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what is the difference between having bipolar disorder and having bipolar depression?

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Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Psychiatry 38 years experience
None: Having bipolar disorder implies that you have two (bi) poles of the disorder which include depression and mania or hypo mania which is a milder form of mania. Bipolar depression only signifies which pole is predominant during that episode of the disorder.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Bipolar depression is a type of bipolar disorder when pt. Is in phase of depression.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Bipolar: Bipolar disorder is the more accurate term, and actual diagnosis. 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.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: A depression is an episode of bipolar disorder. It is called bipolar because there are 2 poles: a mania in which energy is too high and thoughts too fast, and a depression. A bipolar depression just means a depression in someone who suffers from bipolar disorder.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
One pole: Bipolar disorder refers to an illness with both depressions and manias which occur over time, so bipolar depression refers to one pole of bipolar disorder.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Bipolar shows episodes of mania alternating with episodes of depression. Being in depressed phase, u need evaluation for possible adjunctive antidepressant.
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Periods of mania: In addition to episodes of depression bipolar pts have episodes of hyperactivity impulsiveness irritability suspended judgement hyper sexuality euphoria etc this is important because bipolar pts do better on mood stabilizers and antidepressants may push them into a manic episode.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How are bipolar disorder, and bipolar depression different?

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Dr. Barbara Srur
Psychiatry 42 years experience
BPD = general term: There are several kinds of bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode.A website, www.Bipolar.Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Help please? What is the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

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Dr. Adam Tripp
Psychiatry 15 years experience
Nothing: People who have bipolar disorder may be depressed and have bipolar depression or have mania and bipolar hypomania or mania, but even when they have an even mood they still have bipolar disorder.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Bipolar: Bipolar disorder is an overall mood disorder which includes episodes of both mania and depression. Bipolar depression is just one of the "poles" of the disorder. Treatment with mood stabilizing medications can often help with both mania and depression in bipolar disorder. Depression is often more chronic than manic episodes, and can cause more ongoing suffering.

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