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Dr. TRUC DAO Dr. DAO
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What is the main difference between sadness and depression?

Dr. TRUC DAO Dr. DAO
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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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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 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 between psychotic and depression?

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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 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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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 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 main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

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What is the main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

Educational track: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who after completing their graduate courses specialize in the field of psychiatry. Being physicians they are licensed to precribe medications. Psychologists on the other hand studied normal psychology and psychological disorders in a non medical domain. In the usa psychologist can treat mental illness but are not licensed to prescribe medications. ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizoprenia and psychosis?

What is the difference between schizoprenia and psychosis?

Similar: Schizophrenia is a disease characterized by either hallucinations and/or delusions-which are called psychosis. The main difference is that most all schizophrenics have some form of psychosis or disordered thoughts, but not all with psychosis have schizophrenia. There may be 100 different conditions which can cause psychosis. Psychosis is a symptom, like a fever is a symptom which has many causes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between paranoia and megalomania and what is the link between them ?

What is the difference between paranoia and megalomania and what is the  link between them ?

Paranoia is: a generalized suspicion that other people are talking about us or plotting against us. Megalomania is a craving for power over others or entire groups of people. The two conditions overlap. Hitler is an example of both. Always check out suspicions first and avoid assumptions when questioning the motives of others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the difference between dementia and mania?

What is the difference between dementia and mania?

Difference: Dementia refers to brain degeneration, such as either Alzheimers (which involves plaques that build up in the brains cells and structures, or dementia because of restricted or otherwise disrupted blood flow to the brain. Mania refers to a neurotransmitter imbalance that markedly elevates mood, occasionally to the point of the sufferer becoming psychotic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between panic and anxiety?

What is the difference between panic and anxiety?

Physical symptoms: Panic (attack) is a type of anxiety. Anxiety is excessive worry or apprehension that causes feelings of restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, fatigueness, and muscle tension. Whereas, panic is intense fear or discomfort that occurs abruptly resulting in heart papitations, sweating, trembling, chest pain, breathing difficulty, dizziness, fear of dying, nausea. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between depression and schizoid personality disorder?

What is the main difference between depression and schizoid personality disorder?

Big difference: While schizoid personality refers to a relatively set way of integrating information, processing and outward behaviors (i.e. Personality), depression refers to very specific symptoms that cause dysfunction in daily life. These symptoms can affect sleep, eating, energy, interest in life. While people with schizoid personality can get depressed, they are usually not affected by their traits. ...Read more

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What is the difference between catatonia and "emotional unavailability"?

What is the difference between catatonia and "emotional unavailability"?

Difference: Catatonia refers to a state of schizophrenia where the patient doesn't move, appears like a statue, and has no emotional expression on their face. Emotionally unavailable can refer to a preoccupied person, a person whose emotions are effectively in deep freeze of sorts due to trauma, or a person who has schizoid personality disorder the hallmark of which is indifference to relationships. ...Read more

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What is the difference between catatonia and emotional unavailability?

What is the difference between catatonia and emotional unavailability?

A big difference: Catatonia is an uncommon, severe and life threatening psychiatric condition. Usually in the context of severe mood disorders. It involves inability to speak, marked reduction in physical movement, not eating or drinking. Emotional unavailability is a pop sort of term for someone who is not terribly communicative, doesn't want to interact with others, perhaps avoids emotional attachments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between moodiness and bipolar disorder?

What is the difference between moodiness and bipolar disorder?

Moodiness: Bipolar is extreme moodiness (for comparison purpose) & interferes with daily functioning. Also, moodiness can mean situational mood shifts or cycling. ...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 schizoids and psycopaths?

What is the difference between schizoids and psycopaths?

Tossing names around: There are a lot of people that toss around those terms freely,and harmfully, without a true understanding of their meaning. Do you mean schizophrenia or a schizoid personality disorder. The most reliable current answer can be found in the DSM-5. Meaning of both of these terms has changed with time. See Wikipedia for articles on schizophrenia, psychopathy and schizoid personality disorder. ...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 major depression with melancholia and major depression?

What is the difference between major depression with melancholia and major depression?

A subtype: Melancholia is a subtype of depresson which generally is more severe with lack of reactivity in mood. There are more physical symptoms of no drive, motivation, apathy but can have a dramatic change from am to pm with much worse mood in the am. Melancolic depression is less responsive to therapy alone and often requires multiple medications or ect. ...Read more

Sadness (Definition)

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an ...Read more