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Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Can excessive sleeping be due obsessive-compulsve disorder and major depressive disorder?

Yes: Several of my patients have dealt w/ that and say it can be the only way to get a break from pain. Some have been able to switch to periods of Mindfullness Meditation to obtain the break. It's a real challenge and you should have an excellent psychotherapist to work with along w/ whatever medications are needed. OCD specialists are not common but can be worth the effort to find. Get references! ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Licht
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Somatoform Disorder (Definition)

Somatoform disorders are a group of conditions wherein individuals unconsciously manifest psychological &/or physical symptoms typically in the setting of an underlying conflict (usually outside their conscious awareness). These conditions include, but are not limited to, conversion disorders, somatization disorder, pain disorder, etc. It is important to avoid iatrogenic ...Read more


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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

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Is the sleeping disorder insomia a disability?

Is the sleeping disorder insomia a disability?

Insomnia: The diagnosis of just insomnia will not normally qualify for disability, but may co-exist with other serious sleep/medical issues of disability. How severe the insomnia is often gives clues for further evaluation by a sleep study. if you can provide more details about the actual symptoms I can assist more. ...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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Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

Shift work sleep disorder, or circadian rhythm sleep disorder--how do I know difference?

One type of: Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is a persistent or recurring pattern of sleep disruption resulting either from an altered sleep-wake schedule or an inequality between a person's natural sleep-wake cycle and the sleep-related demands placed on him or her. the dsm-iv-tr lists four types of circadian rhythm sleep disorder: delayed sleep phase type, jet lag type, shift work type, and unspecified type. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Can anxiety disorder and associated meds aggravate sleep apnea?

Yes: In general narcotics or any sedating medications (benzos for anxiety) will worsen sleep apnea as it suppresses breathing. Anxiety in general may cause insomnia, but should not necessarily influence sleep apnea itself. Talk with your physician and sleep specialist if you're having trouble. ...Read more

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What sleeping disorders are associated with sleep walking?

What sleeping disorders are associated with sleep walking?

Some are such as:: Sleep terrors and sleep talking, and both are self explanatory. There is also rem sleep behavior disorder and people, mostly older men, act out it is thought, their dreams in complex and sometimes violent fashion. That may be associated with parkinson's disorder or be post stroke in nature. That leads to the belief it is a central nervous system disorder based in the lower half of the brain. ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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

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

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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Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Could a sleep disorder cause anxiety and depression?

Sleep and mood disor: Sleep and mood disorders are often a vicious cycle. Either can cause either, or they could both be caused by something else. A good assessment from a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders can help you find answers and solutions. ...Read more

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Is obsessive christmas disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder?

No such thing: There is no such thing as obsessive Christmas disorder mentioned in the DSM. That being said, there are people who take the Christmas spirit and go over the top with it, if you will, but this is not officially diagnosable. ...Read more

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Is sleep apnea inherited?

Is sleep apnea inherited?

Yes: Yes, it is often inherited, but not always. One reason has to do with the fact that we look similar to our relatives. The facial bone growth determines the size of the airway and may be narrow in families with sleep apnea. Other familial factors may be obesity, size of tonsils and adenoids, muscle tone and how we breathe when we sleep. ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep disorders: Sleep phase disorders may need to be diagnosed via sleep study and usually require really expert coaching to correct. Nightmares and often also sleep paralysis can easily be addressed with my No More Nightmares training. Please contact me if you request further details. ...Read more

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What does sleep disorders actually mean--insomnia?

What does sleep disorders actually mean--insomnia?

Insomnia: Insomnia means inability to fall asleep inability to maintain sleep early morning awakening non restorative sleep this is given you have adequate time and opportunity to get good sleep. ...Read more

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Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Help please! is apnea the same disorder as sleep apnea?

Apnea: Apnea is defined as a stopping of breathing- it can be caused by many different factors. Holding one's breath is a form of apnea. Medications can cause it as well. Sleep apnea is cessation of breathing while asleep and can be caused by airway obstructions ( tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum, enlarged uvula, sleeping on ones back allowing the jaw and tongue to drop back and block the airway.). ...Read more

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

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Can Gabapentin cause rbd? Rem behavior disorder?

No: Actually, gabapentin is sometimes used for RBD, but there is little systematic evidence of benefit. ...Read more

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Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

Yes, almost: Officially, according to the diagnostic manual, it is possible to have schizoaffective disorder-bipolar type and borderline personality disorder-both at once. One is a problem with your mood and your thoughts called psychosis and the other has to do with how you cope with stress and the trials and tribulations of life in general. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think i have a sleeping disorder ?

I think i have a sleeping disorder ?

Sleep Disorder: I understand your discomfort.
Let Wise Man in you ask:
Difficulty going to sleep?
Use of Alcohol or drugs?
Waking up in the middle of night?
Number of awakenings?
Feeling tired in the morning?
Stresses of relationship, work and finances?
Any medical condition?
Use of sleeping medications?
Reasons for thinking of “sleeping disorder”?
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•Diagnosis
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How to know if I have a sleeping disorder?

