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Can Blunted Affect Be Associated With An Mood Disorder
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
Can a person have bipolar disorder along with autoimmune hypothyroidism? Symptoms of both can be distinguished?
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
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
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
Do the hormone changes associated with menstrual cycles affect people with mood disorders more severely?
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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