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What is postpartum psychosis? Is it worse than depression?

What is postpartum psychosis? Is it worse than depression?

Serious depression: Psychosis is any loss of touch with reality including hallucination and/or delusions (false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary). Postpartum just means after childbirth. The is avery serious condition because the mother may have false beliefs and harm or neglect the infant. It needs immediate treatment with protection of the newborn. It if often associated with bipolar disorder. ...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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What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

What is postpartum depression? Is it serious?

Postpartum : depression is a psychological disorder which occurs in women after child birth. It is a very serious form of depression which can endanger both the mother and child if left untreated. Suicidal and homocidal thoughts can accompany the depression. Psychotherapy and medication can help overcome this disorder. ...Read more

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Is it worse to be neurotic or psychotic?

Is it worse to be neurotic or psychotic?

Both can be hard: Neuroses (depression, anxiety, peronality disorders) and psychoses (schizophrenia, other types of psychoses) was an older way of dividing mental disorders not used for several decades. In general, neuroses were thought to be "less severe." however, level of impairment and response to treatment are the key issues, and some neuroses are much less treatment responsive than some psychoses. ...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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If depression is due to hormones, is it still considered clinical depression?

If depression is due to hormones, is it still considered clinical depression?

Not typically: I would not diagnose someone as clinical depressed if there sadness was due to cyclical hormones alone unless they exhibited other symptoms when there hormones were not active. So, if someone continued to have problems functioning in relationships and in work and the low mood, loss of interest, hopelessness, lack of concentration, sleep problems (all sx of dep) then i would look at depression. ...Read more

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Is it true that theres no treatment for borderline personality disorder? And I take Neurontin (gabapentin) so is it effecting my bpd?

Is it true that theres no treatment for borderline personality disorder? And I take Neurontin (gabapentin) so is it effecting my bpd?

Not true: That said, it is a difficult personality to have or to work with. There is no pill you can take to change any personality past the moment. Patient trusting talk therapy w/ a mature highly skilled person can help you but it's slow. The neurotonin should help a bit if anything, so don't worry. If you can, find a solid therapist and build a relationship. Be honest. Best wishes to you! I hope you win! ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of antidepressant discontinuation? If so, how long does it last?

It can be: It can be yes. It can also be the anti-depressant was treating the anxiety disorder which has now re-emerged. Two weeks is what the publications generally state, however, genetic variances in metabolic rates and medication responsiveness can shorten or lengthen that period for a few people. Please see a psychiatrist for help! The discontinuation syndrome can be avoided! ...Read more

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What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

What happens if postpartum depression is depression after pregnancy, what is depression during pregnancy called?

Depression: Some people only have depression problems after a pregnancy, possibly increased risk because of the hormone changes. Some people have depression at other times, not due to a particular cause. If a woman is on antidepressants when she gets pregnant, she should talk with her doctor about the risks of taking them or not taking them during the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it possible for depression medication make you more depressed?

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Is it possible for depression medication make you more depressed?

Anything is possible: But often it is hard to know, because depression severity can fluctuate even without treatment. You need to let the doctor know things are not going in the right direction, yet. Treating depression is complicated, because many factors influence mood. Eventually all episodes of depression will resolve. The key thing is to survive until then. ...Read more

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How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?

How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?

Good medicine: In my practice, i regularly prescribe both topiramate and lamotrigene for bipolar disorder. I have found each to be very effective when taken at full, therapeutic doses. Again, in my practice, I have found that 100-200mgs twice daily is an effective dose range. I have used it occasionally for recurrent depression without mania. ...Read more

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Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Help please! is delusional psychosis just a symptom of mental illness or is it a diagnosis?

Psychosis: Delusional psychosis is a redundant term. Psychosis include hallucinations and/ or delusions. There are many forms of psychoses depending on the type of symptoms, length and severity of them, and the age group affected. All those elements are considered to reach a diagnosis in particular, and to determine the different etiologies, or causes, of the illness. ...Read more

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My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?

My doctor said that I have anhedonia. Is it a core symptom of depression or it is indivisual a saperate mental illness?

Anhedonia: It is not a separate illness. It is a symptom, often, but not always associated with depression. It means an inability to take pleasure in normally pleasurable activities or experiences. Typically, a patient will describe a lack of feeling towards previously favorite foods, or hobbies, sex, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that anxiety and depression get confused with bipolar depression?

Is it possible that anxiety and depression get confused with bipolar depression?

Anxiety : Anxiety can cause restlessness, insomnia, pacing and depression can cause sadness and anger which could be confused for mixed symptoms of bipolar. Key feature of mania or hypomania is constant euphoria or irritability and decreased need for sleep. ...Read more

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What is the difference between non-melancholic depression and melancholic depression? Is it really possible to separate the 2?

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Melancholia: Melancholia is a term derived from the latin "black bile", & in psychiatry it denotes severe forms of depression termed major depression. Nowadays, the terms used are major depression, dysthymic disorder, organic mood disorders, & depression nos (not otherwise specified). ...Read more

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Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) is causing delusions?

Is it possible that Prozac (fluoxetine) is causing delusions?

Possibly: Like all effective antidepressants, Prozac (fluoxetine) can induce mania or hypomania in susceptible individuals. In these cases, psychotic symptoms like delusions could be present. Please discuss with your doctor if concerned about any experiences you're having. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bpd and depressive disorder?

Is it possible to have bpd and depressive disorder?

BPD: are you using BPD for Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder & a depressive disorder can coexist. There are bipolar depressive episodes and unipolar depressive episodes. ...Read more

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Is it true that emotional pain is worse than physical pain?

Is it true that emotional pain is worse than physical pain?

Pain intensity: There is no device currently in use to objectively measure pain. Pain is subjective to the person experiencing it and cannot be accurately be assessed by another person. So your question in unanswerable. ...Read more

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What ssri is the least likely to trigger mania in bipolar...would it be luvox (fluvoxamine) since it is a slightly different ssri?

SSRI and Mania: Among SSRI antidepressants, Paxil (paroxetine) and Luvox are less likely to trigger mania in Bipolar disorder. Wellbutrin SR is supposed to cause mania the least of all antidepressants. Discuss with Psychiatrist Diagnosis, medication benefits and side effects, dose, follow up;; and Therapy for stresses -relationships, marriage, separation, parenting, illness in a family member, work or finances. ...Read more

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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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Psychosis (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more