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What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

What is the difference between clinical depression and just depression?

Terms: Clinical depression, or major depression, consists of at least two weeks of feeling depressed alongside 4 of the following: changes in sleep, changes in appetite, low energy, poor concentration, feelings of guilt, lack of enjoyment, suicidal thoughts, and moving slower/faster than normal. Feeling sad or down just by itself is generally normal. ...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 difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

What is the difference between melancholic depression and clinical depression?

Semantics: Melancholia is a term dating back to the 4 humors recognized by the ancient greeks & continued for millennia. The current preferred medical terminology is clinical depression or major depressive disorder. But it's just a matter of words, all meaning the same thing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and reactive depression?

What is the difference between clinical depression and reactive depression?

Not a diagnosis : Clinical depression is not a formal diagnosis, it just means depression (whatever the cause) is severe enough to warrant treatment. "reactive" depression is a reaction to a specific event-- a loss, a specific life setback or stress-- in someone who had not previously been experiencing depression. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

What is the difference between clinical depression and dysthymic disorder?

A few specifics: Clinical depression is a term that can encompass a number of so-called depressive disorders found in the dsm-iv-tr. They typically involve symptoms like depressed mood, loss of interest, sleep changes, sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and others. Dysthymic disorder is a more specific depressive disorder involving low-grade depression more days than not for 2 years in adults, 1 year in children. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression and anxiety and ptsd?

What is the difference between depression and anxiety and ptsd?

Mood vs trauma: Depression and anxiety are both mood disorders. PTSD is a disorder that occurs after severe life-threatening trauma. Anxiety and depression can and most of the time are part of PTSD. Depression and anxiety, on the other hand, do not at all have to be related to life threatening trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psychotic and depression?

Dep./Psy.: Psychosis is a thought disorder. Depression is a mood disorder. Person can have both, if diagnosis is major depression with psychotic features. ...Read more

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What's the difference between clinical depression and depression.

Same Condition: They may be used interchangeably and both are benefited by talk therapy and sometimes medication. If feeling sad, isolated, irritable, hopeless, sleeping too much or not enough, tired, or having thoughts of death- any symptom is serious. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression and just being sad?

What is the difference between depression and just being sad?

Typical person test: Sadness is a normal human emotion expressed under appropriate psychosocial circumstances. Depression is a disorder that causes one to derive no pleasure out of usual activities, to be unmotivated, to not care, to be unproductive. To see gloom where there is none. To be flat, unable to have appropriate emotion. If youre concerned about being depressed, see your doctor right away. It's treatable. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

I want to know what is the difference between "clinical" depression and mild/major depression?

Mostly just words: Major depression is a diagnosis -symptoms that meet specific criteria. Mild means it is mild-not severe. Clinical depression is a term that means in actual fact you feel "depressed"-typically sad, hopeless, maybe some biological symptoms of sleep, appetite, energy and thinking problems -mild suggests that one is not suicidal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

Periods of mania: In addition to episodes of depression bipolar pts have episodes of hyperactivity impulsiveness irritability suspended judgement hyper sexuality euphoria etc this is important because bipolar pts do better on mood stabilizers and antidepressants may push them into a manic episode. ...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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What is the difference between mania and psychosis?

What is the difference between mania and psychosis?

A lot.: Mania is a state of hyperactivity and excitability both physically and mentally that impairs normal functioning, decision making and social interaction. As mania progresses a person may become aggressive, self destructive, even suicidal or homicidal. Often psychosis occurs where one may be delusional, paranoid and hallucinatory.Grandiosity, insomnia days at a time and foolish spending are common. ...Read more

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What is the specific difference between psychotic depression and schizoaffective?

What is the specific difference between psychotic depression and schizoaffective?

Psychosis timing: For those with major depression with psychosis, the key is that the psychotic symptoms never persist after the depression goes away. Schizoaffective disorder results in psychotic symptoms occurring without and independent of depressive symptoms as well as with them. ...Read more

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What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

Overlapping terms: "chronic depression" simply means the depression has be persistently present for a long time, typically years or longer. "unipolar depression" means that the person only has depression, as opposed to bipolar affective disorder, where both depression & mania occur. The formal terminology is major depression, with various modifiers that describe severity, duration, & persistence, etc.. ...Read more

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What is the difference between psychotherapist and clinical psychologist?

What is the difference between psychotherapist and clinical psychologist?

Doctor of psychology: Psychotherapy is defined as a therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a patient; family, couple or group. It may be performed by psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, school counselors, art therapists, etc. Clinical psychologists are doctors that specialize in diagnosing psychological dysfunction; psychological testing; and psychotherapy services. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

What is the difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

Part of a whole: Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of "lows" and periods of "highs". The "lows" are sometimes referred to as bipolar depression or depressive episodes. The highs are sometimes referred to as bipolar mania or manic episodes. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

Sadness vs depressio: Sadness is a symptom of the syndrome of depression, but can be just an isolated fact in a period of life if not accompanied by, among others, insomnia or sleeping life away, excessive fatigue, loss of appetite or excessive appetite, loss of pleasure in doing things you used to like, feeling bad about self, feeling guilty....If sadness lasts too long and too severe, it will lead to depression. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

What is the main difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

One pole, or two?: A depressive disorder is a "unipolar" mood disorder. This means that there's only one pole--the south pole (depressed). A bipolar mood disorder has two poles--the south pole (depression) and the north pole (mania, which includes a persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood). ...Read more

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What is the difference betweeen psychiatric and psychologic?

What is the difference betweeen psychiatric and psychologic?

Psych.: Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (md) treating patients with mental illnesses, both thru therapy & managing medications. Psychologist is a phd who treats similar patients thru psychotherapy & can perform psychological testing if qualified to do so. Both disciplines work very close to provide quality care to patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Major Depression (Definition)

A more severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn't the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such ...Read more