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A 41-year-old member asked:

manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
These are different: Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps.
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Diagnosis: Major depressive disorder is characterized by depressive symptoms that negatively effect quality of life. Manic depressive disorder is a historical term for what is now bipolar effective disorder. This may include episodes of depression but is characterized by episodes of mania To stay consistent some refer to major depressive disorder as unipolar depression.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Bipolar: Manic depression, known clinically as Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. Major depressive disorder is only major depression, without any mania.

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Could I have the postpartum depression five months after my delivery?

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Dr. David Fein
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Yes: Post-partum depression can occur up to a year after delivery. Please do not hesitate to talk to your ob/gyn or primary care doctor if you think that symptoms of depression are starting to affect your health and well-being.
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How can I breastfeed if I have post-partum depression?

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Dr. Laura Webb
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Focus on baby: 10-40% of women suffer from PPD after giving birth. Many find it difficult to continue breastfeeding. Realize that breastfeeding has significant health benefits for baby as well as for mom. During bf oxytocin is released, which is a natural antidepressant. This may help those with ppd. If you are taking antidepressants talk with your dr about risks/benefits of continuing to breastfeed.
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Postpartum "Blues" occurs in 40-80% of women after giving birth. It's less intense and long-lasting than Post Partum Depression, which has point prevalence 5 to 9%, & lifetime risk of 10-25%.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What should I know if I am pregnant and taking medication for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Check with your MD: Many women with bipolar disorder have taken psychiatric medications during their pregnancies and have had successful outcomes. However, some medications are known to be unsafe in pregnancy, but other, newer medications are considered safer -- so, along with close medical supervision by your psychiatrist and obstetrician, you can lessen risk factors and experience a normal, healthy pregnancy.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the incidence of depression in pregnancy?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition, the incidence has been estimated at anywhere from 5-25%. If there are any concerns about possible depression, have a conversation with your provider.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Anxiety disorders overlap but are also about 20%
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

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Dr. John Holmberg
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Bipolar vs. major: The key difference between manic-depressive (a.K.A., bipolar) and major depression are the swings in mood. Depression can include anxiety and irritability but not mania (i.e., pressured thoughts & speech, impulsivity, low need for sleep, highly focused behaviors). There are forms of bipolar without mania. If you're worried about yourself, friend or loved one, talk with your doctor. Reach out!

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