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Is Depression A Mental Illness Or Disorder
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more
Absolutely: It is often easy to dismiss anxiety as a trivial problem--unless you've experienced yourself. Quite famous people have been incapacitated by anxiety ranging from specific phobias to generalized fears. Howard hughes probably is the most well known example. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, it's a mood: It's a bit of a trick question. In dictionaries you can find a definition like "the state of being depressed." everyone feels depressed now and then--it's a human emotion. But, when a depressed mood lasts for 2 weeks or longer and is accompanied by a constellation of other symptoms a person can be thought of as having a depressive "disorder." this is a treatable condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, it's serious: 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
I don' think autism: but bipolar is a possibilityGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more
Sadomasochism: While dsm-iv considers sadomasochism to be a specific paraphilia that might be considered a mental disorder, there are many sexual experts who would disagree and argue that when two individuals engage in such activities in what is often referred to as a "safe, sane and consensual" manner then there is nothing necessarily wrong with it. ...Read more
No simple answer b/c: It depends on the person and the severity of the disorder. Persons with bipolar i can be psychotic as are individuals w/ schizoaffective disorder, which means a combination of schizophrenia and a mood disorder. All things being equal, the person with schizoaffective disorder with bipolar characteristics is likely to have more mental health problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Generalized anxiety disorder refers to a persistent pattern of worrying about a variety of real or imagined possible bad events that can occur to the point that it interferes with day-to-day functioning. It is quite common, often runs in families, and can be surprisingly debilitating. It also it quite responsive to various treatments, both talk therapies and medications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more
Not likely: I agree with my colleague that "disablity" depends on what the condition does in the person's life. Adjustment disorders come in response to a stressor, and usually last no longer than 6 months (unless a very chronic, ongoing stressor). With help, the person is usually able to deal with the stressor so that it no longer dominates life -- and life can move on, along with fruitful occupation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Homosexuality: Homosexuality is a common and normal part of the human experience. Homosexuality is found in all species on the planet. It is not a mental illness. I would not use the word 'feeling' to describe the real part of humans that long for love and intimacy and sex. Human sexuality bring us spirituality, health, love, intimacy and connection. It makes our lives worth living. It brings us family. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
For your own: peace and comfort level, please see a mental health professional. He/she can help you address your insecurities (some of which we all have). You may need an eating disorder specialist for your food issues. peace and good health. ...Read more
Yes.: Kleptomania is very different from a person stealing for monitary gain or stealing things that are necessary to live. In general, the items stolen are of little value either to the person or monitarily. Yet the person cannot resist the impulse to take them. ...Read more
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