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manic depression vs major depression

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Dr. Karen Butler
21 years experience Family Medicine
Go see doctor: You need to see the prescribing doctor right away
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leslie Howell
20 years experience psychiatry
Differences: With manic depression (aka bipolar), you will have episodes of mania (high energy, euphoria, impulsivity, irritability) as well as episodes of depress ... Read More
Dr. Andrew Berry
14 years experience Clinical Psychology
Bipolar: By definition, manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder is a combination of depression and mania. Unipolar is typically thought of as one or th ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gerstman
31 years experience Psychiatry
Lability: Bipolar disorder has discrete periods of depression in addition to discrete periods of feeling "too good".
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Dr. Kevin Passer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
Bipolarvs Depression: Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is ... Read More
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
36 years experience Psychiatry
Mania: By definition, in bipolar disorder th person must have had one episode of mania or mixed presentation.
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar disorder: Presents with periods of major depression ; periods of elevated mood or irritability and high energy. If both the diagnoses were for this period of ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
57 years experience Psychiatry
Manic episode: A person has to have had a manic episode to be considered to have a bipolar disorder. A person has to meet criteria for major depression to have that ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
Not exactly: It's certainly possible for someone with bipolar disorder to be depressed, and the symptoms of the current episode could be very like major depression ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Barbara Lavi
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Good question: Sometimes bipolar is missed at 1st and seen as depression with mood swings. It may take a major manic episode for the true diagnosis to be clear. Howe ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Consult: Good day. Changes to your psychiatric treatment should only be made with careful consideration of your symptoms and current health status. Abrupt and ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Liebowitz
39 years experience Psychiatry
Yes, often does: Mood disorder has to do with symptoms you experience while personality disorder has to do with a pattern of difficulty with relationships. A chronic ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Felix Brizuela
32 years experience Neurology
Mood disorder: Many argue that many cases of depression are a form of bipolar disease. specially if your mood fluctuates. instead of going from extreme highs to lo ... Read More
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