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Can you clarify what bipolar depression is?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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15 years experience
Mania and depression: Bipolar disorder involves cycles of reduced need for sleep and feeling high without drugs (i.e. "mania") with experiencing clinical depression including possible hopelessness, and lack of motivation. People with bipolar can be treated with both medication and psychotherapy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depression: Bipolar Depression occurs as a phase of bipolar Disorder. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis.**Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present w possible symptoms
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
Aug 8, 2014

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is bipolar depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Bipolar Depression : Is a period of low energy, down mood that lasts at least 2 weeks & occurs in the context of a bipolar disorder. With bipolar disorder a person experiences peaks & lows. The peaks may be manic ^^^ or hypomanic^ episodes. At these times the energy level is ^. The person may be impulsive, think & speak rapidly. There may be periods of normal mood & energy level with bipolar disorder (or not).

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