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What is bipolar depression?

What is bipolar depression?

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). ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What're the symptoms of bipolar depression?

What're the symptoms of bipolar depression?

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. ...Read more

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Can you clarify what bipolar depression is?

Can you clarify what bipolar depression is?

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. ...Read more

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Does lithium work also for bipolar depression?

Does lithium work also for bipolar depression?

Lithium: Lithium is a mood stabilizer that works for bipolar disorder to lessen extremes of mania and depression. "Bipolar depression" is a term that doesn't really describe anything. ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for bipolar depression?

What is a good medicine for bipolar depression?

Bipolar depression: While depression can be treated by an antidepressant, need to be careful of going mania. so mood stabilizers are the best options for this. Lamictal, Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol among others. Lamictal helps Bipolar depression while others help stabilize mood from going into mania. Need to cover with mood stabilizer in addition to depression Rx. See a psychiatrist to help with med selection ...Read more

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What can they do at bipolar/depression meetings?

Talk and support: Most likely it will be a "support group" where people with bipolar/depression talk about how they manage life and the inherent limitations of bipolar/depression. If you join a "process group" there will be a moderator who helps group members look at how they are interacting with each other. ...Read more

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How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

Episode vs type: Bipolar 2 is the disease, often with hypomanic or mixed episodes rather than frank manic episodes. "bipolar depression" is simply a depressive episode for someone who has bipolar I or bipolar ii disease. ...Read more

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What are the causes of death from bipolar depression?

What are the causes of death from bipolar depression?

Suicide is one: The risk of suicide is high in bipolar depression due to highly impulsive behaviors. Not to mention other results of self destructive behaviors. Drug use and so on. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar D/O tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

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. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder, and bipolar depression different?

BPD = general term: There are several kinds of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode. A website, www. Bipolar. Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

Part of a whole: Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of "lows" and periods of "highs". The "lows" are sometimes referred to as bipolar depression or depressive episodes. The highs are sometimes referred to as bipolar mania or manic episodes. ...Read more

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Do the daylight mood lights really work for bipolar depression?

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Phototherapy: If used as directed, they are effective treatments to therapy for treating seasonal affective disorders ; some bipolar type 2 (cyclothymic disorder). ...Read more

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Please answer! What medication is used to treat bipolar depression?

Many: Bipolar disorder requires mood stabilizing medications such as lithium, depakote, tegretol, lamictal, etc. Sometimes antipsychotics like seroquel, risperdal, and zyprexa are used also, especially when the person is paranoid, delusional, or hallucinating. Latuda (lurasidone) also has an fda indication on its own for bipolar depression. Psychiatrists try to stay away from antidepressants in such cases. ...Read more

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Could there be a difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

Could there be a difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

Yes/no: "bipolar" circumscribes the multiple types (and severities) of bipolar depression - i, ii, cyclothymia, etc. Symptomatology can include both the manic (or hyper excited) as well as the depressed phase.

Bipolar depression refers to the depressed phase of the illness. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to fight against the lows of bipolar depression?

By taking your Meds: Your best bet of overcoming that is to stay on your medications if you were prescribed some. If not then I would say it is definitely a good idea to get evaluated and stay connected with a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

One pole: Bipolar disorder refers to an illness with both depressions and manias which occur over time, so bipolar depression refers to one pole of bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What to do if I have weird feelings from taking lithium for bipolar/depression?

What to do if I have weird feelings from taking lithium for bipolar/depression?

Please let: Your physician/ psychiatrist know how you are feeling. Be specific when describing this and /or any side effects. Take care. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

Nothing: People who have bipolar disorder may be depressed and have bipolar depression or have mania and bipolar hypomania or mania, but even when they have an even mood they still have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and having bipolar depression?

What is the difference between having bipolar disorder and having bipolar depression?

None: Having bipolar disorder implies that you have two (bi) poles of the disorder which include depression and mania or hypo mania which is a milder form of mania. Bipolar depression only signifies which pole is predominant during that episode of the disorder. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bipolar depression and it's been a lot worse than normal lately. I can't afford medicine for it, am I pretty much stuck?

Treating bipolar: PLEASE!! - tell your doctor about your financial situation - he/she may be able to find a generic medication that can treat your condition Also - if they want a brand name medication many pharmaceutical companies have low income/indigent programs. Lastly check with your county or state mental health office - sometimes they have grant programs. ...Read more

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Do people ever get put in a mental institution for bipolar/depression?

Do people ever get put in a mental institution for bipolar/depression?

