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How can someone be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder without having any manic/hypomanic episode ever?(just having depressive episodes)

How can someone be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder without having any manic/hypomanic episode ever?(just having depressive episodes)

Technically....: No. However some have proposed sub typing bipolar to include patients with depression and family histories of bipolar the initial episodes of bipolar disorder are often depression. 90% of patients will experience their first manic episode by age 50. ...Read more

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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 seasonal affective disorder depression?

Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Not by definition: It can lead to depression or aggravate an existing depression. They are considered to be two separate disorders but often coexist. It pays to treat sad early on so depression may be averted and if it occurs along with a depression it needs attention directly so depression treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

Depression: There are a number of different types of depression, which sad is one. The distinguishing characteristics od sad include the seasonal and cyclical pattern of the depression, accompanied by loss of energy, increased appetite, low motivation and oversleeping. Other depressions can occur at any time during the year and do not improve necessarily as seasons change. ...Read more

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Feel depressed when daylight savings time ends. Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

Feel depressed when daylight savings time ends.  Do I have seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: Sad is more prevalent in regions with colder darker wonters allowing for less interaction with other humans and the environment. You should be properly evaluated if you feel your symptoms are affecting your daily life pattern/routines. ...Read more

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Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Can you experience physical pain with seasonal affective disorder? Or is that only with actual clinical depression?

Sure you can: Physical pain experience is a pretty bad symptom to suffer and it's not necessarily part of any kind of depression diagnosis - but it can become part of any mental health problem. Our most vulnerable systems tend to play a part in the expression of these problems. If pain is your 'go to' - it will be a likely presence. Seek therapy - feel better. ...Read more

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I have MS for from 17, I am 28. I had heavy depression after solumedrol (methylprednisolone) (5g infusion), now bipolar affective disorder. Is safe gylenia+venlafaxin+thc?

I have MS for from 17, I am 28. I had heavy depression after solumedrol (methylprednisolone) (5g infusion), now bipolar affective disorder. Is safe gylenia+venlafaxin+thc?

Agree for most part.: Gilenya (fingolimod) is a highly effective MS drug, and venlafaxine should help your depression. THC may interact adversely with Gilenya (fingolimod), but we are not fully certain, and where I live, in Colorado, marijuana is fully legal and many MS pts use it to help spasticity. Would recommend you discuss further with your neurologist. Add vitamin D-3 if not already using. ...Read more

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What is a major depressive disorder?

What is a major depressive disorder?

Major Depression: is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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What exactly is a major depressive disorder ?

What exactly is a major depressive disorder ?

Low mood plus...: A constant low or sad mood (or inability to experience joy or pleasure) that last 2 weeks or more, along with several other symptoms such as poor sleep, appetite, or concentration; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; slowed thinking and movements; or suicidal feelings. Also, this is not caused by drugs, medical illness, or another psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia or bipolar. ...Read more

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What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

What is a major depressive disorder and how is it treated?

Depression: Major depressive disorder is defined by a set of certain symptoms and behaviors listed in the dsm IV manual. If these symptoms are present for a periods of time, then a person may be diagnosed with major depression. It is generally treated with counseling, medication, or a combination of both. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Can major depressive disorder be a mental illness?

Yes, in fact it is: Major depressive disorder is a mental illness according to many mental health professionals. ...Read more

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What exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

What exactly is called a major depressive disorder ?

MDE: The dsm-iv criteria for major depression can be found at the following website: http://www.Mental-health-today.Com/dep/dsm.Htm it should be noted that major depression is a medical illness that is not the same as simply feeling sad or moody. Sadness is a normal response to certain situations, such as loss of a loved one, and is not necessarily major depression. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

Major Depression: Symptoms of depression include sad mood and loss of interest in usually pleasurable things for greater than 2 weeks. Also there are changes in sleep (too much or not enough); energy (slowed down or agitated); and appetite (could have little appetite w/weight loss, or eating too much w/weight gain). Difficulty concentrating ; making decisions. Frequent thoughts of death ; suicide. It's treatable. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

How long can it take for a major depressive disorder patient to get well?

It depends: This depends on the treatment you're getting and how well you're taking care of yourself too. Taking medications consistently; staying away from toxins; participating in psychotherapy; exercising regularly; eating healthy; replenishing nutrients like b12, folate, (folic acid) and omega 3's. Feeling better can happen in weeks to months. Really getting well is a longer journey of healing your life. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder cause your whole nervous system to go haywire?

Sort of: Depression effects your perception of yourself physically and emotionally which can lead to or exacerbate physical symptoms and effect memory and other brain functions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

Intensity: Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

Length and severity: Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression (which can be a short as two weeks in length) but which lasts much longer. ...Read more

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Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?

Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?

Depression: I reccommend you get some educational dvds or download from web a short video explaining the struggles with depression, the signs, symptoms etc. ...Read more

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