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What is the definition for the symptoms of clinical depression?

What is the definition for the symptoms of clinical depression?

Not sure what you : Asking. The symptoms of any illness are just that, symptoms. ...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 technical definition of postpartum depression?

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What is the technical definition of postpartum depression?

Depression: Postpartum depression (PPD) is depression that occurs any time within the first year after delivery, although it usually happens within the first 4-5 weeks postpartum. Some symptoms include irritabiity, anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety or panic (especially about one's ability to care for the child), & ambivalent feelings toward the baby. If you think you may have ppd, seek help from your ob. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of coping?

What is the medical definition of coping?

Coping: Coping = efforts made to minimize negative impact of stress, consciously engaging in solving problems & to make situation tolerable. ...Read more

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What is the definition of a psychopath?

What is the definition of a psychopath?

Complex : Complex question to answer briefly. Lack of conscience/guilt and manipulation of others, are hallmark features. Many are charming. Psychopaths can be violent but the majority are not. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of dementia?

What is the medical definition of dementia?

A form of dementia: Dementia are conditions marked by decline in cognitive function & difficulty with daily activity.Alzheimer' s disease, characterized by problems with memory is one type. Exact cause unknown but good general health is better. Risk factors include old age & it runs in some families. Some reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so careful diagnosis is the first step. ...Read more

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What is the definition of health inventory?

What is the definition of health inventory?

Health inventory: health inventory = a review of all or many aspects of a person's health (hospitalizations, DNR status, risk potential for falls, nutrition status, etc.). ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of a psychopath?

What is the medical definition of a psychopath?

No conscience: Little to no conscience or sense of right and wrong, inability to empathize with others, a tendency to objectify people around them, longstanding pre-adolescent troubles with authority figures and the law, an in difference to social mores, impulsivity, manipulates others,and cruelty to people and animals that goes back to childhood,. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of depression?

SSRI and depression.: There are several different options available for the treatment of depression it includes medication, counseling and exercise. The medication commonly used are ssri include Prozac zoloft Paxil (paroxetine) although there are many other classes of medications have been made available.. Recent studies suggest that exercise help in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Counseling sessions are also helpful. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of reverse isolation?

What is the medical definition of reverse isolation?

Reverse isolation: Reverse isolation may be used to protect someone who is immunocompromised. The patient is usually in a room by themself. People who enter the room will usually need to scrub their hands and wear protective gear. Normally food that is not from the hospital and plants can not be brought into that room. ...Read more

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What is the definition of addiction?

What is the definition of addiction?

Complex: This is a difficult to answer in 400 characters. I would say that addiction is defined by the behavior that surrounds drug using behavior. This is different than simple tolerance and dependence. An individual can be dependent upon a drug without having an addiction. Therefore, addiction is more related to the cravings, manipulation, fantasies, motivations, etc. of a substance. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of personality disorder?

What is the technical definition of personality disorder?

Pervasive pattern: a personality disorder is a pervasive dysfunctional pattern of interacting with the larger social world. It impacts one's interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of pro-rex (eating disorder)?

What is the technical definition of pro-rex (eating disorder)?

Eating disorder: It sounds like this is a web site or group for people with eating disorders that tells them that they are fine and should ignore the advice from family, therapists and doctors that they need to get help to treat the eating disorder. Several years ago, it was called pro-ana (for anorexia). If that is what you are referring to, it is very dangerous. ...Read more

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What is the primary hallmark of schizophrenia?

What is the primary hallmark of schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia has positive, negative & cognitive sxs. A person with positive sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of panic disorder please?

What is the technical definition of panic disorder please?

Sxs: Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a sense of a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they. ...Read more

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What is the definition of seizure?

What is the definition of seizure?

Episode of altered: Consciousness. This can involve full loss of consciousness, loss of awareness with amnesia, or variations. A focal motor or sensory seizure however, may preserve awareness and just involve local area if it does not generalize. More than one seizure would be c/w epilepsy. ...Read more

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What is the definition of a neurological disorder?

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What is the definition of a neurological disorder?

Neurological dis.: Diseases of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves), such as Strokes, Seizures, Migraines, etc. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of mental impairment?

What is the medical definition of mental impairment?

Free dictionary says: Please let us know) mental impairment n (law) law (in england, according to the mental health act 1983) a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind, which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning and is associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct mentally impaired adj. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of self-injury?

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What is the medical definition of self-injury?

Self injury: Self-harm, Self-mutilation, or Suicidal behavior. Most terms use Intentional Self-harm. ...Read more

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What is the definition for the symptoms of clinical depression?

Not sure what you : Asking. The symptoms of any illness are just that, symptoms. ...Read more

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How common is clinical depression?

How common is clinical depression?

