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Doctor insights on: Seasonal Affective Disorder And Sertraline

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Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Not by definition: It can lead to depression or aggravate an existing depression. They are considered to be two separate disorders but often coexist. It pays to treat sad early on so depression may be averted and if it occurs along with a depression it needs attention directly so depression treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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Sertraline (Definition)

Also called zoloft, (sertraline) is one of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, with antidepressant/anti-anxiety actions. May cause headaches, nausea & ...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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Does seasonal affective disorder affect your mood all year?

Seasonal disorder: Seasonal affective disorder (sad) is a kind of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter.Causes, incidence, and risk factors.Sad may begin during the teen years or in adulthood. Like other forms of depression, it occurs more often in women than in men.People who live in places with long winter nights are at greater risk for sad. ...Read more

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What is dysthymia and adjustment anxiety disorder and mood disorder?

What is dysthymia and adjustment anxiety disorder and mood disorder?

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 more

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Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan. ...Read more

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What is bipolar affective disorder?

What is bipolar affective disorder?

Bipolar: Is a mood disorder characterized by swings from highs (mania or hypo mania) to lows (depression). ...Read more

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Do anxiety and bipolar disorder fall under the schizophrenia spectrum disorders?

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Schiz.: Nope. Bipolar is a mood disorder. Schizophrenia is a thought disorder. Refer to my previous responses on these topics. ...Read more

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How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

How do I distinguish depression from seasonal affective disorder?

Depression: There are a number of different types of depression, which sad is one. The distinguishing characteristics od sad include the seasonal and cyclical pattern of the depression, accompanied by loss of energy, increased appetite, low motivation and oversleeping. Other depressions can occur at any time during the year and do not improve necessarily as seasons change. ...Read more

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Are panic disorder and anxiety disorder the same conditions?

Are panic disorder and anxiety disorder the same conditions?

Same, Different: The term anxiety disorder is a general category covering several types of problems. One of these is panic disorder, which is characterized by sudden, intense feelings of panic and fear along with a variety of physical symptoms. There are other types of anixety, including chronic, generalized anxiety, which consists of nervousness on a daily basis. ...Read more

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Can OCD and major depression disorder treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam, cause halucinations?

Can OCD and major depression disorder treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam, cause halucinations?

NOT USUALLY: Hallucinations are typically an indication of a psychotic process or maybe less serious if it happens upon falling asleep or waking up. OCD does not involve hallucinations as a symptom. Antidepressants do not typically cause hallucinations either. If the is some connection then the diagnosis may need to be reconsider like possibly bipolar disorder. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

I need help with seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: The most fun option for treating seasonal affective disorder is going on vacation in a warm tropical climate when it is cold back home. Light therapy can be very effective. Psychotherapy and psychotropic medications can also be beneficial. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/seasonal-affective-disorder/basics/treatment/con-20021047 ...Read more

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How common is seasonal affective disorder?

How common is seasonal affective disorder?

SAD: SAD is now referred to as Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern in DSM 5. It is a subtype of major depression. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but prevalence depends on which geographic area you live in. ...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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How effective is the wellbutrin (bupropion) lithium combination over seroquel lithium for BPD and major depressive disorder?

How effective is the wellbutrin (bupropion) lithium combination over seroquel lithium for BPD and major depressive disorder?

That is quite: individual. Each person responds differently to medications and medication combinations. It can't be exactly predicted how well you will respond to one of the medication regimens compared to the other when treating your depression and borderline personality disorder. Take care. ...Read more

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Zoloft (Definition)

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