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Doctor insights on: Do I Have Bipolar Disorder Or Depression

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I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

Seek consultation: No diagnosis can be made without careful review of his history and examination. Certainly mood changes and irritability can be related to bipolar, but irritability is also a primary symptom of depression. Nightmares or vivid dreams can be related to medications or anxiety. If current treatment is not working formal psychological testing/consultation can help with differential diagnosis.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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I have depression, OCD and anxiety disorder.Do I have bipolar disorder too?I have varied moods from extremely sad to happy to very angry and irritable.

I have depression, OCD and anxiety disorder.Do I have bipolar disorder too?I have varied moods from extremely sad to happy to very angry and irritable.

Too many labels: If you have bipolar disorder you can eliminate the depressive diagnosis because it includes that. The only way for a diagnosis to me made it with the help of a mental health professional. Please see on to get the support you need. Peace and good health. Medicine alone is probably not enough. Cognitive behavioral therapy may help also.

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How to fight bipolar disorder/depression?

How to fight bipolar disorder/depression?

Psychotherapy: and maybe medication as well. I recommend meeting with a psychologist or other licensed talk therapist to understand the roots of your symptoms and to gain more freedom and psychological well-being. Take care,

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Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan.

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Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds.

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How can bipolar disorder differ from depression?

How can  bipolar disorder differ from depression?

Uni- vs bi-polar sxs: A person with unipolar depression may be very low or irritable with impact on varying areas of life function. A person with bipolar depression has both periods of lows but also has periods of markedly increased energy level, irritable or euphoric mood, rapid thoughts, impulsivity & hyperproductivity.

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Tell me if depression form into bipolar disorder?

Tell me if depression form into bipolar disorder?

Either a person has: A predisposition for bipolar disorder or they don't. However, a person may initially have one or more episodes of clinical depression & then at a later time have either a hypomanic or a manic episode (s). These are periods of ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, ^ productivity with agitated, irritable or euphoric mood. At that point it would become apparent that the person has some form of bipolar disorder.

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I have depression and bipolar disorder, what to do?

Get professional: Help. Encourage you to work with a psychologist and a psychiatrist who have experience in dealing with bipolar spectrum disorders.

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How can depression and bipolar disorder be similar?

Bipolar: Bipolar experience extremes of mood changes from mania to depression. If you have episode of depression & prior similar episodes with no mania/hypomania, it is depression. If current episode is depressed & there is history of manic/hypomanic episodes, the diagnosis is more likely bipolar do, depressed type.

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How do I know if I have depression bipolar disorder?

How do I know if I have depression bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: 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. Get a full psychiatric evaluation for what bothers you and ask for a referral to a reputable psychotherapist.

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I have depression or bipolar disorder, how can I tell?

I have depression or bipolar disorder, how can I tell?

You might...: If you have severe depression ; bipolar runs in your family, you might have it. Are you on medication? Talk to your therapist or prescribing physician ; they can help you decide whether you are suffering from depression or bipolar. Have you ever had a "manic" episode?

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Can depression or bipolar disorder ever actually go away?

Can depression or bipolar disorder ever actually go away?

Emotional Cycling: The cycling of emotions is seen in everyone; even those not diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. Eventually, a depressed or manic patient will return to "baseline." one can manage their symptoms (therapy, medications, behavior), but the ups and downs will remain - just with varied intensities. I hope that helps!

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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.

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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.

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Can you tell me how to cure depression and bipolar disorder?

No cure: There is no cure for depression or bipolar disorder. The most we can do is manage the symptoms. For bipolar disorder, medication is best. With depression, depending on the severity, people can use natural treatments, exercise, medication and therapy. If you have bipolar depression, medication is the best option for symptom control.

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Is it possible to have bipolar disorder without the depression?

Is it possible to have bipolar disorder without the depression?

Yes: The essential feature in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a current or past manic or hypomanic episode. There are several variants of bipolar disorder. Some people only have manic episodes while others have mostly depressive episodes with only having had 1 manic or hypomanic episode at a single point in time.

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How are depression and bipolar disorder similar to one another?

How are depression and bipolar disorder similar to one another?

Depression symptoms: The main similarities occur when comparing the symptoms of depression to the depression phase of bipolar disorder. The symptoms can include a depressed mood, inability to concentrate, loss of energy, difficulty sleeping, and thoughts of suicide.

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

Periods of mania: In addition to episodes of depression bipolar pts have episodes of hyperactivity impulsiveness irritability suspended judgement hyper sexuality euphoria etc this is important because bipolar pts do better on mood stabilizers and antidepressants may push them into a manic episode.

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How can you tell if you have bipolar disorder or just depression?

How can you tell if you have bipolar disorder or just depression?

Bipolar: Bipolar experience extremes of mood changes from mania to depression. If you have episode of depression & prior similar episodes with no mania/hypomania, it is depression. If current episode is depressed & there is history of manic/hypomanic episodes, the diagnosis is more likely bipolar do, depressed type.

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