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Mild Forms Of Schizophrenia
No: Depression with psychotic features is a break with reality that occurs during a severe depression. Schizophrenia entails six months of symptoms that significantly impair functioning, are not due to drug use or another mental illness, including depression.Symptoms may include hallucinations, delusions (fixed beliefs that aren't true), disorganized speech and behavior, lack of drive and emotion etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Multiple impairments: Autism is a disorder that involves qualitative impairment in several different realms including things such as impaired use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye to eye gaze, , failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level, lack of social reciprocity. Also impairments in communication, restricted repetitive behaviors, etc.. Look to dsm4tr for more details. ...Read more
Mild?: Not sure what you mean by mild schizophrenia. There are certainly varying degrees of symptoms. There are negative symptoms: affective blunting; alogia (impoverished thinking); apathy; anhedonia/asociality; and disturbance of attention and positive symptoms: paranoid delusions, auditory/visual hallucinations and other perceptual disturbances. ...Read more
Yes, there are: Different forms and severity, and even cycling speed, of bipolar disorder. Some folks are more manic and some more depressed. While we are making strides w/neuroscience, we don't know the exact cause and why some folks have more pronounced symptoms than others. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absotively!: Especially in the early stages. It almost always develops slowly. But there are people who, particularly if they are highly intelligent and high achievers, can hide the symptoms, even from themselves, for a very long time. And there are some who have bipolar ii disorder who may go through life untreated and undiagnosed because of the mildness of their symptoms, especially if they avoid stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mania and depression: Mania usually includes decreased need for sleep, increased energy, increased self esteem and may include increased spending, impulsive behavior and irritability. Depression is characterized by low self esteem, low energy, low motivation, decreased interest in pleasurable activities and may include thoughts of worthlessness and even suicide as well as changes in appetite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?
PANIC DISORDERS: They are always on the look out for anything to happen.Causes of panic attack are sometimes minor for them to react. ...Read more
What symptoms are different in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder? Is one a disease of the brain, other disorder?
Both brain disease: Both of these illnesses are "brain diseases, " and both have psychotic symptoms such as delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, thought disorder, etc. Schizoaffective patients also have mood dysregulation, but pure schizophrenics don't. Treatment for schizophrenia may be antipsychotics alone; schizoaffective people also need mood stabilizing agents. They may deal with mania & depression, + psychosis. ...Read more
OCD: OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder, which is comprised of obsessions (repeating unwanted thoughts) and compulsions (ritualistic behaviors to help deal with those thoughts) such as washing hands repeatedly, constantly cleaning, checking locks, and other similar behaviors. Often the emotions behind OCD are based in fear and/or anger that is unresolved and even unverbalized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Officially? None.: It is not in the dsm. I'm glad, but some think it should be and that the symptoms are similar to adult but are marked by more rapid mood swings, hyperactivity and irritability. The highs and lows are intense and can be dangerous. These symptoms must also cause significant distress in the child, occur in more than just one setting -at school and at home- and last for at least 2 weeks. ...Read more
Depression/dementia: The true symptoms of each should be distinguishable ie dementia with recent memory decline etc. Depression can come up with many symptoms ie fatigue, sadness, insomnia, etc. Either condition can make the other worse. Ie pseudo dementia can be clearly aggravated by depression and treatment of the depression may make the memory issue better. ...Read more
ALWAYS MISERABLE: Several varieties of depression, some of genetic origin, some due to bipolar types, manic-depressive variations, situational reactions to tragedies, etc. Usually in my experience, when the depressed patient becomes restless and agitated, that seems when the risk of suicide becomes the most intense, and death does become a major threat. My psych colleagues can help immensely. ...Read more