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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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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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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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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 clinical depression a real, biological illness?

Is clinical depression a real, biological illness?

Clinical depression: is as real illness. The etiology, origin, of it is not clear. It most-likely has a biological base but interacts w/lifestyle and attitude. So, a healthy lifestyle of a good food plan, exercise, focusing on life-giving topics and friends, all help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How are clinical depression and depression different?

How are clinical depression and depression different?

Potato or POTATO: This question is often analogous to "my nerves being bad" vs "anxiety." in other words, "clinical depression" and "depression" both likely indicate a major depressive episode that warrants clinical attention though the severity may vary depending on the individual using such semantics. ...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 reactive depression vs clinical depression?

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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Is sad stand for seasonal affective disorder or social anxiety disorder?

Is sad stand for seasonal affective disorder or social anxiety disorder?

Either works: Honestly, I have heard it referred to either. You could also throw in a mix of "separation anxiety disorder" when talking about kiddos as well. ...Read more

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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

All roads lead2rome: Which one to see? Or which one to become? See the one you like the best, feel most comfortable with & feel has ur best interests in mind at all times. Also helpful to see one who has some connection to a doc should you need medication in treatment. Which to become depends on your area of interest, & the legal requirements for study & practice in your area. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and schizoid personality disorder?

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What is the difference between clinical depression and schizoid personality disorder?

Depression: Both can show avoidance and withdrawal and isolation with blunted affect, but depression also shows vegetative symptoms such as change in sleep/appetite/energy , and thoughts of despair &self-harm. ...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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What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

Semantics: Melancholia is a term dating back to the 4 humors recognized by the ancient greeks & continued for millennia. The current preferred medical terminology is clinical depression or major depressive disorder. But it's just a matter of words, all meaning the same thing. ...Read more

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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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How do clinical depression and local episodic depression differ?

How do clinical depression and local episodic depression differ?

I am not familiar: With term "local episodic depression". Clinical depression is not standard psychiatric terminology. There is a term called episodic mood disorder which is used to refer to bipolar spectrum disorders. The term clinical depression helps to differentiate a depressed mood from a more substantial depression. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs Unipolar: with unipolar depression- antidepressants are the first "go -to" meds. With bipolar depression - mood stabilizers and antispychotics are the first go too's. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more

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Could depressive psychosis / psychois depression cured?

Yes, treatment helps: Yes, there are effective treatments for psychotic depression. For the most effective help, work with a psychiatrist who can fully evaluate all your symptoms and prescribe the best medications. Also psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment for depression as well. ...Read more

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Are mental illnesses narcissistic personality disorder and psychotic depression related to one another?

It can happen: The 2 conditions are not directly related. But narcissistic personality-disordered people can become very depressed -- sometimes even psychotically so. This may happen due to perceived failures in empathy, to which they are exquisitely sensitive. Rather than being a little hurt and getting over it like less impaired people might, an npd person may lose his/her entire feeling of self-hood. ...Read more

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Major Depression (Definition)

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