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A 43-year-old member asked:

How is manic depression different from bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Same thing: Manic depression is the old term 4 the same illness.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
NOT REALLY: The terms are interchangable. Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. No one knows how it develops, other than a mystery of genetic confluence.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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 38-year-old member asked:

Do those who have bipolar disorder enjoy being manic?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
It's complicated: The short answer is yes, it feels good for people with bipolar to be manic, especially after being depressed. But mania is very destructive and can be devastating to the most meaningful aspects of a persons life. It is often a challenge for people with bipolar to believe that genuine happiness is truly better than mania, but it is. If they stick with treatment they will get it.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It should be noted that due to substance abuse, more people are experiencing mixed states and fewer people are having pure manic states. One may be euphoric when manic but I understand that mixed states feel awful.
Aug 3, 2013
San Jose, CA
A 20-year-old female asked:

I am experiencing mania and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Mania: I am not sure what your question is. However, if you are experiencing uncontrolled mania, it is very important for you to see your psychotropic medication provider as soon as possible. It is very important that this come under control.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes: Depression is a mood disorder that has dysmotivation, sadness, flat affect, disinterest in usually exciting activities (like sex, work, child rearing, volunteerism, housekeeping), irritability, sleep disruption, inability to perform tasks of daily activity, or interaction with friends or family. Bipolar disorder has these symptoms as well, but also has mood swings, extreme irritability, rages, .
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Provided original answer
Edit: mania, sexual disorders, grandiosity, extreme fatigue, inability to function on a daily basis.
Oct 13, 2011
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Provided original answer
Edit: both require treatment. Please see your doctor for adequate assessment and treatment.
Oct 13, 2011
A 35-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Manic Depression is: An older term for bipolar disorder.

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