Yes, if severe: If the severity of the mental illness is such that it is endangering yourself or the lives of others, you can be placed in an institution against your will. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

What's the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder has different phases of illness, and different levels of intensity. Bipolar patients may have more depression episodes than mania or hypomania. Also, depressions in bipolar disorder may be without, or with, psychotic features. Psychotic features may include hallucinations & delusions with themes of personal inadequacy, guilt, disease, death, nihilism, or deserving punishment. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I want to pretend to have bipolar/depression disorder let me explain!?

Why: They are both serious and potentially life threatening conditions. The conscious decision to fain any illness is either for monetary/material gain or to fulfill the need to assume the sick role. The latter is in need of psychotherapy. The former can't be justified. ...Read more

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What is the difference between major depression and bipolar depression are they similar or not?

What is the difference between major depression and bipolar depression are they similar or not?

Bi/Unipolar: Bipolar disorder "is also know as manic (hyper) depression (sad, depressed). Uni means "one" and is used to refer to the depression w/out mania. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Over sensitivity to several brands of (AAP). what is probability that 1st gen (AP) would have better tolerance for bipolar depression?

No Basis: There are no first generation antipsychotics that work for Bipolar Depression. Try Latuda (lurasidone) or Symbiax (zyprexa+prozac) or take Lithium. It might help you to get pharmacogenomic testing to see how you metabolize medications. It won't help for efficacy but will give some suggestions for tolerability. Otherwise just start at lower dosages. ...Read more

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Bipolar/depression- what's the best way to help them during their depressed episodes they go through? How can I be a supportive person?

Listen and support: I think it is most important to continue to encourage them to stay connected with both their psychiatric treatment as well as their social support system as disruption of either can lead to deterioration. Medicines can be essential to stability although it can also be helpful to make sure they are able to get the essentials like getting enough sleep! being authentic and listening can help. ...Read more

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I just briefly think may have bipolar depression cos one minute I'm fine next minute I'm just angry. If I'm stressed out max would this cos to feel bp?

Stress: Does not cause bi-polar but it can cause symptoms to flair up. Go see a top notch psychiatrist and tell them about your symptoms, medical history and most importantly some would say your family history (ask about this before you go) One tends to inherit Major Depression and Bipolar Disease. Every one gets mad and sad at times in response to stress. ...Read more

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Questions how can dr diagnose you with something & give u patient a medication that u got from app work. Believe im suffering from bipolar depression?

What is "app work"?: If you feel you have episodes of mania as well as depression that may meet DSM-V criteria for Bipolar Disorder, have someone document them by video to show your psychiatrist or seek a second psychiatric opinion. Also, establish long-term therapy with a psychologist who has expertise in mood disorders, as you'll probably have more frequent therapy sessions than medication management visits. ...Read more

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How does a doctor determin if you are bipolar depression?

History: This is a diagnosis determined by patient history. Bipolar usually involved two or more swings between 'mania' and 'depression', measured over a lifetime. This is best determined by a specialist - a counselor or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is Depakote used for bipolar depression as well as mania?

Is Depakote used for bipolar depression as well as mania?

No: Depakote is formally approved for mania and mixed episodes (or irritable mania) in Bipolar Disorder. It is also commonly used as a maintenance medication (i.e. a true mood stabilizer) to decrease the total number of mood episodes in a year. However, it has not been shown to help depressions in Bipolar Disorder ...Read more

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S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

Yes: Lithium, lamictal, and atypical antipsychotics (seroquel, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify) are probably the first line agents for bipolar depression. Antidepressants can make bipolar depression turn into bipolar mania in some people, and should probably be reserved for situations in which the first line agents have failed. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options of bipolar depression?

What are your treatment options of bipolar depression?

Medication +: Psychotherapy. Medications need to be monitored and adjusted as needed. Psychotherapy (Cognitive Behavioral & family therapy) are needed as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible that anxiety and depression get confused with bipolar depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety can cause restlessness, insomnia, pacing and depression can cause sadness and anger which could be confused for mixed symptoms of bipolar. Key feature of mania or hypomania is constant euphoria or irritability and decreased need for sleep. ...Read more

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Hello! Are there any natural medicines for bipolar depression that work? Thank u

Hello! Are there any natural medicines for bipolar depression that work? Thank u

MAYBE: If by "natural" you mean non medicinal then it all depends on how severe the depression is and are you taking any medications for the bipolar disorder. Want a good eating and sleeping regimen. Get sunlight for vitamin d and exercise daily. This is just healthy living good for everyone. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more