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What is teen depression?

What is teen depression?

Teen with depression: Depression in children & teens is much the same illness but because of age related factors expression of the depression varies. Children are especially difficult to assess due to limited understanding and communication skills. Teens bring a special set of problems to diagnosing depression; a sense of immortality, a "can do it myself" attitude, male and female hormone influences, oppositionality. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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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What is the mental illness neurosis vspsychosis?

What is the mental illness neurosis vspsychosis?

See Below: In a nutshell, psychosis involves the loss of contact with reality (delusions, hallucinations), while neurosis does involve a degree of stress, but no delusions, or hallucinations. ...Read more

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What is pseudodemnite depression?

What is pseudodemnite depression?

Reversible dementia: In depression, the brain slows down, and thinking can become so distorted, that one's cognition is impaired--sometimes to the point of "dementia". But when the depression is treated and lifts, the "dementia" disappears. ...Read more

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What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

What exactly is "gender confusion" and is it a sign of bipolar or borderline personality disorder?

Gender confusion: Gender confusion is when a person is not clear about his or her own gender -- gender identity d/o, a painful condition. These are people who feel strongly from childhood that they have been born into the wrong-gendered body. It is not a sign of borderline pd or bipolar disorder, although these other disorders can co-exist. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002495/. ...Read more

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What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

What is depressive disorder and how is it different from depression?

The term "depression: Is used for a lot of things like feeling sad or grieving. But depressive disorder is a clinical diagnosis with specific criteria. ...Read more

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What is anti-social personality disorder? How is it treated?

What is anti-social personality disorder? How is it treated?

Sociopath: A person with an antisocial personality disorder lacks a conscience. This means that they are often insensitive, out for themselves, irresponsible & toxic to others. I know of no way to psychiatrically treat a sociopath. However, if they are held legally accountable for their actions, that may serve as a deterent for future criminal behavior. ...Read more

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How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?

How prevalent is seasonal affective disorder? What are the criteria for a SAD diagnosis? Is it treatable in some cases w/out antidepressants?

SAD: SAD symptoms occur with change in season (often fall and winter) & can include carbohydrate craving, increased appetite with weight gain, low energy level, irritability, moodiness, sleeping more, heavy feeling in extremities, being overly sensitive to rejection and it can impact relationships. It is often treated withot use of antidepressants. In the US – 1 to 10% of adults experience SAD but ...Read more

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I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

I have anhedonia without other depressive symptoms, is this condition is depression? What is the non medical treatment of anhedonia?

Therapy: Looking into the possible reasons for your anhedonia in your life experiences with a therapist may give you better understanding and help you make changes. Good luck! ...Read more

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If person has greif ie;after trauma is often dignosed with major depression, when greif is inevitable but depression is mental disorder, please explain?

If person has  greif  ie;after trauma is often  dignosed with major depression, when greif is inevitable but depression is mental disorder, please explain?

Grief after death : Brain biology differences cause depression and so does environmental stressors/ life factors (death, divorce, job change, legal problems, family disputes). A feeling is called a disorder when it impairs your functioning and affects you daily, your work and relationships. Help thru medicine or psychotherapy helps both kinds. Grief after death is normal, not an ongoing disorder. ...Read more

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What is depression officially?

What is depression officially?

Depression: Officially, "depression" is a general term that refers to the presence of depressed mood along with other symptoms. The term is sometimes used to refer to people who are depressed due to grief or other losses, and sometimes it is used to refer to episodes of severe depression that seem to arise more on their own, out of proportion to circumstances. ...Read more

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What is situational depression from?

What is situational depression from?

Any situation: Sometimes we use situational depression synonymously with adjustment disorder with depressed mood. You should expect a certain amount of low mood when something difficult happens. But we call it situational depression when the low mood persists or is more that one would expect. What situation would cause this reaction varies from person to person. ...Read more

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What is antisocial personality disorder? What are the causes?

See below: People with this condition show a long standing pattern of anti-social attitudes and behaviors, including some of these: 1) lack of guilt, remorse, and care towards others; 2) minimal consideration of social norms and rules; 3) few close relationships; 4) trouble dealing with frustration and anger; and 5) a tendency to blame others. Causes are usually genetics & environmental factors combined. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to have borderline personality disorder?

What kind of experience is it to have borderline personality disorder?

Bad mood swings!: Extreme sensitivity to feeling abandoned or rejected by others. Very intense emotions, both good and bad, often leading to impulses to harm oneself (eg, by cutting or burning); suicidal feelings are common. A severe feeling of emptiness inside, and lack of a stable sense of self. Hard to maintain stable relationships because feelings seem overwhelming. It's often quite unpleasant. ...Read more

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What is emotional disorder?

What is emotional disorder?

Depression/anxiety: Emotional disorders are things like depression and anxiety. People with these disorders tend to have problems feeling good and may need help with either medication or counseling to feel happiness in joy in life. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of psychological erectile dysfuncion? How is it diagnosed?

What is the treatment of psychological erectile dysfuncion? How is it diagnosed?

Number of ways: Erectile dysfunction has many causes the most common is possibly psychogenic one has to rule out physical causes, diabetes, some drugs and narcotics, a number of neurological conditions affecting the spinal cord endocrinological illnesses especially low testosterone etc. Psychotherapy and medications such as viagra (sildenafil) or localized injections may work. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type and is it a serious illness?

What are the symptoms of schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type and is it a serious illness?

Get professional: Don't diagnose yourself if someone been diagnosed that person should see psychiatrist and comply with medications. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for depersonalization disorder? Is low testosterone causing my anxiety symptoms?

What is the best medication for depersonalization disorder? Is low testosterone causing my anxiety symptoms?

Depersonalization: Depersonalization can come from multiple sources. For depersonalization disorder, medications are not the main part of treatment -- psychotherapy is. The medications may support the person and help manage overwhelming anxiety and depression, etc. They will not cure the condition, though. Such a person may be dealing with a history of severe abuse, and depersonalization has become a coping style. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is antisocial personality disorder?

Personality disorder: This disorder in adults is characterized by impulsiveness, irresponsible and brash behavior, lack of remorse, irritability, aggressiveness, and disregard for social norms and the law. It's the personality disorder associated with criminal offenders (through not all criminals have aspd and vice versa), and can be diagnosed by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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