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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Persistent despair: Can begin a downward spiral. As energy & motivation decrease, people often withdraw, isolate themselves & feel helpless & hopeless. They may become self-critical & self-blaming. Behaviors, thinking & emotions intensify each other. Chronic, moderate depression is dysthymia. Research & clinical experience show that cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt) is the most effective treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise: Depression can be very serious and sometimes caused by medical illness. See your family doc to get checked out. In addition to prescription medication for depression daily vigorous exercise can help as well as seeing a councilor, reading books about depression, and taking better care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cure?: There is no "cure" per se, but medications and/or therapy can lead to full remission of symptoms. Sometimes after 1-2 years medication may no longer be needed, but if recurrence of symptoms on or off medication then indefinite treatment may be needed. Staying off drugs and alcohol, regular sleep pattern, and good nutrition are also important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most people...: We are all at risk of suffering depression particularly if stress becomes chronic and unmanageable. Genetics plays a role. Early childhood loss of the mother; divorced people and those unhappily married may be at higher risk. Poverty and lower socio-economic status, adult children of alcoholics may be at higher risk. Alcoholism and substance abuse are risk factors.Women report more mde than men. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Counseling: Begin by talking it out with someone who is trained and who you feel good chemistry with. It doesn't have to be a doctor. It could be a psychologist or a clergy person or a nurse. It helps for you to believe in them and feel they are listening. Medicines are secondary. You may need them. Keep the faith. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Group of Symptoms: Clinical depression is a collection of symptoms - something we call a syndrome - that includes a persistent and pervasive period of sadness and/or a lack of joy, usually associated with feelings of excessive guilt or apathy, difficulties getting motivated, poor concentration and energy, disrupted sleep, feelings of sluggishness or restlessness, social withdrawal, and/or thoughts of death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Below: Psychotherapy, medication (if there's need), self-care routine --establishing a time to do things that you like/enjoy; relaxation, learning what triggers your symptoms; creating "crisis card" things to do when depression worsens; stress management; sleep hygiene. Psychotherapy will help guide you through the process, while medication will help in stabilizing mood. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In addition . . .: In addition to the typical treatments for depression my colleagues describe, there are questions to ask yourself. Are you listening to your own inner callings about life purpose & interactions with others? How is your sense of spiritual connection? A therapist can help you consider these & more; so can therapeutic writing. While painful, depression can also signal opportunity to transform & grow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A mental problem: Depression is generally considered a possible sign of a psychiatric illness; Sadness is a normal human emotion; Depression as an illness can be chronic (present al the time); It can also be episodic (it comes and goes); A person may have period of depression that may last several hours to several months and then disappear on its own; The period of depression is called an episode; ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Don't rely on medication only ...Read more
A LOT OF THINGS: There are multiple avenues to pursue. Speak to your doctor. Can do therapy, get exercise, eat right, good sleep hygiene. Reduce use of alcohol or drugs. Get therapy and consider antidepressants if sever enough. Start with your doctor as a resource and evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Work with a doctor: Depression is serious and requires treatment. First consult with a doctor to identify if that is the proper diagnosis for you and then begin the process of healing. Depression is highly treatable with psychotherapy and medications but does not resolve easily without treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy along with interpersonal therapies have both been shown to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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