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To have major depressive disorder do you have to have suicidal thoughts?

To have major depressive disorder do you have to have suicidal thoughts?

No: It's not a requirement for the diagnosis but leaving MDD untreated can definitely lead to those thoughts ...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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Do i need to have suicidal thought to have depression?

No: It depends on the severity. Symptoms of depression include : a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, sadness, poor motivation, and irritabiliy. These symptoms can adversely affect your ability to function at home and/or at work. In severe cases suicidal ideation. ...Read more

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Do i need to be suicidal to have borderline personality disorder?

Do i need to be suicidal to have borderline personality disorder?

No: While suicidality can be one criteria for borderline personality disorder, it is not an absolute criteria, meaning if you don't have it, you cannot be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. There are a number of criteria for the diagnosis, of which that symptom is just one. Thoughts of harming oneself need to be addressed, so please keep up with a qualified mental health professional. ...Read more

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Do you have to have delusions to have disorganized schizophrenia?

Do you have to have delusions to have disorganized schizophrenia?

No: While there may be some delusions in disorganized schizophrenia, the prominent feature in disorganized schizophrenia is disorganized thought or behavior. Disorganized thought manifests as illogical and nonsensical. ...Read more

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What to do if I have depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts for no reason?

What to do if I have depressive episodes and suicidal thoughts for no reason?

If you are having: thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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Do I have to have suicidal thoughts to be diagnosed with bi-polar?

Do I have to have suicidal thoughts to be diagnosed with bi-polar?

No you do not: Having suicidal thoughts during a depressive cycle of bipolar is one of the indicators, but there are many other indications. If you think you have bipolar disorder meet with a psychiatrist to talk about all the symptoms and to consider proper medication. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

Major Depression: Symptoms of depression include sad mood and loss of interest in usually pleasurable things for greater than 2 weeks. Also there are changes in sleep (too much or not enough); energy (slowed down or agitated); and appetite (could have little appetite w/weight loss, or eating too much w/weight gain). Difficulty concentrating ; making decisions. Frequent thoughts of death ; suicide. It's treatable. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ADHD and suicidal thoughts?

What to do if I have ADHD and suicidal thoughts?

If you are having: Thoughts about killing yourself now, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the national suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. If you are not in treatment - please do so. You are worth it. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have depression? Or bi-polar disorder? Or even manic depression?

How do you know if you have depression? Or bi-polar disorder? Or even manic depression?

Agree w Dr. Weismann: The best way to know is through a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Bipolar Disorder = Manic Depression. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that involves depression & mania & /or hypomania. If hypomanic / manic, 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control,distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, risky behaviors, elation or ^ physical > ...Read more

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Does having psychotic depression mean you have to be institutionalized?

Does having psychotic depression mean you have to be institutionalized?

Usually until better: If a person is so mentally ill that she is psychotic, that means her brain has trouble telling what is real or not real, trouble interpreting what others say or do, trouble separating right from wrong, important from unimportant, trouble thinking or planning... she basically is not functional. We would not want someone like that driving down the street alongside us... thus, it's hospital time. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an anxiety or depression disorder?

How to know if I have an anxiety or depression disorder?

Seek psychiatric : Evaluation. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. Anxiety symptoms can include feeling nervous or irritable, muscle tension (especially in neck, shoulders ; back), poor quality or >. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have major depressive disorder or bipolar mood disorder?

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How do I know if I have major depressive disorder or bipolar mood disorder?

Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have social anxiety disorder?

What to do if I have social anxiety disorder?

Behavioral Options: See this page anxiety disorders assn of bc which contains educational ; self-help tools (incl. A video) for managing ; even overcoming social anxiety: http://www.Anxietybc.Com/resources/social.Php effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt expert coach can be big help! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my parents won't believe I have depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety?

What do you suggest if my parents won't believe I have depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety?

Invite them in: Have them attend a session with your Psychiatrist or Psychologist. Education is a critical piece of treatment. ...Read more

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Are depression and anxiety inked together and how do you know if you have a anxiety disorder?

Are depression and anxiety inked together and how do you know if you have a anxiety disorder?

No and get evaluated: Anxiety and depression are two different conditions. A person can have depression, anxiety, or both diagnoses at the same time. Anybody can get depressed or anxious at some point in life. The more important question: do these conditions interfere with your life and overall functioning. Either depression or anxiety or both need to be diagnosed by a specialist. ...Read more

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I do not have bipolar disorder. I do have recurrent Major depression, severe. Why would my psychiatrist prescribe lithium and Geodon (ziprasidone)?

I do not have bipolar disorder. I do have recurrent Major depression, severe. Why would my psychiatrist prescribe lithium and Geodon (ziprasidone)?

Mood disorder: Many argue that many cases of depression are a form of bipolar disease. specially if your mood fluctuates. instead of going from extreme highs to lows, you go from lows without going into highs, so many treat depression as a form of bipolar disease. What drugs you go on depends on how high or low you go. I would have to know more about your case. ...Read more

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What to do if i think i might have bipolar of border personaility disorder?

I think it would be: smart to find out one way or another. There can be significant overlap in symptoms or they may co-exist. Best not to guess. Psychiatric or psychological comprehensive evaluation can likely tease these apart. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar disorder?

Please get help.: Bipolar Disorder is treatable. Recommend comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If you do in fact have bipolar disorder a mix of psychotropic medications and talking therapy can be very helpful. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more


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Suicidal Thoughts (Definition)

Suicide is the act of deliberately taking one's own life. Suicidal behavior is any deliberate action with potentially life-threatening consequences, such as taking a drug overdose or ...Read more