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Doctor insights on: Mood Disorders In Adults

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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In people with chronic conditions, are mood disorders more common in men or women?

In people with chronic conditions, are mood disorders more common in men or women?

Women > Men: Many studies have shown that women are more prone to mood disorders than men. The ratio is usually reported as 2:1 f:m. Some believe the incidence of mood disorders is grossly under reported for men because men are less likely to acknowledge a disturbance in mood and are less likely to seek treatment. The majority of the statistics regarding mood disorders are gathered from those who seek help. ...Read more

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Depression in children common?

Depression in children common?

No But Not Rare: Depression in childhood, at least of a severity that requires treatment, is not common (maybe 3-5% of the population). At the same time, this becomes a pretty large numbr when you start looking at groups of children. Also, depression is much more common among certain groups of kids - those with chronic medical illness, or children who have been abused. ...Read more

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Is homicidal ideation more common in kids with conduct disorder?

Is homicidal ideation more common in kids with conduct disorder?

Yes: Since youth with conduct disorder frequently have difficulty modulating aggressive feelings, homicidal ideation can certainly be more common with these individuals. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more

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Are certain personality characteristics more common in individuals with eating disorders?

Are certain personality characteristics more common in individuals with eating disorders?

Somewhat: Anorexia folks restrict food, are socially inept, have separation anxiety and a distorted body image body, they are often rigid, obsessive compulsive and depressed in their personality style. If anorectics binge & purge, they share characteristics with bulimic people - impulse control, substance abuse, personality disorders (like borderline personality). Suicide's more common in bingers & purgers. ...Read more

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How can bipolar disorder be different in teens/children and adults?

How can bipolar disorder be different in teens/children and adults?

Complicated answer: Most commonly, symptoms don't manifest until late teens or early twenties. Children who are diagnosed as bipolar can be very energetic, have less need for sleep, temper tantrums and aggression are out of range for the precipitant. They can also be grandiose and inappropriately sexual for their age. Often the first episode in a child is depression. Caution i f there is a family hx of bp. ...Read more

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Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Does kleptomania occur more in children or in adults?

Adults: It is more common for children to take things, but the full blown diagnosis of kleptomania is more common in adults. ...Read more

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Is depression common in children and teens?

Is depression common in children and teens?

Yes: http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/health4.asp http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/statistics/1mdd_child.Shtml. Sx might differ in children and adolescents. In younger children depression might manifest as somatic complaints (headaches, tummy aches, school- and separation anxiety). In adolesecents, it's more complicated, given their developmental stages (more behavioral acting out, irritability). ...Read more

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Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

Are auditory distractibility and ADHD common in adults?

In some ways.: Add was thought to be a disorder of children and adolescents. Now we realize it doesn't magically disappear when you turn 18. So there may be many untreated adults out there with add that they have had for years. ...Read more

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Which is the most severe: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorder?

Which is the most severe: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorder?

Yes: That is like asking which flavor is better chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. There are degrees of severity for each of the conditions you mention. All of them can be debilitating. Likewise all of them can be successfully treated. ...Read more

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Do symptoms of bipolar disorder commonly show during childhood?

Yes, but different: Children don't usually get the same cycle symptoms that adults get. For instance, manic episodes in childhood are not always the sleepless, risk taking, grandiose life of the adult person in a manic phase. They are usually irritable and aggressive instead. Also, moods can cycle very rapidly from one end to another, even within minutes. To complicate things further, adolescents are all of the above. ...Read more

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What two pervasive developmental disorders occur most commonly in males?

What two pervasive developmental disorders occur most commonly in males?

All but Rett's Dis: All pdd's occur about 4 times more commonly in boys than in girls. Rett's disorder occurs almost exclusively in girls. Autism, pdd-nos, and asperger's syndrome are all now categorized as one; autism spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder in children possible? Most of what I've read says bipolar disorder develops in adults.

Is bipolar disorder in children possible? Most of what I've read says bipolar disorder develops in adults.

Bipolar disorder in children is possible: It's most often diagnosed in older children and teenagers, but bipolar disorder can occur in children of any age. As in adults, bipolar disorder in children can cause mood swings from the highs of hyperactivity or euphoria (mania) to the lows of serious depression. Emotional upheaval and unruly behaviors are a normal part of childhood and the teen years, and in most cases they aren't a sign of a mental health problem that requires treatment. All kids have rough periods — it's normal to feel down, irritable, angry, hyperactive or rebellious at times. However, if your child's symptoms are severe, ongoing or causing significant problems, it may be more than just a phase. Here are some signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children: Severe mood swings that are different from their usual mood swings, Hyperactive, impulsive, aggressive or socially inappropriate behavior, Risky and reckless behaviors that are out of character, such as having frequent casual sex with many different partners (sexual promiscuity), alcohol or drug abuse, or wild spending sprees, Insomnia or significantly decreased need for sleep, Depressed or irritable mood most of the day, nearly every day during a depressive episode, Grandiose and inflated view of own capabilities, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors in older children and teens. Children with bipolar disorder experience symptoms in distinct episodes. Between these episodes, children return to their usual behavior and mood. Keep in mind, a number of other childhood disorders cause bipolar-like symptoms, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorders and major depression. Diagnosis can be challenging because these and other mental health conditions often occur along with bipolar disorder. If your child has serious mood swings, depression or behavior problems, consult a mental health provider who specializes in working with children and teens. Mood and behavior issues caused by bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions can lead to major difficulties. Early treatment can help prevent serious consequences and decrease the impact of mental health problems on your child as he or she gets older. . ...Read more

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Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

Do children with autism disorder also often have problems with conduct disorder?

No/yes: Autistic kids have major behavioral problems. But this is very different from conduct disorder. Autistic kids react according to their perception of the environment. They don't comprehend what others do. That isn't a conduct problem it's a comprehension problem. Treaments are available to help these symptoms. ...Read more

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How common are eating disorders in children?

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Eating disorders : Quite common but under-reported. More so in kids with history of family discord or abuse history. ...Read more

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What kind of struggles in life has adolescents and young adults with severe cases of panic disorder?

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

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Can cerefolin nac cause more confusion in older adults with dementia disorders ?

Can cerefolin nac cause more confusion in older adults with dementia  disorders  ?

Unlikely: Cerefolin is more like a vitamin so it is unlikely to cause confusion. When one has dementia, confusion can come and go. That being said, if there is an increase in confusion shortly after taking it and this doesn't happen at other times and continues to happen with use perhaps there is something specific about the person and the formulation that doesn't agree. ...Read more

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Is it common to experience hypersexuality in mood disorders?

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Is it common to experience hypersexuality in mood disorders?

Mood do: Bipolar disorders in manic or hypomanic phases can present with hypersexuality. ...Read more

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Mood Disorders (Definition)

Disturbance in moods affecting daily functioning or causing significant distress. Can be bipolar do, major depression, dysthymia, cyclothymia, ...Read more