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what are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
The decade's DSM: About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Interchangable: The terms are interchangeable, with bipolar disorder being the more modern, clinical term. Bipolar disorder refers to extreme swings of mood from depression to mania and back again.

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
You may not know...: It is easy to feel overwhelmed as a new mother--reach out! i would recommend speaking with your obstetrician or social worker at the hospital you had delivered at and informing him/her of your current state of mind and how you are feeling. You should not feel ashamed to talk with your family or doctor about how you are feeling nor should any of your symptoms be dismissed or taken lightly.
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What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

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Dr. Sue Hall
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Pediatrics 38 years experience
Sad and tired: If you find yourself constantly exhausted, unable to sleep, sad at a time when you should be happy with your new baby, not interested in eating, having mood swings, worrying or thinking about harming your baby, you could have postpartum depression. This occurs in 10-20% of women within the first few months after birth. It's more likely if you've had depression before or are under stress.
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What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Depression history: The most common risk factors for post-partum depression are a previous or current treatment for clinical depression, or a family history of clinical depression. However, many women with no risk factors may see their "baby blues" progress to something more...And they should not hesitate to contact their OB for treatment.
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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

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Bipolar: Bipolar is manic depression, both can be manic /depressed/or mixed.
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What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Recognition: Too many people don't see the severity of ppd, or play it down as "baby blues." PPD is common and can be severe. If there is a personal or family history of ppd, depression or anxiety in pregnant woman, then the subject should be brought up regularly with the obstetrician or midwife. Be aware there are numerous help site for this condition. http://www.ppdsupportpage.com/.

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