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Is psychotic depression lifelong?

Is psychotic depression lifelong?

See below: You're always at risk for re-occurrence of symptoms. If managed well with medication and psychotherapy, you definitely might return to a previous level of functioning. Stay medication compliant; while in remission, you should work on sx awareness and crisis management as well as figuring out what precipitated your sx in a first place. Good luck! ...Read more

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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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Is psychotic depression a lifelong affliction?

Is psychotic depression a lifelong affliction?

Not normally: Psychosis is usually only seen with severe depression. The psychotic symptoms and the depression can be treated. Although some people do have chronic depression, the psychosis can be resolved. That person may have full or partial resolution of depressive symptoms. Life long medications are indicated for some patients. ...Read more

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Is bipolar a life long disorder?

Is bipolar a  life long disorder?

Bipolar: Typically yes, and both the doctor and the patient need to adapt an attitude of being students of that particular patient's bipolar symptoms, as there is no mastery of them, and that bipolar cannot be cured, only closely monitored and managed. ...Read more

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Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read more

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How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

See below: As was said before, medication to stabilize mood and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy will help with sx awareness, work on treatment adherence, establishing daily routine, and self-care. Psychotherapy also will help with creating a "crisis card" things to do/people to contact when sx return. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia a lifelong illness?

Is fibromyalgia a lifelong illness?

No, it is usually tr: It is usually treatable. Find a knowledgeable physiciane. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recognize bipolar versus borderline personality disorder?

Is it possible to recognize bipolar versus borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings from deep depression to the stratosphere of mania. ...Read more

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Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Not typically: Unipolar depression typically is talking about a major depressive disorder. Someone with bipolar disorder suffers from major depressive disorder and manic episodes. ...Read more

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Is bipolar genetic?

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Is bipolar genetic?

Genetics of Bipolar: Although results inconsistent, many earlier studies suggest chromosomal aberrations (specifically chromosome 6q & 8q21). Most studies suggested heterogeneity (several genes involved, specifically those for serotonin, Dopamine & glutamate. Also, there is strong correlation with advanced paternal age, suggesting genetic mutations. ...Read more

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How is multiple-personality disorder managed?

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How is multiple-personality disorder managed?

MPD: With psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive reality-based approach, hypnotherapy, and medications for symptomatic tx if mood changes or psychotic or anxious. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder usually misdiagnosed?

Is bipolar disorder usually misdiagnosed?

Yes and no: Bipolar d/o is a longitudinal disorder. Someone with depression may not have had recognizable manic episodes. Manic episodes associated with psychosis may not be recognized as mania. Rarely would someone be misdiagnosed with bipolar d/o unless psychotic symptoms persist in the absence of significant mood related symptoms which would likely be schizophrenia. Substance abuse may cloud the picture. ...Read more

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Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness and is there medication for it?

Ill Personality: Antisocial personality disorder is a mental illness and, while it is difficult to treat, it is treated primarily with psychotherapy and, sometimes, with added medications. Unfortunately, people with this disorder may not want treatment or think they need it. Often individuals with antisocial personality disorder are arrested because they have little or no regard for right and wrong. ...Read more

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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

Personality Disorder: This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders. They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more

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Is ptsd just a less severe form for borderline personality disorder?

Is ptsd just a less severe form for borderline personality disorder?

No : U ask an interesting question because pts with bpd often have a history of childhood trauma. ...Read more

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Is hemophilia lifelong? 

Is hemophilia lifelong? 

Yes: About 17, 000 people in the United States have hemophilia. The blood of a person who has hemophilia, a rare, inherited bleeding disease, lacks a protein important to proper clotting. Because it is inherteted at birth it is lifelong. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder inherent in families?

Is bipolar disorder inherent in families?

Usually: Bipolar disorder is often inherited, though the rates from parent to child are around 10%. If one of your parents has bipolar disorder, its a good idea to be aware of the symptoms and see a professional if they develop so one can learn how to cope and likely get on a mood stabilizer. ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more