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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Phobias And Just Being Crazy

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What is the difference between phobias and just being crazy?

What is the difference between phobias and just being crazy?

What's normal?: Crazy is hurting others senselessly. It is not a psychiatric term but a term of prejudice and derision. This is an offensive question in that it demeans the suffering that people who have excessive fears experience. Phobias are conditioned fear responses that are irrational-like pavlovs dogs. They can be one or many. See my book psychiatry in technocolors on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


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What is the difference between depression and just being sad?

What is the difference between depression and just being sad?

Typical person test: Sadness is a normal human emotion expressed under appropriate psychosocial circumstances. Depression is a disorder that causes one to derive no pleasure out of usual activities, to be unmotivated, to not care, to be unproductive. To see gloom where there is none. To be flat, unable to have appropriate emotion. If youre concerned about being depressed, see your doctor right away. It's treatable. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having OCD and just being neat?

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What's the difference between having OCD and just being neat?

OCD: Is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that cause apprehension/fear/worry, and repetitive behaviors in attempt to reduce tension & anxiety. Examples are excess washing, cleaning, checking, hoarding, etc. Symptoms are time-consuming & cause more distress. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being schizophrenic and bipolar?

What is the difference between being schizophrenic and bipolar?

Mood versus thoughts: Generally bipolar is a condition that primarily results in a disturbance in mood (mania or depression) - any psychotic symptoms (false beliefs, voices, etcetera) occur only when the person is in an extreme mood. Schizophrenia is a disorder that primarily affects thought (delusions or false beliefs, voices, strange connections). There are people who have a bit of both (schizoaffective). ...Read more

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What is the difference between being just odd and having asperger's syndrome?

What is the difference between being just odd and having asperger's syndrome?

Asperger's: Asperger's is a specific psychiatric diagnosis with specific criteria and symptoms. Being ood is a personal impression. Some people with asperger's can seem quite normal in many ways. Whereas some normal people can sem qwuite odd, if they are under stress or in unfamilliar places. The only wqay to tell is to get an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bingeing and just purging?

What is the difference between bingeing and just purging?

Different entirely: Binging is the act of overeating to excess. Purging is the act of vomiting after this to lose weight. ...Read more

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What is the difference between obsessive compulsive and being a germaphobe?

What is the difference between obsessive compulsive and being a germaphobe?

Different feel: Although phobias and OCD both are categorized as anxiety disroders, most people feel justified with their phobias while those with OCD nearly always see their symptoms as odd or "weird" and making no sense. However, treatments are quite similar both with respect to mediations and with talk therapies. ...Read more

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What is the difference between paranoia and megalomania and what is the link between them ?

What is the difference between paranoia and megalomania and what is the  link between them ?

Paranoia is: a generalized suspicion that other people are talking about us or plotting against us. Megalomania is a craving for power over others or entire groups of people. The two conditions overlap. Hitler is an example of both. Always check out suspicions first and avoid assumptions when questioning the motives of others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being "insane" and having a mental disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between being "insane" and having a mental disorder?

Difference: Insane generally means losing touch with reality. Mental disorders are a number of specific psychiatric conditions. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being thick and being fat?

Thick vs fat: It may be the same thing, but people often use thick to refer to a muscular body type which is different from being fat. However, I have seen many patients who think they are just big boned or muscular, but when we analyze their bodies they are mostly composed of fat. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bipolarity if it is coming in between me and my relationships?

What is the best treatment for bipolarity if it is coming in between me and my relationships?

Medication : You should try and see a board certified psychiatrist. If you have any condition which signifantly affects your life, you definately owe it to yourself, your family and friends to seek help, and sooner rather than later. Do it first for yourself. Mood stabilizing medications would be the standard treatment for bipolar disorder. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between having depression and being manic-depressive?

I want to know what is the difference between having depression and being manic-depressive?

Depression =: unipolar depression. Manic Depression = mania or combination of depression and mania or hypomania. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees ...Read more

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What is the difference between panic and anxiety?

What is the difference between panic and anxiety?

Physical symptoms: Panic (attack) is a type of anxiety. Anxiety is excessive worry or apprehension that causes feelings of restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, fatigueness, and muscle tension. Whereas, panic is intense fear or discomfort that occurs abruptly resulting in heart papitations, sweating, trembling, chest pain, breathing difficulty, dizziness, fear of dying, nausea. ...Read more

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What is the difference between narcissism and having real confidence in yourself?

What is the difference between narcissism and having real confidence in yourself?

One is a disorder : Narcissistic personality disorder is by definition a disorder, meaning it has to cause signficant dysfunction in one's life, health, employment etc. It involves not so much confidence as self-love, meaning to be infatuated with who you are and one's accomplishments to the excusion fo all others. Self-confidence is more a healthy knowledge of one's own abilities and would be considered a good thing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being socially awkward and having aspergers?

What is the difference between being socially awkward and having aspergers?

Asperger's is more: Although Asperger's involves social skills deficits (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_syndrome#Social_interaction), that is only one aspect of the disorder (which in the new DSM is now placed on a continuum called Autistic Spectrum Disorder). Another key aspect is stereotyped and restricted patterns of behavior (see Wikipedia article above). A clinical psychologist can help differentiate. ...Read more

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What is the difference between narcissism and having accurate confidence in yourself?

Healthy & unhealthy: Having the capacity to feel good about yourself for the things that you can do well is a sign of maturity and healthy development. Narcissism per se can be either unhealthy (a person who is "full of" herself) or healthy (as you suggested, a person who has appropriate confidence in herself). ...Read more

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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

Anxious: Claustrophobia is fear of closed spaced or entrapment, a specific fear. Generalized anxiety is being anxious & apprehensive with no specific identifiable fearfyl object. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being cancer-free and being in remission?

I want to know what is the difference between being cancer-free and being in remission?

Synonyms: These terms are used interchangeably when you have finished cancer treatments and have no medically detectable evidence of cancer. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

Terms: Clinical depression, or major depression, consists of at least two weeks of feeling depressed alongside 4 of the following: changes in sleep, changes in appetite, low energy, poor concentration, feelings of guilt, lack of enjoyment, suicidal thoughts, and moving slower/faster than normal. Feeling sad or down just by itself is generally normal. ...Read more

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