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To Have Major Depressive Disorder Do You Have To Have Suicidal Thoughts
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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