depression?

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Yes: Absolutely, as they endure many losses ( perhaps their own health, death of friends) important with elderly who present w/ new onset memory loss to rule out depression, also known as pseudo-dementia.

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