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How does dysthymia differ from depression?

How does dysthymia differ from depression?

Length and Intensity: Major depression is episodic - it occurs, but gets better. Dysthymia is milder in intensity to a major depressive episode, but lasts much longer (2 years). Both have similar symptoms, but the treatments are a little different since dysthymia responds well to therapy. One can have a major depressive episode in addition to dysthymia. ...Read more

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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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How can bipolar disorder differ from depression?

How can  bipolar disorder differ from depression?

Uni- vs bi-polar sxs: A person with unipolar depression may be very low or irritable with impact on varying areas of life function. A person with bipolar depression has both periods of lows but also has periods of markedly increased energy level, irritable or euphoric mood, rapid thoughts, impulsivity & hyperproductivity. ...Read more

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How exactly is dysthymia different from major depression?

How exactly is dysthymia different from major depression?

Dysthymia: Dysthymia and major depression are related, but dysthymia lasts 2 years or more. Also the new dsm 5 calls dysthymia "persistent depressive disorder.". ...Read more

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How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

Situation: Although they can overlap, anxiety disorders are thought to arise mostly from the person's temperament, whereas adjustment disorders are, by definition, associated with some sort of outside condition that is "causing" the problem. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Bipolar Disorder has: Periods of depression but in addition there are periods of mania, hypomania or mixed states. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect people suffering from bipolar?

How does alcohol affect people suffering from bipolar?

Makes them worse: For many or even most people suffering from bipolar disorder, the combination of alcohol and their manic state is like dynamite. Alcohol almost always causes those with mania to become much worse. Also, alcohol usually does not mix well with the medications used to treat bipolar d/o. Alcohol can lead to adverse and unpredictable reactions when mixed with medications and can also neutralize them. ...Read more

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How does past drug abuse affect symptoms from Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

How does past drug abuse affect symptoms from Schizoaffective disorder and depression?

Depends on patient: Schizoaffective disorder is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal though processes and deregulated emotions. The dx is made with the pt has features of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder like bipolar or depression but does not strictly meet the diagnostic criteria for either alone. The affect of genetics, environmental factors,drugs on the neurobiology of this disorder are complex. ...Read more

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How do chronic depression and depression differ?

How do chronic depression and depression differ?

Symptom or disorder: You can be depressed over something that is happening in your life and it will last for a day or a week. That is not clinical or major depression. Chronic depression or major depression last for more than 2 weeks and generally much longer than that with only brief periods of relief. That kind of depression needs professional treatment. See your md, or a psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

Depression: There are a number of different types of depression, which sad is one. The distinguishing characteristics od sad include the seasonal and cyclical pattern of the depression, accompanied by loss of energy, increased appetite, low motivation and oversleeping. Other depressions can occur at any time during the year and do not improve necessarily as seasons change. ...Read more

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How do depression and chronic unhappiness differ?

How do depression and chronic unhappiness differ?

Depression pervades: More areas of your life then unhappiness. It is more than an emotion. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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How does narcissism relate to depression?

How does narcissism relate to depression?

A good question: Basically narcissism tends to isolate the person from others because it's all about them. It tends to wear out family and what friends they have. Isolation can lead to anger and loneliness, a sense that everyone around is against them and being unfair. It's a very short step then into depression. Hopefully someone will have the kindness and courage to encourage them to get help. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from schizophrenia?

Mood symptoms: Both disorders have prominent distortions of reality, with hallucination, delusions, and problems with thought processes. However, schizoaffective disorder also has prominent mood symptoms, depresison or mania, that occur in the same timeframe. Schizophrenia can have some associated mood disturbance, but usually not during the episode. ...Read more

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What is "malignant narcissism", and how does it differ from narcissistic personality disorder?

What is "malignant narcissism", and how does it differ from narcissistic personality disorder?

Narcissism: NPD is a disorder listed in the DSM5, while malignant narcissism is not. That being said, the terms are interchangeable, with NPD being officially delineated and recognized, while the other is not. ...Read more

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How do OCD and depression differ?

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How do OCD and depression differ?

Co-occuring: Ocd and depression frequently and in my experience almost always over lap if ocd is primary. Its hard not to be depressed if ocd is significant or both could be primary and thus both need treatment. A good assessment is useful to understand. ...Read more

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How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

It Varies: Severe psychotic depression cn potentially last for several months or even longer. Obviously, this can lead to significant and sometimes life-threatening problems. That is why this type of difficulty needs to be treated aggressively to try to help people return to a normal level of functioning. ...Read more

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What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

The term "depression: Is used for a lot of things like feeling sad or grieving. But depressive disorder is a clinical diagnosis with specific criteria. ...Read more

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How do clinical depression and local episodic depression differ?

How do clinical depression and local episodic depression differ?

I am not familiar: With term "local episodic depression". Clinical depression is not standard psychiatric terminology. There is a term called episodic mood disorder which is used to refer to bipolar spectrum disorders. The term clinical depression helps to differentiate a depressed mood from a more substantial depression. ...Read more