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Can psychologists diagnose depression?
A doctor diagnoses depression by establishing the existence of some classical signs that indicate a person may be depressed instead of just sad: * You either want to slee…p all of the time, or you cannot sleep more than just a few hours every night * You have either gained a significant amount of weight or lost it * You no longer enjoy doing the things you used to enjoy, and have no interest in things you used to love doing * You do not feel like being with friends and loved ones, and just want to go somewhere and hide * Your feelings are affecting your life to such an extent that friends and family have noticed and remarked upon the change in you * You can't stop crying * You never seem to have any energy * You find yourself thinking of harming yourself or killing yourself * You think that there is something wrong with you, or that you are a bad person These are some of the questions your doctor will ask. Depression is different from normal sadness or grief in that it often affects you for no good reason; depressed people do not always have a reason to feel sad. Depression also lasts for weeks and often months, while sadness and grief are short-term situations that do not trap you into a cycle of negative feelings. A doctor's diagnosis should allow for some normal types of sadness which answers to the following questions can determine. Have you been: * Crying because someone has died, or is very sick? * Crying because you got some very bad news? * Feeling sad and lonely because you had to move away from your friends, or they moved away from you? * Feeling sad and lonely on the anniversary of someone's death, or on major holidays when you think about the person who died? * Feeling sad because you did something wrong? * Feeling sad because a loved one is suffering? * Feeling sad because you read a sad book or see a sad movie? A lack of normal, emotional, caring responses can be an indication of complex underlying problems in some people. Sometimes people predisposed to depression can experience a period of extreme optimism and euphoria, and enjoy a natural "high" until this wears off and is followed by a period of extreme pessimism and depression. Where this becomes a recurring pattern a doctor may diagnose a person with bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression). Seasonally Acquired Depression (SAD) is another type of depression a doctor will diagnose by observing that the onset of the condition coincides with the reduced hours and lower intensity of sunlight that accompanies the winter months. Treatment may include time spent exposed to special lighting each day or the use of herbal or prescription medicines.
Yes, the person with severe depression and anxiety is definitely sane. Depression is not related to being insane. Depression is a medical condition where the person's neuro-…transmitters (substances necessary for the brain to function at a healthy level) are out of balance. The levels of these neurotransmitters can be adjusted or corrected by medications. This is no different than people who have thyroid disease and need synthetic thyroxin to correct the problem; or those who have diabetes or heart conditions that require medication to adjust or correct the problem. Severe depression can be treated by a variety of helpful methods. Sometimes when a person does not wish to have treatment, they might require hospitalization until the illness is under control. This again is similar to those with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. The patient is certainly not considered insane. Anxiety is something we all experience from childhood throughout life. A person who is ill very often feels particularly anxious about a variety of things. A person with severe depression is no different. However, a person suffering from depression might be more prone to anxiety unless the underlying problems that triggered the depression are treated. This usually requires a combination of medication and psychological counseling. I am speaking from a position of knowledge and experience. I have been diagnosed with severe depression for the past 19 years. Anxiety over being good enough, being accepted by others, fear of rejection, etc. are commonly associated with depression. Does this mean that I am insane? Most certainly NOT. It does mean that I must faithfully take my medication and I need to talk through all my fears and anxieties more than those who are not depressed. Did I become depressed through some inadequacies in my character? Most certainly NOT. In fact, I have heard from more than one therapist that I am a very strong person to have survived the events of my life, which included physical and mental abuse by both parents for 20 years and emigrating to start a new life. I have raised two amazing and well adjusted daughters and reached the top of my profession. I have also held public office and was considered to be a fair and honest judge of situations and able to make rational decisions - often better than the other board members who might be considered sane. There is a great deal of misinformation available to those that fear people who have the mental health condition called "depression." There is such a stygma associated with mental health that people are often afraid to go for help. The term "depression" has been so misused that those who suffer from this devastating illness are lumped in with the common condition known as "the blues" and are told to "get over it". As I once told my mother-in-law, "Why don't you tell your husband to get over his Parkinson's disease and high blood pressure?" In the past, patients with thyroid disease were considered to be insane. Just imagine that! Today they are treated with a daily pill of synthetic thyroxine. I believe that we might be better served if mental and physical health issues were treated under the same umbrella and just called Health. We don't separate out diabetics, cancer patients, or cardiac patients, so why stygmatize those with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, etc. Believe me, those of us with severe depression and/or anxiety disorder are certainly ill AND we are also SANE.
