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Discription Of Moods
Not necessarily: It depends on many things in your history and other symptoms you might be experiencing. Some illnesses do result in a person believing s/he has superhuman powers. But it's also possible to be clairvoyant, etc and have no diagnosable psychiatric illness. Considering the person's culture and how well s/he is functioning in other life areas would be important in better understanding this. ...Read more
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
Get Checked: Are those new symptoms or something you've experienced before?These sx could be a sign of many things, physical as well as psychological. I would recommend speaking to your primary care doctor to rule out anything physical going on and take things from there. Additionally, find a mental health professional who can help you with learning to cope with the sx you describe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inability to move: The key feature of catatonia, which actually occurs in more than schizophrenia, is the inability to move at times. The person can stay still in one posture for hours at a time, leading to an inability to eat or perform other activities of daily living. There are also cases of "agitated catatonia" in which the person moves around in an agitated state doing motions that are purposeless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression/dementia: The true symptoms of each should be distinguishable ie dementia with recent memory decline etc. Depression can come up with many symptoms ie fatigue, sadness, insomnia, etc. Either condition can make the other worse. Ie pseudo dementia can be clearly aggravated by depression and treatment of the depression may make the memory issue better. ...Read more
What are the different classifications of personality disorders under the heading of borderline personality disorder?
Depends : The classic symptoms go from a deep depression to high highs where the person might spend money foolishly or lavishly, not sleep, talk loud and fast , and might be anxious or paranoid. Not all people have classic symptoms so it is important for a professional to diagnose the disorder ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
AKA Antisocial: Today we use the term "antisocial" when referring to a person considered to be psychopathic. Such an indvidual has no regard for the life or well-being of others. They do not follow or conform to the usual laws or rules that govern society. From street criminals to mass-murderers to heads of large corporations to politicians to law enforcement personnel, psychopathic individuals are all around. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very complex...: But we know that mood swings beget more mood swings. That is, the more mood swings one has, the more likely it is one will get one in the future. A common model for this phenomena is the kindling model for the development of seizures. Once one has a seizure, it takes less of a stimulus to induce another one. Kindling happens because of changes in cell membrane potentials. Very complex. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychosis...: ...is a term used when people have a break from reality -- they may have delusions (beliefs that are clearly false) or hallucinations (usually auditory voices) or be very paranoid. Psychotic conditions include schizophrenia, bipolar/depression with psychosis or drug-induced psychosis. I am not sure what you mean by "...heightened states of consciousness". ...Read more
What are cloudy thoughts, depression, lack of cognitive skills, lack of emotion and severe panic symptoms of?
Are there any conditions opposite of bipolar (where mood rarely fluctuates)? If so, what are the full set of symptoms?
Flat Affect?: Flat affect: the absence or near absence of emotional response to a situation that normally elicits emotion. It is observed in schizophrenia and some depressive disorders. There can be many reasons a person does not exhibit normal mood fluctuations. Anyone exhibiting flat affect should be seen by a licensed therapist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's not: Technically, statutory blindness is a vision of 20/200 or worse with your best corrected vision. There is no limit to the strength of your corrective lenses as long as they can get your vision better than 20/200. Some states additionally define blindness as a severe restriction of the visual field, even with 20/20 vision and no glasses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rapid mood swings: Bpd is a long-term inability to manage strong emotions, coupled with lack of a stable sense of self. Sensitivity to abandonment/rejection, self-harming behavior (suicide gestures), black/white thinking ("splitting"), & fast mood swings are common. Long-term psychotherapy is often difficult but very helpful, & sometimes medications can help treat symptoms of overwhelming feelings in the meantime. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varied: Daily shifts in mood can be due to many causes some of which are - adjustment disorders, mood disorders personality disorders, neurological conditions. Mood swings by themselves are not diagnostic of any condition - for diagnosis it's bet to get evaluated by a psychiatrist and discuss all the other symptoms as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Mood Swings: Manic depression is now called bipolar disorder. It is possible to only have a manic (or mixed) episode and still fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Symptoms of mania include rapid speech, racing thoughts, insomnia, impulsive behaviors and mood elevation. There are other symptoms which are best evaluated by a psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Catatonic Depression: Catatonic depression is a serious condition that is marked by odd-looking physical components. I have seen patients who were immobile, who would not speak, who would refuse to eat or drink or be stuck in a frozen posture. Patients with Catatonic depression require immediate care. ...Read more