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Can blunted affect be associated with an mood disorder?

Can blunted affect be associated with an mood disorder?

Many disorders: Less expression of emotions can happen with depression, psychosis, drug use, post traumatic stress disorder, and even eating disorders. ...Read more

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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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Can nausea be associated with depression?

Can nausea be associated with depression?

Not necessarily: Nausea is not a typical symptom of depression. Too little info. here to say more except see your pcp for an exam/evaluation to make sure nausea isn't from some other problem, eg. infection plus too many to list here. Depression may intensify nausea, but would not assume it's the reason unless you've been evaluated medically with no other explanation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Which type of unusual problems can occur with an eating disorder?

Which type of unusual problems can occur with an eating disorder?

Many Problems: When severe, eating disorders can cause a wide variety of medical problems. These occur due to lack of proper nutrition, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances. One of the most overlooked problems are cardiac problems due to electrolyte imbalance. Another is osteoporosis due to poor calcium intake. ...Read more

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Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Sxs: Racing thoughts and frequent mood swings might be seen with hypomania or mania related to bipolar disorder. It may be due to anxiety or an anxious depression. Certain drugs & medications can cause these symptoms. Mood swings are more prominent in some personality disorder. If you are experiencing these sxs - an comprehensive psychological assessment can help delineat the cause. Take care. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Depression?

What can lead to, or is associated with Depression?

The following cause or are associated with Depression:: Adenocarcinoma, Amphetamine abuse, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Endometriosis, Hereditary lysosomal storage diseases, Hyperparathyroidism, Hypogonadism, Liver failure, Nonfunctional pituitary adenoma, Parkinson's disease, Phobia, Polymyalgia rheumatica, Post traumatic stress disorder, Premenstrual syndrome, Schizophrenia, Sexual abuse, Toxic multinodular goiter, West Nile Virus, Zinc deficiency, Underactive thyroid, Achlorhydria, Bipolar disorder in adults, Bulimia, Huntington's disease, Vitamin B3 deficiency, Bipolar disorder, Eating disorders, Dissociative identity disorder, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Grief, Low testosterone, Psychosis, Trichotillomania, Borderline personality disorder, Cyclothymia, Binge eating, Delirium, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, Acute schizophrenia, Neurosyphilis. ...Read more

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Can SIRS (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) be an underlying cause of delirium or be otherwise associated with delirium?

Can SIRS (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) be an underlying cause of delirium or be otherwise associated with delirium?

Delirium: In critically ill patients, delirium is a frequent occurrence. Investigators have found that the profile of increased inflammatory biomarkers changes in critically ill patients with delirium according to the presence or absence of clinical evidence of inflammation (either infection or systemic inflammatory response syndrome). Thus, there is a reasonable associate between the two. ...Read more

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Can depression cause dementia or can dementia cause depression or can both overlap in a person.?

Symptoms overlap: Depression can be severe enough that it looks like dementia. Alternatively a significant depression can occur just before the onset of dementia or somone with dementia can have some depressed symptoms. A geriatric psychiatrist can help sort through this. ...Read more

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Can an eating disorder interfere with an operation?

Can an eating disorder interfere with an operation?

Eating do: Medical clearance is essential prior to operation, regardless of the illness. ...Read more

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Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

Can lack of oxygen at birth cause a mental illness such as borderline personality disorder?

No. Not BPD: No. There have been no study to date showing any correlation between lack of oxygen at birth and bpd. Developmental delays and some progressive developmental disorders, on the other hand, have had some data. ...Read more

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Can acutane cause problems with a persons emotional and mental state?

Can acutane cause problems with a persons emotional and mental state?

Mixed results: There's a group of vulnerable individuals who do become depressed and suicidal on accutane. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21903028 this is from psychiatric research. However, some dermatological research suggests that depressed people with acne become less depressed after successful treatment with accutane. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21815780 obsessive doubting got worse, tho'. ...Read more

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How does having other mental conditions affect the symptoms one may experience from Schizoaffective disorder?

How does having other mental conditions affect the symptoms one may experience from Schizoaffective disorder?

Which?: Schizoaffective already has a wide range of expression. Dual DXs may make things more difficult to manage - but try not to pay too much note to the names. Let your treatment team help and focus on how you handle your daily life. That's what you need to do in any case. It's not too different than having a head cold and also a lower back issue - you'd feel worse and need to be extra careful. Best! ...Read more

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Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Sure you can: Physical pain experience is a pretty bad symptom to suffer and it's not necessarily part of any kind of depression diagnosis - but it can become part of any mental health problem. Our most vulnerable systems tend to play a part in the expression of these problems. If pain is your 'go to' - it will be a likely presence. Seek therapy - feel better. ...Read more

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What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?

What are psychological or cognitive conditions that may go along with temporal lobe epilepsy? Can tle affect executive functioning, being impulsive?

Geschwind's syndrome: Classical personality interictal changes, include lack of sexual interest, hyper-religiousity or multiple conversions, excessive writing or drawing, obsessional activities, labile emotional shifts such as mania, depression, guilt, anger, hostility, emotional intensity. Even the bible describes these sorts of personalities. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?

Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?

Possibly: When prescribed improperly -- and usually this is a dosage issue, or when prescribed without attention to alternative medicines -- they can result in such symptoms. But the symptoms are not permanent, and resolve when prescribed properly or when the medicine is discontinued. ...Read more

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Can ptsd be an underlying cause of bipolar?

Can ptsd be an underlying cause of bipolar?

Contribution: We think most mental illness is caused by both biological vulnerability and environmental factors. Trauma and your reactions to it are certainly part of the picture. Both the ptsd and the mood disorder require attention and treatment. Both are targets of treatment. ...Read more

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Could bilirubin increase be related with anxiety or depression?

Could bilirubin increase be related with anxiety or depression?

Not directly, BUT: Elevated bilirubin can point to liver, biliary, or pancreatic disease. Research shows a higher incidence of depression in liver disease (hepatitis b & c, cirrhosis, etc). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21397104 also a link between pancreatic cancer and depression has been known for more than 70 years. Elevated bilirubin isn't a direct link to depression, but to other illnesses which may be. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between recurrent major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?

Can you explain the difference between recurrent  major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?

Different problems: With major depression you have serious depressive symptoms like sadness and hopelessness. It can be constant or come and go. Mood lability is when you mood fluctuates frequently, feeling okay one minute then sad or angry the next. With bipolar disorder you can have depression but you also have mania or hypomania, conditions with increased arousal. See doctor if you have either. ...Read more

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Blunted Affect (Definition)

Blunted affect = reduced emotional reactivity as shown through ...Read more