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Normal Depression Vs Abnormal Depression
Can melancholic depression change into atypical depression? What features make a depression an atypical one?
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
What are the cognitive associates of Depression? Does someone in a depressed state have a lower IQ than normal state? Is brain fog an MDD symptom?
These are different: Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Who read your EKG?: Often times there will be a computer reading on top of your EKG which is often incorrect. If your doctor viewed the EKG, particularly your cardiologist, and stated it was normal, it is most likely an overread by the computer. ...Read more
Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: I am not sure how you are using the term "depressive mood disorders." depression (major depression) is one of the depressive disorders, but there are other types. So, my answer largely depends on how you are using your terms. In general, there is not a big difference between the two terms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recurring episodes of extreme fatigue for the past 12mths. Depressed, irritable, cognitive problems. Normal between episodes. All bloods/scans normal.
Many possible causes: There are many potential causes of the symptoms you describe. They can be narrowed down by a good history and physical examination by your physician. They may want to confirm the diagnosis with testing, then treatment can be discussed. See your doctor ASAP, to get this resolved. Call 911 if you're thinking of hurting yourself or others. Take care. ...Read more
Possibly: "decreased mood" might be a way of describing depression. A depressed mood might also be thought of as feeling sad or empty, down or blue. For people to be viewed as having a major depressive episode, however, they must have five or more (out of 9) symptoms during the same two-week period. In addition, your doctor will consider other factors in making a diagnosis of a depressive disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you explain the difference between recurrent major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?
Different problems: With major depression you have serious depressive symptoms like sadness and hopelessness. It can be constant or come and go. Mood lability is when you mood fluctuates frequently, feeling okay one minute then sad or angry the next. With bipolar disorder you can have depression but you also have mania or hypomania, conditions with increased arousal. See doctor if you have either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History of depression - recently having mood swings: hyper, excessive spending, insomnia, then back to depression. Rapid change. Possibly bipolar? Or?
Definitions: Dysthymia is a type of mood disorder -- chronic depression lasting for at least 2 years. There are disturbances in appetite, sleep, and energy; low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, etc. Mood disorders include both depression and mania -- euphoric or irritable mood (bipolar d/o). Adjustment d/o w/anxiety = clinically significant anxiety in response to clear stressor(s). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Overlapping terms: "chronic depression" simply means the depression has be persistently present for a long time, typically years or longer. "unipolar depression" means that the person only has depression, as opposed to bipolar affective disorder, where both depression & mania occur. The formal terminology is major depression, with various modifiers that describe severity, duration, & persistence, etc.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What differs between Asperger's and Depressive type Schizoaffective Disorder? Both possible? Sometimes has catatonic episodes.
Usually personality: like apsergers very overly friendly and funny and sociable , schizoaffective odd and withdrawn usually ...Read more
Mania: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the different between schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar, and borderline personality disorder?
They are different: Bipolar disorder refers to a group of conditions whose major feature is some form of depression and/or mania. It remits and returns spontaniously. Schizoaffective disorder follows a similar pattern but includes symptoms like hallucinations. Borderline personality disorder does not come and go and involves a pattern of stormy complex relationships with others and other symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major symptoms: "regular depression" refers to sustained depressed or irritable mood & changes in sleep, appetite, & energy level, maybe suicidality. Sometimes, with severe depression, people have hallucinations or delusions, e.g., "my body is rotting." they typically come after the depression starts and relate to depression. Schizophrenia is the hallucinations and delusoins without prominent depressive sxs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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