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Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

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 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 there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

Is there a difference between major depression w/ melancholia and severe major depression?

There can be: Major depressive disorder is diagnosed by having at least 5 symptoms from a list. Melancholic major depressive disorder refers to having certain specific symptoms. The severe classifier refers to how much the symptoms you have interfere with your functioning and your life. Much of the time if you have melanchotic mdd your symptoms are severe but not always. ...Read more

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What's the difference between major depression and psychosis depression?

What's the difference between major depression and psychosis depression?

Psychosis: Psychotic depression is depression that is associated with any symptoms of psychosis like delusions, hallucinations or paranoia. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What does clinical depression become major depression?

What does clinical depression become major depression?

Semantics: Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria. Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors. ...Read more

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What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, motivation, apathy but can have a dramatic change from am to pm with much worse mood in the am. Melancolic depression is less responsive to therapy alone and often requires multiple medications or ect. ...Read more

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What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

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 more

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Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Is clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same?

Yes: The official name is "major depressive disorder", but many people say "clinical depression" as a sort of shorthand for that. This is depression > 2 wks, severe enough to interfere with everyday life, and accompanied by changes in sleep, energy, appetite, ability to experience pleasure, suicidal ideas, and so forth. Many depressed moods are not severe enough to count as "clinical". ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

Is there a difference between depression and depressive mood disorders?

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 more

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What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

What's postpartum depression vs psychosis?

Varies: First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). ...Read more

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What's the difference between dysthymia and major depressive disorder?

What's the difference between dysthymia and major depressive disorder?

Intensity and durati: Dysthymic folk have at least two years of depressed mood most of the day, more days than not and require fewer additional symptoms for diagnosis. Depression is two weeks or more of at least five major symptoms (dysthymia two) with depressed mood or loss of pleasure as one, and cause a significant change in functioning from baseline. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between depressive mood and depressive disorder?

Is there a difference between depressive mood and depressive disorder?

Yes: A depressive mood is a term that describes how a person has been feeling. The various depressive disorders will include problems with depressive mood, but they require the presence of other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Can you explain the difference between recurrent major depression with mood lability and bipolar disorder?

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 more

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What's the difference between minor depression or major depression?

A milder form of MDD: Minor depression is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least 2 depressive symptoms are present for 2 weeks or more. It is usually quite responsive to psychotherapy interventions. In the diagnostic & statistical manual of mental disorders iv, minor depressive disorder was cited as an example of depressive disorder not otherwise specific. ...Read more

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Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

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 more

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Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Completely different: Effexor is directly an antidepressant, and is fda indicated for this disorder & generalized anxiety, etc. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic, but is also sometimes used to augment antidepressant effect. If you have bipolar depression, being on an antidepressant alone is unwise due to possible triggering of hypomania or mania. In manic situations, Abilify (aripiprazole) may be used to contain these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is a clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same thing?

Is a clinical depression and major depressive disorder the same thing?

Depression: Melancholia is from word meaning dark bile. It shows in depressed, blunted or flat affect. Clinical depression is depression with vegetative signs & symptoms. Both these terms can be used interchangeably to describe the currently used term. ...Read more

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What type of treatment for major depression anxioty bipolar?

What type of treatment for major depression anxioty bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder : with Anxiety. Start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Insure that medical causes for symptoms are ruled out. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and illicit drugs. Take medications as directed. Eat healthfully. Sleep consistently. Be physically active. ...Read more

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What's the difference between reactive depression vs clinical depression?

Maybe little: Traditionally "clinical depression" is what we call major depression and was thought to be what was responsive to medication as the person's depression doesn't change with the environment eg would still be depressed if won the lottery. But medications help even some reactive depressions since some people over react to situations. This is common in atypical depression. See my book on amazon.Com. ...Read more

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Major Depression (Definition)

A severe form of depression, also known as major depression ...Read more