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Depressive disorders

Depressive disorders: Introduction

Depressive disorders: A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself ... more about Depressive disorders.

Depressive disorders: Depression or its various related conditions. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Depressive disorders is available below.

Depressive disorders: Misdiagnosis

Depressive disorders is a general term for any condition leading to depressive symptoms including depression, bipolar, seasonal affective disorder, and various other disorders. Depressive disorders have a variety of possible diagnostic failures. Simple emotional situations such as grief may be misdiagnosed as depression (though grief can also trigger ...more misdiagnosis »

Symptoms of Depressive disorders

Treatments for Depressive disorders

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Depressive disorders: Related Patient Stories

Depressive disorders: Deaths

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Types of Depressive disorders

Depressive disorders: Complications

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  • Suicide
  • Increased risk of developing bipolar disorder
  • Substance and alcohol abuse
  • Legal problems
  • Financial problems
  • Relationship troubles
  • more complications...»

Causes of Depressive disorders

  • Familial
  • Psychological - Stressful events, as perceived by the individual - job loss, relationship failure, identity change, natural disaster, learned helplessness and hopelessness, extreme feelings, negative thinking patterns.
  • Social- Environment influences the disorder 60-80% of the time
  • Marital problems - in women it can cause depression because they value intimate relationships so much; for men they may withdraw from the relationship
  • Parenting styles
  • more causes...»

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Disease Topics Related To Depressive disorders

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Depressive disorders: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Depressive disorders

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Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by more »

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Depressive disorders: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Depressive disorders

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Prognosis for Depressive disorders

Prognosis for Depressive disorders: There's no sure way to prevent cyclothymia. However, treatment at the earliest indication of a mental health disorder can help prevent cyclothymia from worsening. Long-term preventive treatment also can help prevent minor episodes from becoming full-blown episodes of mania or depression.

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Clinical Trials for Depressive disorders

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Statistics for Depressive disorders

Depressive disorders: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Depressive disorders

A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression. (Source: excerpt from Depression: NIMH)

Definitions of Depressive disorders:

Specific disorder usually appearing in the second or third decade, characterized by symptoms of depression between late fall and early spring, sometimes followed by mania or hypomania; intense light is reportedly therapeutic. - (Source - Diseases Database)


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