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Isn't anxiety the same as depression? Whar's the difference?

Isn't anxiety the same as depression? Whar's the difference?

Different: But they are the same in that they are different emotional states. Anxiety involves a lot of worrying about the future, and physical sensations like tension depression involves a low mood, shutting down of feelings. One can often alternate between these two emotional states as well. It's most important to recognize when these states are impacting you and to seek professional support. ...Read more

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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Is clincical depression the same as chronic depression?

Is clincical depression the same as chronic depression?

MEANINGS OF WORDS: "clinical" means that there recognizable symptoms of depression. "chronic" means that the depression has been continuous for a long time. ...Read more

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Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Similar medications : Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

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Is a clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same thing?

Is a clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same thing?

Depression: Melancholia is from word meaning dark bile. It shows in depressed, blunted or flat affect. Clinical depression is depression with vegetative signs & symptoms. Both these terms can be used interchangeably to describe the currently used term. ...Read more

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Can lovesickness be considered the same as social rejection sensitivity of atypical depression (eg lovesickness is atypical depression)?

Can lovesickness be considered the same as social rejection sensitivity of atypical depression (eg lovesickness is atypical depression)?

Lovesickness: could reflect low self-esteem, high anxiety, depression, personality style, etc. Sounds like you may want some help. You can read self-help books or consider seeing a therapist to better understand this self-defeating behavior and make changes. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is clonidine in the same family as klonopine?

Is clonidine in the same family as klonopine?

No: Clonidine is an alpha-2 receptor agonist (stimulator) which means that it ends up opposing norepinephrine, which is why it lowers blood pressure (among other things). Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine - same class as valium, ativan, xanax, (alprazolam) etc. ...Read more

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What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

Similar: Psychology is the study of behavior. Clinical psychology is the diagnosis and treatment or mental disorders. Psychiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. These two disciplines have different training and have different focus for treatment. ...Read more

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Is clonopin the same as clonazepam?

Is clonopin the same as clonazepam?

YES!!: Klonopin (clonazepam) is the brand name for Clonazepam and it is a benzodiazepine. In other words a sedative / hypnotic medication used for anxiety and muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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What is the best medication and dosage for alleviating anxiety (general and social anxiety) and OCD at the same time?

Prozac or paxil (paroxetine): Start with prozac. It is known to be beneficial for the individuals suffering from ocd. Most probably that general anxiety is part of ocd. If Prozac is not effective wellbutrin (bupropion) may be tried for ocd. Paxil is known to reduce social anxiety. In ocd and social anxiety, you will get better results when the medicine is combined with cognitive behavior therapy. ...Read more

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Is schizoactive disorder the same as schizophrenia?

Is schizoactive disorder the same as schizophrenia?

Not exactly: However, it may be really difficult to tell the difference. Cognition elements like perceptual disturbances (i.e. Hallucinations) and/or disordered thought processes, including delusions and disorganized speech and thinking are primary in both. Frequent episodes of significant mood disorder (high and/or low) as also present in schizoaffective disorder. In simple schizophrenia mood is often flat. ...Read more

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What is the right dose of gabapentin thats used for major depression or anxiety, thanks?

What is the right dose of gabapentin thats used for major depression or anxiety, 
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None : This medication is not for major depression or anxietty last time i read fda regs. I have little success with this medication for depression or anxiety and do not consider it as a first line choice. (some doctors consider it in light of neuropathies or mood swings- not me). ...Read more

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Which is the best antidepressant for severe depression?

Which is the best antidepressant for severe depression?

There is no one best: Antidepressant. Cymbalta (duloxetine) is great if your have pain too. Wellbutrin is superb for atypical depression. The ssri 's are good for anxiety and classical depression. Etc. Medications can be chosen for their side effect profiles as well as their niche benefits. ...Read more

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How sedatiing is the effect of the medication for bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

How sedatiing is the effect of the medication for bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Variable: Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep. Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax). ...Read more

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Which is the preferred antidepressant for panic disorder?

SSRI's: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors have been used often for panic. Your prescribing provider can help to determine the optimum antidepressant for you. ...Read more

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Is there a med that treats both anxiety and depression?

Is there a med that treats both anxiety and depression?

Yes: Many medications in the antidepressant class treat both anxiety & depression. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are often a good go -to. Examples include: prozac, zoloft, celexa, lexapro, paxil, (paroxetine) etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both ADHD and bipolar disorder at the same time?

Is it possible to have both ADHD and bipolar disorder at the same time?

Maybe.: I would recommend you seeking treatment for bipolar disorder first to see if adhd-like symptoms subside. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more