A 46-year-old member asked:
Are bipolar disorder and depression related?
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Dr. Paul Pancner answered
17 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan.
Answered on Dec 16, 2018
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