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Doctor insights on: Negative Symptoms Vs Depression

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How are depression and negative symptoms different?

How are depression and negative symptoms different?

- sxs vs depression.: Negative symptoms occur with schizoprhenia and include social isolation, flattened affect, impaired ability to take care of one's self, etc. Depression is a mood disorder characterized by unhappy mood with impact on things such as sleep, appetite, mood, motivation levels. ...Read more

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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How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

A lot of overlap: The two phenomenon can be difficult to distinguish. The presence of sadness and or hopeless would be consistent with depression. ...Read more

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Does a sevefere stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms caused a positive HIV ?

Does a sevefere stress, depression, and anxiety  symptoms caused a positive HIV ?

No: Hiv is acquired by high risk behaviors such as unprotected sex and sharing needles. ...Read more

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Which antischizophrenic drug least exacerbates "negative symptoms"?

Which antischizophrenic drug least exacerbates "negative symptoms"?

Work w/ Dr!!!: There's no better advice than to work w/ your Dr to finf the best Tx. It might be a mono or combo and I think therapy is an important piece too. The newer atypical antipsychotics are likely to be worthwhile. They include aripiprazole (Abilify), risperidone (Risperdal), clozapine (Clozaril), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and ziprasidone (Geodon). ...Read more

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Are negative symptoms of psychosis related to low dopamine levels?

Are negative symptoms of psychosis related to low dopamine levels?

Negative symptoms: Negative symptoms of schizophrenia or other psychotic disease are social withdrawal, lack of motivation, anhedonia, flat affect, cognitive failing. The most likely explanation is that there is some structural damage to the prefrontal cortex, affected glutamate pathways, and/or serotonin deficiencies. There is still need for research in that area. ...Read more

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Always thinking of possible diseases and symptoms! is it depression, anxiety or paranoia? Symptoms may be psychological?

Always thinking of possible diseases and symptoms! is it depression, anxiety or paranoia? Symptoms may be psychological?

Worried or ill??: Are you ill or worried you will become ill? See your physician for a check-up. If he/she says you are physically well, he/she can refer you to a psychiatrist to see if you have anxiety and what the treatment might be. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms or shorter life?

Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms or shorter life?

Dealing with memory: This is a difficult decision for many an all involved, whether it be you or a loved one.It is a personal decision but it is a decision you need to make while you can...A living will and good clear instructions to family are very important.There is no right or wrong...There just is.Do what is best for you.Decisions we make at the end are no different than the decisions and choices we made all along. ...Read more

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Could negative symptoms of psychosis be related to low dopamine levels?

Could negative symptoms of psychosis be related to low dopamine levels?

Dopamine: It is hypothesized that deficient transmission of dopamine at D1 receptors in the Prefrontal cortex of the brain may be a cause for negative Schizophrenia symptoms. ...Read more

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Need of social withdrawal while treating depression symptoms?

Need of social withdrawal while treating depression symptoms?

Not sure I : Understand your question. Social withdrawal is not necessary for depression treatment and may make recovery harder as you are not making use of the supportive people in your life. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, what to do?

Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms of schizophrenia, what to do?

Work w/psychiatrist: You need to work with your psychiatrist on this one. Sometimes these symptoms are more difficult to manage than more blatant ones like hallucinations and delusions, but options are available. If the problem is related to depressive symptoms, some medication changes or additions may help. Please tell your psychiatrist about this, and allow him/her to help you. ...Read more

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How can therapists differentiate between schizoid personality disorder and the negative symptoms of psychosis?

How can therapists differentiate between schizoid personality disorder and the negative symptoms of psychosis?

GOOD question.: Schizoid PSTY sufferers generally don't like being with other, are "drifter" types and like to wander around, usually solo. They have odd behaviors sometimes, usually around social events. Psychotics aren't necessarily withdrawn socially, and their oddities are usually somewhat different--related more to delusions or hallucinations, which are not typical of Schizoids. Neg. Sx's are lethargy, ...Read more

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Taking quetiapine for depression & borderline personality disorder. What are possible side effects?

Taking quetiapine for depression & borderline personality disorder. What are possible side effects?

Possible SE's: Some possibilities - sedation, increased blood sugar, wt increase, increased prolactin level, increased cholesterol/ trigylceride levels, tardive dyskinesia, dystonic reaction, tremor, fever, allergic reaction, qt interval prolongation on ekg etc. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between depression symptoms and HIV symptoms or Cancer Symptoms?

How can you distinguish between depression symptoms and HIV symptoms or Cancer Symptoms?

See doc: This requires an examination, detailed history and lab tests to distinguish since they have many shared symptoms. ...Read more

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What's the difference between depression and "negative symptoms"?

What's the difference between depression and "negative symptoms"?

Some similarities: "negative symptoms" are some changes seen in patients with schizophrenia. An example is lack of motivation, lack of emotions, "mental confusion", lack of concentration, etc. Of course, similar symptoms can be seen in depression, but the origin of them and treatment are totally different. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of depression vs bi polar disorder?

What are the symptoms of depression vs  bi polar disorder?

Some similarities: Classically, bipolar disorder can be diagnosed when i patient has not only periods of depression, but also at least one episode of so-called mania, which roughly can be described as a condition "totally opposite to depression". ...Read more

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Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Can symptoms from high anxiety, depression and stress mimic symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Anxiety & Depression: can interfere w/memory but not to the extent of severe Alzheimer's. A mental health professional can help you learn stress management strategies. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do they call positive and negative symptoms for schizophrenia or any psychotic disorder?

What do they call positive and negative symptoms for schizophrenia or any psychotic disorder?

Both are symptoms: Positive symptoms have to do with things a person doesn't normally experience-like hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms have to with things a person normally does, but doesn't do when psychotic or ill from schizophrenia such as getting out of bed and socializing with people. Often, the positive symptoms respond better to treatment than the negative symptoms, which may persist longer. ...Read more

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