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Can judging people and hateful thoughts about people come with depression?

Can judging people and hateful thoughts about people come with depression?

Possibly: Some people dwell on hateful thoughts or judge others without any type of depression. However, with depression, one can become more negative, pessimistic, angry or irritable. If that is the case, get help. ...Read more

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Are people pessimistic and melancholic naturally?

Are people pessimistic and melancholic naturally?

Pessimism : And optimism are traits that vary naturally among people, but people can learn to be more optimistic. Feeling melancholic (sad, hopeless, depressed) is not a natural or healthy state, and a mental health professional could help resolve it. Books such as "the how of happiness" by sonja lyubomirsky, "authentic happiness" by martin seligman and "feeling good" by david burns may be helpful. ...Read more

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Why do depressed people feel inappropriate guilt?

Guilt: There is no one easy answer to this question. I can only best describe it as being many feelings of unfinished business that can be explored safely and in depth in psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How come people who live in warm climates are happier than people who don't?

How come people who live in warm climates are happier than people who don't?

Said who?: Happiness is difficult to measure, but i suspect you are mistaken. People who live in cold climates such as the finns, swedish, russians, nepalese, swiss, and many others might disagree. ...Read more

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Why do some people sabotage their own interpersonal relationships?

Why do some people sabotage their own interpersonal relationships?

See below: We learn to relate from our caregivers, then the circle expands to friends, etc. Even if you see that something is not working in your relationship, you might try to fix the problem with the things that are available to you or you're most familiar with, leading to problems yet again. You might want to consider family/couples therapy to help you id the impeding issues and how to work through them. ...Read more

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Do blind people really have keener senses than people who are not?

Do blind people really have keener senses than people who are not?

Not really: Blind people seem to have keener other senses because, without vision, they concentrate more on the other senses and use them to the fullest. They do not have keener senses, simply senses that they focus better upon. ...Read more

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Do people with narcisstic personality disorder tend to interrupt others more?

Do people with narcisstic personality disorder tend to interrupt others more?

Likely: Though it's not an official symptom those with narcissistic personality disorder can have a tendency to talk over people and speak in monologues giving others very little time or room to express their own thoughts and beliefs becaus why should they the narcissist is always right. ...Read more

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Way some people domineering others people ?

Insecure: Some people have no other role model except that of a domineering personality, but many have insecurities they are trying to hide by controlling their environment. ...Read more

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Why are some people "loners"?

Why are some people "loners"?

Varies: Many of us -- myself included -- enjoy work and play without a lot of other people necessarily being around. Einstein called himself a "natural loner" though he was wise, productive & cared deeply for others. Introverts are brain-wired to prefer a low-stimulus environment. A person who lacks social skills or has or acquire mental illness may withdraw from others. The riddle is telling who is who. ...Read more

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Can schizophrenic people have truly satisfying interpersonal relationships?

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Schizophrenics: Sure they can, with proper treatments and depending on their support system. ...Read more

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Do people who have romance in their life generally more happy than those who do not?

Do people who have romance in their life generally more happy than those who do not?

Makes sense: Most people want a romantic relationship, and those who are successful here put their smarts and efforts into maintaining both this and other aspects of their lives (job skills, people skills, time management, personal organization) that make for happiness. Other folks like myself are happy loners, absorbed in meaningful work. Choose your own path through life caring for others, & it'll be good. ...Read more

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Do people who suffer clinical depression die younger, generally?

Do people who suffer clinical depression die younger, generally?

Depends: Approx. 50% of those people who suffer clinical depression if left untreated will have additional episodes. These result from a "learned helplessness"__ repeated life experiences leading one to negative beliefs that one can do little to improve his or her state of suffering in life. This in turn can lead to earlier mortality from physical illnesses. Proper treatment can definitely prolong life. ...Read more

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Why are depressed people forced to live? Depressed people (like me) want nothing more than to die!

We know better: Because when we are this depressed we are not thinking straight. Our perceptions are often incorrect. And others know better than you that on the other side of depression is an incredible life full of purpose. ...Read more

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Why do depressed people have inappropriate guilt feeling?

Why do depressed people have inappropriate guilt feeling?

Unrealistic guilt: Thought processes can become distorted with depression. A person may view themselves & their actions negatively & unrealistically. They may feel responsible when bad things happen that don't even fall under their purview. They may be quick to blame themselves & even minor transgressions can become a major focus for them. ...Read more

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Do people who suffer clinical depression throughout their lives die younger than the average person does?

Do people who suffer clinical depression throughout their lives die younger than the average person does?

Not necessarily: Recurrent depression is associated with a higher risk for several conditions including heart disease, diabetes. Some might be due to not taking good care of oneself. With good treatment, depression can remit and longevity is no different. ...Read more

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Why do some people automatically feel intimidated or fear other people who are taller and stronger looking than them? How can people overcome this?

Why do some people automatically feel intimidated or fear other people who are taller and stronger looking than them? How can people overcome this?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Do those who have asperger's hate change?

Do those who have asperger's hate change?

Agree w Dr. Cohen: Adapting to change and making transitions can be very unsettling and difficult to people with Aspergers (high functioning autism). ...Read more

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Can people who are former bulimics get their period back?

Can people who are former bulimics get their period back?

Short answer: Yes. But another question for your medical or OB gyn doctor is how soon. ...Read more