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How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

Mood Swings: By definition bipolar disorder requires the presence of either cycles of alternating mood or severe and debilitating mood swings. In unipolar depression the concern only has to do with depression. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder different from major depressive disorder?

Bipolar Disorder has: Periods of depression but in addition there are periods of mania, hypomania or mixed states. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how manic depression and clinical depression differ?

Can you please tell me how manic depression and clinical depression differ?

Differences: With manic depression (aka bipolar), you will have episodes of mania (high energy, euphoria, impulsivity, irritability) as well as episodes of depression. With clinical depression there are no manic episodes, just depression. The medication used to treat both disorders are different: clinical depression - usualy antidepressants bipolar-mood stabilizers. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many symtoms of schizophrenia can bipolar disorder have?

Can you let me know how many symtoms of schizophrenia can bipolar disorder have?

THEORY: The question suggest that there may be a physiologic/chemical commonality - a spectrum of disease, a discontrol of thought and emotion. There is no specific answer to the question. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have major depressive disorder or bipolar mood disorder?

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How do I know if I have major depressive disorder or bipolar mood disorder?

Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar disorder w/ psychosis, is this similar to schizoaffective disorder?

Similar : Bipolar disorder with psychosis shows resolution of the psychosis with treatment and periods of no psychosis without antipsychotic treatment. Schizoaffective disorder shows relapse into psychosis when antipsychotic meds are stopped. Functioning is often lower than in bipolar disorder and it can resemble schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder can mimic schizoaffective disorder. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How do you define bipolar disorder?

See DSM criteria: You can look up the exact criteria used in research studies to learn more about it by searching online. The phrase "bipolar" is often overused, cheapening a formal diagnosis. It encompasses large swings in mood/energy/speed of thoughts/behavior which may last days/weeks at a time. See your local psychiatrist or primary care doctor for screening. Meds are most helpful but counseling can help. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how psychotic depression and schizophrenia differ?

Can you please tell me how psychotic depression and schizophrenia differ?

Differences: With psychotic depression the psychotic symptoms only appear when the person is in a depressed episode. Schizophrenia is more of a thought disorder with symptoms such as hallucinations, disorganized thoughts, delusions and paranoia. Having a depressed mood is not a requirement for a schizophrenia diagnosis. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

Bipolar: Bipolar disorder is an overall mood disorder which includes episodes of both mania and depression. Bipolar depression is just one of the "poles" of the disorder. Treatment with mood stabilizing medications can often help with both mania and depression in bipolar disorder. Depression is often more chronic than manic episodes, and can cause more ongoing suffering. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have ulcerative colitis, major depression, ocd, borderline personality disorder, and dermatillomania?

Can you tell me if I have ulcerative colitis, major depression, ocd, borderline personality disorder, and dermatillomania?

Not would the: information provided. I would encourage a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and evaluation by your physician or a gastroenterologist for accurate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if it's depression, or bipolar disorder that you're feeling?

How do doctors tell if it's depression, or bipolar disorder that you're feeling?

It can be kind of: Tricky. If the person has not yet experienced an episode of mania or hypomania, then it would not be possible diagnosis them with a bipolar depression at that time. It would usually be assumed that it was unipolar depression. However once either mania or hypomania has occurred than the diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be made. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

How to tell if I have mdd(major depressive disorder)?

Major Depression: Symptoms of depression include sad mood and loss of interest in usually pleasurable things for greater than 2 weeks. Also there are changes in sleep (too much or not enough); energy (slowed down or agitated); and appetite (could have little appetite w/weight loss, or eating too much w/weight gain). Difficulty concentrating ; making decisions. Frequent thoughts of death ; suicide. It's treatable. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

To REALLY know: If you have bipolar disorder, talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist. A diagnosis requires a good history & evaluation of your symptoms. Symptoms include manic or hypomanic episodes (abnormally elevated mood & energy) and sometimes depressive episodes. ...Read more

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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