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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder.
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
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