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What is the difference between depression and negative symptoms? s

Hey guys, as above thoughts?

I was initially diagnosed with depression (when I was about 20). So even doctors have a tough time telling the difference.

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Just speaking for myself, I break it down like this.

Depression for me means a hopeless attitude, my thoughts often turn dark and suicidal, heavy sludge of a hole, and an emptiness.

Negatives tend to be my dulled emotions, my lack of wanting to bother with this life, my lack of enjoyment, my inability to notice goal driven activities.

They can certainly overlap with symptoms.

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Sometimes it hard to tell the difference

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Same around that age, major depressive disorder with psychotic features. Wasn’t until I was 32 that I started antipsychotics.

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It is a difficult question, because they overlap a lot. The core symptom of depression is anhedonia, but it is also a prominent part of negative symptoms. However, some things, like blunted/flattened emotions are more characteristic of negative symptoms than depression. But to make the question even more difficult, schizoid personality disorder is composed of what is more or less identical to the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and dissociative disorders can also blunt emotions.

-Albert.

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I was also diagnosed with mdd w psychotic features at first but they gave me antipsychotics

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I talked to a Pdoc at the time. I told him about the angels, the reason I did a bad thing, he sat with me for about 5-10 minutes and put me on Zoloft.

That was the end of that episode, I had too much work to do taking care of my grandmother with cancer at home. Was a shitty time.

Things are worlds better now a days with proper medication.

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