Very common: About 1 out of every 9 people are clinically depressed and about 1/3 of all people have an episode of depression during their life. ...Read more

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How to know if I have clinical depression?

How to know if I have clinical depression?

Seek psychiatric: Eval. Depression sx’s can include feeling sad, irritable or angry; v in sex drive ; energy or motivation levels. One may socially isolate or stop involvement in normal activities. Sleep, appetite ; weight may ^ or v. Concentration, memory ; self esteem may v with an absence of joy, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. There may be crying spells or thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is clinical depression?

What sort of disease is clinical depression?

Biological Problem: The term "clinical depression" is usually understood to mean a set of symptoms that are thought to be related to changes or problems in brain chemistry. Therefore, clinical or major depression is largely considered to be a physical or biological problem. However, it is clear that environmental factors can either worsen or improve depressive symptoms. ...Read more

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Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Is some form of clinical depression inherited?

Yes: Depression is the result of biopsychosocial factors. Genetics, environment, and your own temperament all play a role. ...Read more

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Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Is there a cure to severe clinical depression?

Yes : It may take awhile to find treatments that work sustainably for you, but please don't lose hope. Psychiatrists know many medications, and combining/augmenting them may arrive at a regimen that truly benefits you. Psychotherapy is an essential part of treatment, and increases effectiveness substantially. There are also transcranial magnetic stimulation, ect, and still other possibilities. ...Read more

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I would like help with my clinical depression?

I would like help with my clinical depression?

Consider seeing a: Psychiatrist, psychologist or your doctor can assess for mood disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. Talking therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is important for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Don’t stagnate at home. Get at least 8 hrs of. ...Read more

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Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Yes, but...: Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients. ...Read more

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Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Could clinical depression go away without meds?

Possibly: Mild to moderate depression can sometimes be treated successfully without psychiatric medications. ...Read more

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How can I help someone with clinical depression?

How can I help someone with clinical depression?

Support, Encourage: The best way to help someone with depression is to simply make sure they know that you care. Look for ways to support and encourage him/her, and also encourage this person to seek out appropriate help. You can also encourage him/her to take care of personal health through diet, exercise, sleep, and consistent routines. ...Read more

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Why does clinical depression need to be treated?

Why does clinical depression need to be treated?

Clnical depression: Because, it's miserable to be depressed on an ongoing basis, isn't it? Would someone choose to continue to suffer if there were an alternative available that can lead to increased happiness? If it's clinical depression, chances are it may not resolve on its own, without professional help. ...Read more

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Can clinical depression be elevated with exercise?

Yes: Exercise is an excellent way to combat the symptoms of depression especially those related to feeling 'paralyzed' with fatigue and excessive sleepiness. It is hard to start working out when depressed but doing it will help. ...Read more

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Is clinical depression a real, biological illness?

Is clinical depression a real, biological illness?

Clinical depression: is as real illness. The etiology, origin, of it is not clear. It most-likely has a biological base but interacts w/lifestyle and attitude. So, a healthy lifestyle of a good food plan, exercise, focusing on life-giving topics and friends, all help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have have clinical depression?

What does it mean to have have clinical depression?

Clinical depression : Is more than a mood or feeling down. It causes other symptoms as can impact function. 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. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of clinical depression?

What are the common symptoms of clinical depression?

Symptoms of: Depression: insomnia or sleeping all the time; lack of energy, drive; sadness; frequent crying; suicidal thoughts; weight loss or gain; social isolation; lack of interest in life; loss of sense of pleasure; loss of sex drive; irritability. See a psychologist or psychiatrist to get an assessment and consider treatment options. ...Read more

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How are clinical depression and depression different?

Potato or POTATO: This question is often analogous to "my nerves being bad" vs "anxiety." in other words, "clinical depression" and "depression" both likely indicate a major depressive episode that warrants clinical attention though the severity may vary depending on the individual using such semantics. ...Read more

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What does clinical depression become major depression?

What does clinical depression become major depression?

Semantics: Major depressive disorder is a diagnosis related to specific criteria. Clinical depression is not an actual diagnosis, but simply a way of distinguishing from depression "situational depression" related to grief or other stressors. ...Read more

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What is diff between clinical depression and the blues?

What is diff between clinical depression and the blues?

It's matter of : Degree. In general, major depression effects you physically as well. So changes in sleep, appetite or energy are what we look for. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could clinical depression be disabling?

Please tell me, could clinical depression be disabling?

YES: Depression, if severe enough, can lead to suicide. If this question is about yourself, get an evaluation from a psychiatrist to help identify what depression means to you and whatever else may be bothering you. Consider recommendations for medication if any are given. Get a referral for a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Meds and therapy combined are most optimal; not just one or the other ...Read more

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Major Depression (Definition)

A severe form of depression, also known as major depression ...Read more