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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

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 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 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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What is the difference between manic depression, bipolar and split personality?

All in a name: Manic depression is the historical name for now termed bipolar affective disorder witch is a disorder of mood split personality aka multiple personality disorder and now referred to as dissociative identity disorder is a condition inflicting an individual to manifest distinct personalities. Each with characteristic patterns of thinking feeling and relating to others and the world. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar and bipolar depression?

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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What is the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

What is the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Differences: It can sometimes be tough to tell a rapid cycling bipolar person from borderline pd. You need long-term history. Borderline personality d/o is a longstanding, pervasive, and inflexible pattern of internal experience and behavior marked by instability in sense of self, relationships, and mood. Fear of abandonment, and primitive defenses like splitting. Between episodes, bipolar people r normal. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

What's the difference between bipolar/depression and borderline personality disorder?

Can be confusing: The difficulty is that people with bipolar can have a few of the same symptoms as people with borderline personality (bpd). Also, the names are similar and someone can have both disorders! one sign of bipolar (vs. Bpd) is a positive response to mood stabilizing medication without a pathological fear of abandonment and chronically chaotic relationship patterns. ...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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What is the difference between depression that comes with mdd and depression that comes with bipolar 2? Any symptom differences?

What is the difference between depression that comes with mdd and depression that comes with bipolar 2?  Any symptom differences?

The same: The depressive episodes of mdd and bipolar affective fisorde 1 or 2 are similar. It is the presence of mania or hypo mania that distinguishes them from each other. ...Read more

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

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

Manic episode: A person has to have had a manic episode to be considered to have a bipolar disorder. A person has to meet criteria for major depression to have that condition and they would not have had a manic episode. Both conditions are treatable although the treatment is somewhat different. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

It's the old name: By definition and according to what is called the diagnostic manual, a person may fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder and never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why "manic-depression, " is the old name and is confusing. A person may have only ever had a manic episode (or a mixed episode), but still be considered as having bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar d/o do have depression. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Whats the difference between bipolar and severe bipolar depression with psychotic features?

Whats 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 are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

Mania: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. ...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