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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. 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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...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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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


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