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A 37-year-old female asked:

What's the difference between being manic depressed & being bipolar or are they the same?

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Dr. Terri Faith
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Manic depression/bip: There is no difference between manic depression and bipolar. Manic depression is simply an outdated term for Bipolar Disorder. Some diagnoses and outdated terms are changed as well as the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) . Psychologists consult this manual in order to help diagnose disorders. The current/new one (DSM 5), just came out in 2014/15

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Could I have had manic episode without being bipolar or depressed?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
Yes.: Episodes that are manic are not uncommon, & do not always mean the person will have ongoing bipolar disorder. Many non-intrinsic factors (lifestyle, personality issues, street drugs, etc.) may trigger rare mania that is not truly bpd. But mania should be taken seriously, and be effectively addressed & monitored. By the way, the diagnosis of "bipolar" doesn't require any episodes of depression.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about the difference between manic depression and bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Manic Depression is: An older term for bipolar disorder.
A 31-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between manic depression, bipolar and split personality?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Terms: Manic depression is an older term for bipolar disorder -- a condition with episodes of both depression and mania or hypomania. In hypomania, the person has greatly increased energy, less need for sleep, racing thoughts, etc. Mania has all this plus often psychosis with hallucinations & delusions. "split personality" is a non-medical term describing someone who behaves unpredictably.

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