How to know if I have a sleeping disorder?

See below: If you snore, have excessive daytime sleepiness, trouble falling or staying asleep, morning headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, periodically stop breathing at night, have a dry mouth, night time acid reflux, sleep paralysis, hypnic jerks, or hallucinations as you fall asleep or get up, you could have a sleep disorder. If you have sleep concerns, please see a sleep medicine specialist. ...Read more

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How do I tell if I have a sleeping disorder?

How do I tell if I have a sleeping disorder?

A sleep complaint?: The diagnosis of sleep disorders, as with most other disorders, starts with a complaint. Do you have any complaints about your sleep? Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Are you excessively sleepy during the day? Does anyone else complain about your sleep (restlessness, heavy snoring)? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you should discuss it further with your doctor. ...Read more

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How to determine when you have a sleeping disorder?

How to determine when you have a sleeping disorder?

Polysomnogram: Most sleeping disorders are diagnosed via a polysomnogram (sleep study) by a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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What's best used to take care of a sleeping disorder?

What's best used to take care of a sleeping disorder?

Sleep disorder: There are many types of sleeping disorders. Don't know which tye of sleeping disorder is being alluded to. A sleep specialist can review your sleep study (polysomnogram) to determine what the problem is. Based on this - a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sleeping disorder and need help?

Get a sleep study: Sleep medicine is a growing field and a sleep study will help diagnose your sleep disorder which will allow you to seek out the help you need. ...Read more

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What steps should I take to break this sleeping disorder?

What steps should I take to break this sleeping disorder?

Which type?: There are many types of sleeping disorders. Don't know which one you are referring to. A sleep specialist can review your sleep study (polysomnogram) to determine what the problem is. Based on this - a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sleeping disorder your whole life?

Is it possible to have a sleeping disorder your whole life?

Yes: It depends on the sleep disorder. There are rare disorders that can start at birth, but they are very rare. The more common ones like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia tend to get worse as you age. Children can have sleep apnea too, usually due to large tonsils and adenoids. Sleep walking can start young and vary throughout life. ...Read more

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I think i might have a sleeping disorder; how do I figure out what it is?

I think i might have a sleeping disorder; how do I figure out what it is?

Sleep specialist: I would suggest seeing a sleep specialist. They have extensive training in all types of sleep disorders. They can help you find out if and what is wrong then offer the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I’m having sleeping disorder, I wake everyday in the middle of the night?

I’m having sleeping disorder, I wake everyday in the middle of the night?

Insomia: Please consult a physician to determine whether it is primarily a sleeping issue or another underlying Health problem that interferes with the sleep. Have a consistent bedtime, avoid alcohol And caeffine. Exercise regularly but atleast 4 hours before the bedtime, adjust your room temperature and lighting so that it is comfortable to sleep. Keep a sleep diary and discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you know you have a sleeping disorder, or are on your way to getting one?

How do you know you have a sleeping disorder, or are on your way to getting one?

Keep Sleep Log : If one keeps log of sleep symptoms like snoring, fatigue, restless leg symptoms, daytime sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep etc. When were symptom onset and, any progression? Put in scale of 0-10. Consider your family input what they feel in severity or progression. Discuss this with your doctor and obtain guidelines to see if you any sleep disorder. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to know you have a sleeping disorder, or are well on your way to getting one?

How to know you have a sleeping disorder, or are well on your way to getting one?

Discuss with PCP: There are a number of possible sleep disorders. Discuss with your primary doctor. For more information see http://www.sleepeducation.org/ ...Read more

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How to determine you have a sleeping disorder, or are well on your way to getting one?

If you are fatigued: If you find that you are constantly fatigued. If being tired is affecting your work, you relationship with other and your outlook on life. If you are nodding of at stop signs and zone out while driving. If you are having a hard time remembering thing and anger easily. If you are irritated or anxious. Have high blood pressure. All these are signs of poor sleep. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know you have a sleeping disorder, or are well on your way to getting one?

Depends: Depends on the sleep disorder. If you refer to sleep apnea- snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches, morning blurred vision, dry mouth upon awakening, night time reflux, and gasping for air during the night while sleeping all are symptoms of the disorder. If you feel you have such symptoms, it is best to consult a sleep medicine specialist in your area. ...Read more

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Is the sleeping disorder insomia a disability?

Insomnia: The diagnosis of just insomnia will not normally qualify for disability, but may co-exist with other serious sleep/medical issues of disability. How severe the insomnia is often gives clues for further evaluation by a sleep study. if you can provide more details about the actual symptoms I can assist more. ...Read more

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Do I have a sleeping disorder if I never have dreams?

Do I have a sleeping disorder if I never have dreams?

Probably not: You have dreams like everyone else--you just don't remember them. Not everyone remembers their dreams. Nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Factitious Disorder (Definition)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bipolar I Disorder (Definition)

Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses ...Read more