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what's the difference between regular depression and being manic depressive?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Mania: Regular (or "unipolar") depression just has low moods, not abnormally high ones. In contrast, manic depression, now called bipolar disorder, has low moods as well as mania, or abnormally high moods. These are like being under the influence of a strong stimulant: rapid speech, excitement, poor social judgment, irritability, and often grandiosity.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Mania itself: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do "postpartum" and regular depression differ?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Timing and Cause: Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first 6 weeks after delivery, but it can occur anytime during the first year. Both postpartum and "regular" depression have similar features (depressed mood, appetite and sleep disturbance, mood swings, etc.). In my experience, postpartum depression responds quicker to medical therapy than major depressive disorder. Contact your doctor if needed.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What should I know if I have depression and I want to get pregnant?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Discuss with doctor: Ideally people dealing with depression should have a discussion with their doctor before pregnancy. In some cases the medication can be stopped. In other cases, the medication should be continued or changed after a discussion regarding the potential complications. Depression is serious and often the known risks of untreated depression far outweigh the low risk of fetal exposure to medication.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I treat depression while pregnant?

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Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depression: Of course, this will differ for every person, but the important thing is that it can be treated during pregnancy. For some this will mean adjusting or changing meds. For some, it may mean seeing a therapist or counselor. Your OB can help to coordinate care. Some patients find their symptoms better during pregnancy, but some do not.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Yes: It is often hard to treat and identify, since both can co-exist, however a helpful tip is sudden deterioration in a stable patient with alzheimers.
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Yes . Depression affects large portion of those suffering from dementia and the symptoms can intensify the symptoms and their impact.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can the elderly get depression?

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Dr. Anne Sagalyn
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Psychiatry 40 years experience
Yes: Absolutely, as they endure many losses ( perhaps their own health, death of friends) important with elderly who present w/ new onset memory loss to rule out depression, also known as pseudo-dementia.

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