Psychiatry Blog

What is the Definition of Depression?
definition of depression
Defining Depression The Word Depression Depression as a term has multiple meanings:  The first definition of depression may indicate what is called a mood state with feelings such as : melancholy, despair, hopelessness etc.  A depressed mood can be normal such as after suffering a breakup, disappointment or loss. Depressed mood can also be part of a known medical disorder or a symptom of mental illness.  Depression, when referring to a syndrome, represents a group of symptoms
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What is Manic Depression?
what is manic depression
An Overview of Manic Depression Other Names for Manic Depression Manic depression is the term sometimes used to describe what is now called bipolar disorder type 1. Diagnosing Manic Depression It is one of the most disabling mental illnesses. To be diagnosed with manic depression or Bipolar disorder, you must meet criteria for mania AND have had a major depressive episode. Symptoms of Manic Depression The core symptoms of mania are either euphoria or irritability as well
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What is Seasonal Depression?
Seasonal Depression Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called seasonal depression, is a term that describes the tendency for a mood episode, most commonly depression but also can be mania or hypomania, that occurs rhythmically during a particular season.  In this article, I will focus on depression. When does Seasonal Depression Occur? SAD typically occurs in the winter, when daylight hours grow short and the the cold weather starts in most of the country.  Symptoms typically get better
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How to Treat Anxiety
How to Treat Anxiety
How Do Professionals Treat Anxiety? Psychotherapy and medications are the two principal ways to treat anxiety.  Moderate to severe anxiety is typically best treated with both medication and therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, also called CBT).  Let’s discuss two main treatment options: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for Anxiety Medications for Anxiety CBT for Treating Anxiety CBT is considered the gold standard of the treatment of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias.
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