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can you clarify what bipolar depression is?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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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 25 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 25 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.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What're the symptoms of bipolar depression?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Variable: Bipolar depression is like unipolar depression, but more likely to include hypersomnia than insomnia. People with bipolar also can have mixed episodes which include symptoms of both mania and depression usually with pronounced irritability.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are different medication for bipolar depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Quite a few: Mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants are often used.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What do you recommend on how to cope with someone who has schizophinia/bipolar/depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Support group: Join a local or on-line support group. It is very difficult when someone you love has a severe mental disorder. The support groups will educate you, help you to cope and get you in touch with other people who really understand. Take care.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

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Dr. Marvin Miller
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Similar: Bipolar 2 illness has periodic depressions and some periods of mild mania. Bipolar depression just refers to the depressed part of the mood swings.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is bipolar depression?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 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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