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Depressive disorders: Definition, types, and contributing factors

Depressive disorders are closely related mental health conditions that cause depressive symptoms. There are multiple contributing factors or circumstances that lead to the development of depression, as opposed to a singular cause.  Some of the most common types of depression include major depressive disorder, substance/medication-induced depressive disorder, peripartum depression, and…

Narcissistic tendencies vs. narcissistic personality disorder (NPD): What’s the difference?

Though both narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and being narcissistic are centered around self-infatuation, there are crucial differences in severity, pervasiveness, and duration. NPD is characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance; these people often lose friends and family due to their self-obsession but are able to replace them quickly due…

10 types of depression: A cheat sheet

Depression can be unipolar or bipolar, induced by psychosocial stressors or medication, characterized by time or features, and much more. Different types of depression demand different treatment protocols, so it can be critical to know what type you have.  Symptom commonalities include intense, prolonged bouts of sadness and anhedonia (loss…

What is depression? Types, depressive episodes, risk factors, and more

Depression is a common but serious mental health condition that affects around 8% of Americans annually. Depression causes fatigue, sadness, apathy, decreased interest in social activities, chronic pain, weight loss/gain, and more.  Depression is a common term for a set of closely related depressive disorders, which share similar symptoms, but…

Panic disorder: How to identify symptoms and find treatment

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by unexpected panic attacks. Most panic attack symptoms are physical, involving cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and vestibular systems.  Panic disorder results in more medical visits than any other anxiety disorder. CBT and mindfulness interventions are the best treatments for panic disorder. Imagine that you’re…

Borderline personality disorder symptoms and perspectives (Updated)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder characterized by impaired functioning, serious personality changes, and emotional lability People with this condition typically struggle to maintain stable  relationships and self-image. BPD is associated with numerous other psychiatric conditions, including depression, substance use disorder, and anxiety disorders.  Environmental and social factors…

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