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What's the difference between dysthymia and major depressive disorder?

What's the difference between dysthymia and major depressive disorder?

Intensity and durati: Dysthymic folk have at least two years of depressed mood most of the day, more days than not and require fewer additional symptoms for diagnosis. Depression is two weeks or more of at least five major symptoms (dysthymia two) with depressed mood or loss of pleasure as one, and cause a significant change in functioning from baseline. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is there a difference between depressive mood and depressive disorder?

Is there a difference between depressive mood and depressive disorder?

Yes: A depressive mood is a term that describes how a person has been feeling. The various depressive disorders will include problems with depressive mood, but they require the presence of other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

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What's the difference between bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar is manic depression. Borderline is personality disorder. Both can have mood shifts, depression phases, rage episodes & self-harm, but borderline features are more pervasive, persistent, rapid cycling and resistant. ...Read more

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What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

Mania: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

Is there a difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

One pole: Bipolar disorder refers to an illness with both depressions and manias which occur over time, so bipolar depression refers to one pole of bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schizo-affective disorder and schizotypal personality disorder?

What's the difference between schizo-affective disorder and schizotypal personality disorder?

Big - some overlap: Schizoaffective disorder is a severe disorder involving recurring episodes of psychosis and mood problems. This can include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking along with mood symptoms including depression, mania, or mixed. Schizotypal personality is less about episodes and more about a life-long maladaptive pattern, involving social isolation and a tendency to have magical thinking. ...Read more

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Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

These are different: Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

Possibly: I am not sure how you are using the term "depressive mood disorders." depression (major depression) is one of the depressive disorders, but there are other types. So, my answer largely depends on how you are using your terms. In general, there is not a big difference between the two terms. ...Read more

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What's the difference between schitzophrenia, bipolar disorder, and multiple personality disorder?

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Schiz./Bipolar/Per.: Schizophrenia is a thought disorder, bipolar is a mood disorder, mpd is a personality do or a dissociative disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type?

Differentiation: In schizoaffective disorder, the person suffers ongoing psychotic symptoms such as paranoia or delusions whether or not a mood problem is present. However, they can certainly be sick with depression or mania too. In bipolar disorder, mood instability is the main problem. There are no psychotic symptoms unless in an active episode of depression or mania. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

Intensity: Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

It's the old name: By definition and according to what is called the diagnostic manual, a person may fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder and never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why "manic-depression, " is the old name and is confusing. A person may have only ever had a manic episode (or a mixed episode), but still be considered as having bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar d/o do have depression. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Can be confusing: The difficulty is that people with bipolar can have a few of the same symptoms as people with borderline personality (bpd). Also, the names are similar and someone can have both disorders! one sign of bipolar (vs. Bpd) is a positive response to mood stabilizing medication without a pathological fear of abandonment and chronically chaotic relationship patterns. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Very different: Borderline pd is a personality disorder -- meaning there are fixed behavior patterns that don't change with circumstances, causing significant problems in relationships, work, and school, etc. Bipolar d/o is a mood disorder, and the person could behave normally when not in an episode. Borderline pd may have rapid mood shifts and extreme rage, usually in relation to abandonment issues. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depressive personality disorder and simple depression?

What is the difference between depressive personality disorder and simple depression?

No such thing: There is no such thing as "depressive personality disorder." depression is a mood disorder which involves sad mood, loss of interest in usual activities, difficulty concentrating ; making decisions, and changes in sleep (too little or too much), appetite (too little or too much) and energy (lethargy or agitation). There can be feelings of worthlessness, unreasonable guilt, and suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Different Focus: Bipolar disoder and bpd share some common characteristics, primarily problems with unpredictable mood swings. However, bpd is primarily a problem in terms of how a person views relationships and his/her own place in the world. Bipolar disorder is primarily a problem with the mood. This can cause relationship problems, but the focus in on the mood related problems. ...Read more

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Dysthymic Disorder (Definition)

Dysthymia is now known as persistent depressive disorder, and it's just that, a mild, low grade depression underlying your everyday life over the course of ...Read more


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Major Depression (Definition)

A severe form of depression, also known as major depression ...Read more