Here are the specific guidelines according to the DSM-IV: This disorder is characterized by the presence of the majority of these symptoms: Depressed mood mos…t of the day, nearly every day, as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad or empty) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful). (In children and adolescents, this may be characterized as an irritable mood.) Markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day Significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain (e.g., a change of more than 5 of body weight in a month), or decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day. Insomnia or hypersomnia nearly every day Psychomotor agitation or retardation nearly every day Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day Feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt nearly every day Diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness, nearly every day Recurrent thoughts of death (not just fear of dying), recurrent suicidal ideation without a specific plan, or a suicide attempt or a specific plan for committing suicide. Here's what all that means! Depression is an illness which cannot be diagnosed by a test result or lab value. Diagnosis depends solely upon your reports to the doctor on the way you feel. This is a very subjective way to diagnose something, and there is a good possibility that someone could exaggerate or downplay their symptoms and obtain an incorrect diagnosis. The symptoms of clinical depression are different from those of normal sadness or grief, which are caused by a reaction to crisis or tragedy, run through a normal emotional process, and then dissipate. Clinical depression must last for at least two weeks. This mood must represent a change from the normal mood and emotional outlook of the person. Depression caused or aggravated by drugs, alcohol, or chronic illness are not considered to be clinical depression because they have a clear cause. Clinical depression includes feeling sad almost all of the time , and losing interest in things you used to enjoy. You feel hopeless or worthless almost all of the time. You have feelings of guilt about things for which you could not be responsible. You have a lower ability to think and reason, or feelings of indecisiveness almost all the time. You might sleep all of the time, or you might have trouble sleeping at all. You might lose your appetite, or you might eat more than normal. You might feel sluggish and slowed down, or you might have the opposite reaction and feel anxious and jittery. The clincher for diagnosing depression is suicidal thoughts. You are considered to be depressed if you have continued thoughts about death, thoughts about how you would kill yourself; or if you have actually made a suicide plan or attempted to kill yourself. Answer You can alleviate some of the symptoms by eating a balanced diet (no sugar, no soda, low fat), limiting sleep to 8-9 hours, getting exercise (such as a half hour walk), doing something you enjoy for at least 15 minutes (a craft?) and talking with someone about anything. It takes focus, so maybe a list or chart will help you on your way.
A psychologist who tries to help factory workers who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders is practicing?
Type of psychologists who focus on helping people with psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression?
It depends on the treatment that you would like to receive. The psychological approach uses more therapy and suggestive treatments in combination with medicine then a Psychiat…rist. A Psychiatrist is more of a trained Doctor whose studies closely relate to a Psychologist. In truth, they are both alike, but differ as the psychiatrist will take the more clinical approach when diagnosing and you may be then treated with a preferred drug regimen. Psychologist take a more practical approach by combining medication along with predetermined psychotherapies in order to give a more well-rounded treatment plan. The choice is yours when it comes to picking your physician. Also, researching your physician and caregivers gives you more valid insight before stepping in to an unknown situation. Please take care on your way to wellness. Thank you.
Psychology : the science of mind and behavior; the mental and behavioral characterstics of an individual or group. So a Psychologist is the person who studys that.. In additi…on, one difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist is that the Psychiatrist can prescribe medication where the other does not.
By helping them express their feelings.
Can you collect unemployment benefits if diagnosed with depression and anxiety directly related to your job?
To collect unemployment benefits you must be ready, willing, and able to work. If you are not, you may fare better applying for disability benefits, if your problems are docum…ented by a health professional and pervasive enough to qualify you. Many states will not provide unemployment benefits to individuals who voluntarily quit their job without cause (where "cause" is something about the environment that a reasonable person would not tolerate). You may have "cause", and then you may not have "cause" - it depends on the specifics of the rules of the state you are applying in, and the specifics of your situation. There is nothing to lose by filing for unemployment benefits and letting the agency make the decision. Make sure you document everything very specifically so they have all the pertinent information before making a decision.
Answer No, although depression may be caused by a serotonin imbalance, this cannot be diagnosed with a blood test. In order for that to work, you wo…uld have to look at the amount of seretonin actually in the brain.
Answer There are many different types of psychologists out there. The type that people are most familiar with is a clinical psychologist. These people help to diag…nose and treat, using behavioral and cognitive strategies, various types of mental illness. There are many more types of psychologists than just clinical however. There are experimental psychologists, who run experiments on individual to test their hypotheses (and they can be from numerous backgrounds, including biological, cognitive, social, etc) In addition there are school psychologists that deal mainly with children and learning, I/O or Industrial/Organizational psychologists who mainly work in industry, etc. There are also many sub-types of psychologists, and depending on type almost cross-over into biologists, sociologists, anthropologists, or medical professionals.
yes it is possible. Bipolar is very difficult to diagnose, especially in teens. Bipolar has similar aspects as ocd. infact Bipolar has many other traits similar to many,many o…ther disorders, that's why it is so hard to diagnose. But yes it is possible. hope this helps
60% of the u.s. has been diagnosed with depression each year.
im not certain but in 2012 the murder rate was only 1/6 of the suicide rate with 3000 and murders only 500