A 34-year-old member asked:
Does a depressive state always come right after a manic state in bipolar disorder? is there an in-between period?
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Not necessarily. Person can be euthymic between episodes.
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Child Psychiatry 22 years experience
Not always: Although a depressive episode commonly follows a manic episode, this is not always the case. It is certainly possible for there to be an "in-between" period, or even another manic episode occur next, rather than a depressive episode. Manic and depressive episodes do not always alternate. It's not unusual to have several consecutive depressive or manic episodes in between periods of "normal" moods.
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Psychiatry 57 years experience
No: Some bipolar pts have mainly depressive episodes & others mainly manic spells--there are intervals of normal mood states in most cases.
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