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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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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 can depression and bipolar disorder be similar?

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. ...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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Is it possible that I have depression or bipolar..Help?

Is it possible that I have depression or bipolar..Help?

Maybe - don't know: Your symptoms. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, . ...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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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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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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What can you do if you are in a deep depression from bipolar 2?

See professional: If you are in deep depression see professional you might need inpatient if you are suicidal if not than outpatient treatment let professional decide what kind of medication is beneficial for you. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

What is the main difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

One pole, or two?: A depressive disorder is a "unipolar" mood disorder. This means that there's only one pole--the south pole (depressed). A bipolar mood disorder has two poles--the south pole (depression) and the north pole (mania, which includes a persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood). ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between depression and bipolar type 2?

Important: Bipolar 2 disorder most often presents as depression because patients often don't come in for their hypomanic symptoms because those are not often troubling. For this reason, many people with bipolar disorder have been treated as though they are unipolar. It is important for the treating clinician to do a thorough history to rule out periods of hypomania. Treatment is very different for the two. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between depression and bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar depression is a type of bipolar disorder when pt. Is in phase of depression. Bipolar................Phases of depression alternating with manic/hypomanic phases. Depression..........No manic/hypomanic phases. Sad.................Seasonal changes in moods. ...Read more

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How closely related is depression and bipolar? What's the difference between them and can I give myself a self diagnosise?

How closely related is depression and bipolar? What's the difference between them and can I give myself a self diagnosise?

Depression: Depression can be single episode or recurrent many times. But it's always depression. Bipolar has depression almost always( rarely just mania) but also has mania or hypomania , a milder manic state. There's lots more complexity there, but that is basically it. Do not self diagnose. See a psychiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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is there a way 2 lose 10-15 punds in 2-3 weeks without buying anything? also is the a test i can take 2 see if i have depression or bipolar disorder?

 is there a way 2 lose 10-15 punds in 2-3 weeks without buying anything? also is the a test i can take 2 see if i have depression or bipolar disorder?

Without buying: liposuction, safe weight loss is 1-2 lbs per week. Other than that, you may be losing water weight. There are various questionnaires that help determine your risk of depression or bipolar disease, that can be administered by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you have mania without depression in bipolar?

Can you have mania without depression in bipolar?

Yes: Mania is the hallmark feature of bipolar disorder. Though depression without mania or hypo mania is called unipolar depression, the presence of mania or hypo mania with or without depression is by definition bipolar. ...Read more

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Could you have mania without obvious depression in bipolar?

Could you have mania without obvious depression in bipolar?

Yes: Some people with bipolar disorder have only manic episodes. Most have depressive episodes, too, though the depression may emerge later than the mania. ...Read more

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Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

No, depends: If you are in the depths of depression, or spinning in a manic episode when your IQ is tested, you won't score as well as you ordinarily would. That said, depression & bipolar patients tend to be brighter than average. Interesting question. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with major depression and bipolar disorder what does this mean?

I was diagnosed with major depression and bipolar disorder what does this mean?

Bipolar disorder: Presents with periods of major depression ; periods of elevated mood or irritability and high energy. If both the diagnoses were for this period of time, it is likely that you are in a phase when you are depressed. ...Read more

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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

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