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Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

No: Manic depression is a serious mental disorder which leads to more than mood swings. 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, high risk ...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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Mood swings. Depressed, hyperactive. Cloudy, busy, vivid thoughts & daydreams/dreams. Mild blackouts/forgetfulness. Angry outbursts. & more. Help?!

See below: Are these new or old symptoms? Are you or have you started any new medication? Tried any new drugs? All these things potentially might have an effect on you. It's always a good idea to rule out anything medical going on. You might want to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor for a complete work up and then take things from there. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does social anxiety cause mood swings?

Does social anxiety cause mood swings?

Anything distressing: Can contribute to feeling depressed, especially if you can't find a way to relieve the distress. Learn to manage the anxiety with relaxation training and cognitive therapy by talking to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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What's manic depression?

What's manic depression?

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 more

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I am experiencing emotional problems (quality: feelings of unreality, detachment) , mood swings, hallucinations, impulsive or reckless behavior, t...

I am experiencing  emotional problems (quality: feelings of unreality, detachment) , mood swings, hallucinations, impulsive or reckless behavior, t...

See your doctor: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. If you feel like harming yourself, go to the emergency room right now! The very best of wishes. ...Read more

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Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

In addition to the: medical advice already given,please see a mental health professional for evaluation for possible Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,especially if you are trying to ward off impending danger that you may not even be able to identify. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do bipolar mood swings have variations in each extreme mood?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you are asking, but there are certainly variations in degree of symptoms between individuals and between episodes of the same individual. One thing we do know is that the more episodes you have, the more frequent they occur and the more severe they become. The more stable the mood over time, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxious Depression?: Or maybe a bipolar type of anxious depression? Is this a new problem? Is there loss of energy, drive and motivation? Are the mood swings random or are they caused by stress you can identify? Severe anxiety alone can cause most of those symptoms. Concentration is generally not good in anxiety and depression. Talk to your physician or see a counselor for an evaluation. They can help you solve it. ...Read more

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Mood swings, violent thoughts toward myself/others, easily irritated/agitated, restless/exhausted, racing thoughts, can't focus, depressed. Help?

Clearly: This is not something that can be handled online. Your medications are not helping enough, and you need to see a psychiatrist asap for complete evaluation and treatment. If currently having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of violence towards others, please go to an emergency room for evaluation. Please get a friend or family member to drive you, or call 911. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger, panic attacks, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

See a psychiatrist: These may be symptoms of major depressive disorder or other psychiatric disorders. It is important to seek help from a psychiatrist or get a referral from your primary care doctor. Suicidal thoughts should be evaluated immediately. Call your doctor or go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Experiencing uncontrollable anger, mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Experiencing uncontrollable anger,  mood-swings, loss of interest in life, suicidal thoughts?

Seek help ASAP: It sounds that you need help asap. Find a professional -- psychologist and psychiatrist to help you manage your symptoms. If you feel that it's difficult to control your suicidal thoughts, or any of your symptoms are unmanageable, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room, where staff will assess you and find you appropriate referrals. ...Read more

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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Whats psychotic depression?

Whats psychotic depression?

Psychotic: Depression is any depressive episode that includes psychotic symptoms like hearing voices, seeing visions or feeling paranoid. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

Bipolar: Not just mood swings. It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care. ...Read more

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Tiredness headaches mood swings dizziness depression anxiety and inattention. What causes all my symptoms?

Tiredness headaches mood swings dizziness depression anxiety and inattention. What causes all my symptoms?

See below...: All the symptoms u describe are not uncommon with depressive disorders...Although more details are needed, to know for sure... I hope u are in psychotherapy working on the underlying emotional issues. I have seen many a client have their physical symptoms disappear as their depression lifted... Of course, a general physical work up with ur md is a good idea as well... Wishing you well! ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause manic depression?

Maybe: Prozac (fluoxetine) is an antidepressant. Many antidepresants including Prozac (fluoxetine) can cause patients who have bipolar disorder or who are prone to symptoms of bipolar, to develop bipolar symptoms. The best way to avoid this is to work with a psychiatrist who can provide meds for both the depressive and the manic symptoms of bipolar moods. ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

Dr. Howard Schneider
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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more