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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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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 does alcoholism relate to depression?

How does alcoholism relate to depression?

Often are linked: Alcohol is a depressant both acutely and chronically. That is true both biologically and emotionally. The results of alcolism are well known, but that doesn't make it any easier to see when it is a significant problem in one's life or to get the courage and insight to seek help for it. The longer one ignores the issue and the deeper into the one gets the harder it is to reclaim your life again. ...Read more

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How could psychotic depression relate to others?

How could psychotic depression relate to others?

Need clarification: I am not sure if you are asking how someone with psychotic depression will relate to others or how someone should interact with someone with psychotic depression. Psychotic depression is very serious and people with this often have difficulty interacting with others at all. I would recommend someone suffering with this get into psychotherapy as soon as possible in order to get some relief. ...Read more

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How does brain inflammation relate to depression?

How does brain inflammation relate to depression?

Some recent thinking: suggests that brain inflammation might be the hidden culprit behind a lot of brain problems, including depression. How this works is not clear, but the corollary to this is that SSRI's actually work to relieve depression by reducing inflammation in the brain, again, this is not clearly understood, if true. ...Read more

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What is the kindling effect and how does it relate to bipolar disorder?

What is the kindling effect and how does it relate to bipolar disorder?

Good question: Kindling is the phenomenon noted in 1960s where a small stimulus to the brain repeated over time produced a grand mal seizure. Continued stimulus resulted in spontaneous seizures. In bipolar disorder, the thinking is that the illness gets worse and harder to treat with each episode. Initial episodes might be triggered by stress, over time cycles are more freq and spontaneous. So treat early. ...Read more

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How is psychosis related to depression?

How is psychosis related to depression?

Both brain disorders: They are two distinct mental / biochemical / neurotransmitter disorders. If depression become severe enough, psychosis can develop. The reverse is less common. Remember, i'm an internist, not a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How does intelligence relate to being a genius?

How does intelligence relate to being a genius?

Highest level: A person who is a genius has a level of intelligence in the very top range. The statistical normal curve goes from the bottom to the top range of intelligence. A person who is considered a genius will fall into the very top range of the normal curve. ...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 mild depression, severe depression and being bi-polar relate to memory?

How do mild depression, severe depression and being bi-polar relate to memory?

Well: In depression, in most circumstances, brain activity moves to the "fight or flight " area of the brain called the amygdala. It takes away neuroplasticity (the brain cell activity that makes memory) away from the frontal cortex. Its in the brain cells poor ability to "wire and fire" that mem. Decr., then u r thinking about why u can't remeber, get self absorbed, mem. Worsens.Severty of dz.Related. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more

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How does cfs relate to pregnancy?

How does cfs relate to pregnancy?

CFS: Chr. Fatigue S: Chronic fatigue syndrome is poorly understood. Many things have been blamed to cause it i.e. Epstein barr virus, cyromegalovirus, toxoplasmosis. Most of the time we don't find a cause. During pregnancy many hormones are produced by the placenta and there is some biochemical interaction between fetus and mother. In general pregnancy causes fatigue especially at the end. Pregnancy triggers cfs? ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between depression and/or self pity or sadness?

How do I know the difference between depression and/or self pity or sadness?

Sadness is: usually shorter lived reaction 2 specific circumstances than depression. Self- pity also usually is not constant. Depression leads 2 the sadness & self pity 2B constant unending. There R degrees of depression which are milder, but the feelings just don't lift. Often it is combined with insomnia, withdrawal from social activities, avoidance of friends, weight gain/loss, & crying 4 apparent reason ...Read more

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How to know what is avoidant personality disorder?

How to know what is avoidant personality disorder?

Anxious Socially: Apd is a persistent pattern of acute discomfort in social interaction that generalizes to most social situations. Research suggests that individuals with apd have more of a general embarrassment response in social situations as opposed to more fear during social situations with with specific social phobia (like speaking). However, apd and generalized social phobia are usually diagnosed together. ...Read more

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How does comorbidity relate to treatment?

See below: Comorbidity relates to other coexisting diseases. There is no specific answer to your question except to say that it may or may not make treatment more difficult. ...Read more

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How to know what is antisocial personality disorder?

Irritability : The hallmark of all personality disorders is inflexibility. With that in mind the essential feature of antisocial personality disorder is a pattern of irresponsible and antisocial behavior beginning in childhood or early adolescence and continuing into aduthood. People with this disorder tend to be irritable and aggressive and to get repeadtedly into physical fights and assaults. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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How to explain bipolar disorder to friends without scaring them?

How to explain bipolar disorder to friends without scaring them?

Mood Disorder: Tell them you take medication to keep you moods even and that it works well. If you are one of the rarer people who needs frequent hospitalizations and have serious psychotic symptoms, you shoud have someone who can help take you to the hospital when it is necessary. ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder cause people to get horney?

Does bipolar disorder cause people to get horney?

During manic episode: Bipolar disorder may correlate with increased sexual impulsivity and activity during a manic episode and may also be related to decrease sexual desire during depressive episodes. Increased desire may be an asset with safe sex practices. ...Read more

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How does manic depression affect one's brain and emotions?

How does manic depression affect one's brain and emotions?

Dramatically: Manic depression, aka bipolar disorder, is, a major mood disorder that has profound and variable effects on emotions which may range from elation to range to profound depression. The neurotransmitter systems are altered in many areas throughout the brain. Although most abnormalities are subtle and not structural there is some evidence for subtle structural brain abnormalities as well. ...Read more

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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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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Teen depression: Is harder to diagnose than depression in adults. All teens have some moodiness and rapid mood swings which can be similar to depression. If you are concerned about a teenager you know consider speaking with a psychologist about your concerns and possibly set up an evaluation for the teen. If a teen is extremely isolated and lacking interest in life ( possibly suicidal) get help asap. ...Read more

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What can I do for depression?

What can I do for depression?

Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read more

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How do I treat my depression?

How do I treat my depression?

I wrote an ebook: on How To Diagnose and Treat Mood Disorders, but can't find where to send it to you via HealthTap. Hmmmmmm....Perhaps in the section on consultations I can do this....
Summarizing depression treatments in less than 200 words (remaining) is impossible. Consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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How can I help my depression ?

How can I help my depression ?

Treatment Works!!: You should be evaluated by a psychiatrist who will work with you to determine the nature of your depression. The treatment may be some kind of talking therapy and /or medication. Treatment does work and you shouldn't have to suffer with this symptom ...Read more

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How can I remove my depression?

How can I remove my depression?

Feeling Good: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. The very best to you. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

How do I know if I have depression?

Common: Symptoms of depression are sadness, fatigue, low drive, isolation, avoidance of others, poor appetite, poor sleep, irritability etc. If you have any or most of these symptoms see a doctor for a full diagnosis and begin some treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is depression a ‘natural’ condition?

Is depression a ‘natural’ condition?

Can be: When we suffer a loss or face stress we may feel depressed but the type of depression that is considered an illness is one that it is more disruptive long lasting and disabling. The 1st type is a natural reaction to something, whereas the latter is a medical disorder needing treatment. ...Read more

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What causes depression in young people?

What causes depression in young people?

Sadness/depression: Just as with adults, the cause of depression is not fully understood in adolescents. There are biochemical theories hypothesizing about seretonin, norepinephrine and Dopamine and psychosocial theories that environmental facotors cause depression. Some suggest that diet and sedentary lifestyle are causes of adolescent depression. Hereditaey or genetic causes also continue to examined. ...Read more

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Have really bad depression, please help?

Have really bad depression, please help?

Please seek medical: evaluation and treatment. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat depression?

What is the best way to treat depression?

No single best way: Depression is a real disease that can and should be treated through a multi-faceted approach, taking into account what works best for the individual patient. The many treatment options include counseling and therapy, medications, exercise, seeking new hobbies or activities, meditation, spiritual counseling, and many others. Seek professional assistance to discuss these, and other, options. ...Read more

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Help please! is depression really ever cured?

Help please! is depression really ever cured?

Cured is a term...: Cured is a seldom used term. Most people recover and live comfortable lives even with major depression that is recurrent. However, cures are not available. Management of symptoms, learning techniques, and working at living a fuller life will help. ...Read more

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Please explain why people really have depression ?

Please explain why people really have depression ?

Causes: There are multiple causes of depression including differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes (i.e. Menopause, low thyroid), substance abuse and illnesses. High levels of stress, such as a divorce or history of abuse, can trigger depression. In some cases it can also be situational. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Lack of interest in life, fatigue, crying, are signs. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of the medical model for depression?

What are the disadvantages of the medical model for depression?

There are Many: While the medical model for depression, which places a strong emphasis on biochemistry, is necessary, it has drawbacks. It causes some people to feel helpless in doing anything to help their symptoms, despite the benefits of some lifestyle changes. It also locates the cause of the depression as inside the person, when sometimes powerful external forces ('isms) set the stage for it to manifest. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some biological leads to of depression?

Biological causes: Biological causes of depression include differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes and illnesses (i.e. Hypothyroidism) which adversely affect the level of one's hormones or brain chemistry. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Multiple causes: Refers to a mood condition typified by the presence of a combination of symptoms including loss of interest, sad mood, appetite& weight changes, low energy, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, guilt or shame with or without feelings of hopelessness and despair. In severe cases suicidal thoughts and/or psychosis may also be present. Most commonly used to describe mdd & bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

It is treatable: The condition involves depressed or sad mood, changes in eating habits, lack of interest, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and changes in sleep patterns. Sufferers may experience one or many of these symptoms. Most severely, depression may lead to feelings of hopelessness and a desire to harm oneself or others. Fortunately, the condition is treatable. ...Read more

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Narcissism (Definition)

A pervasive sense of grandiosity in fantasy or behavior, lack of empathy, need for admiration, fantasies o unlimited success, sense of entitlement, envious of others, often arrogant, exploitive of others as well as other characteristics. Person would definitely benefit by therapy but often by nature of the condition the person doesn't believe that there is ...Read more