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Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

These are different. Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps. Read more...
Diagnosis. Major depressive disorder is characterized by depressive symptoms that negatively effect quality of life. Manic depressive disorder is a historical term for what is now bipolar effective disorder. This may include episodes of depression but is characterized by episodes of mania To stay consistent some refer to major depressive disorder as unipolar depression. . Read more...
Bipolar. Manic depression, known clinically as 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. Major depressive disorder is only major depression, without any mania. Read more...

Is a diagnosis of "mood disorder" the same as bipolar? Is bipolar the same as manic depressive. My grandaughter says not one meds r helping her

Manic-depressive. Manic-depressive = bipolar disorder. Mood disorder can be bipolar disorder but may also mean the diagnosis is not clear. If her meds are not helping her, urge her to discuss this with her doctor. With this diagnosis, she should be seeing a psychiatrist who has done a full evaluation and who will listen to what she is saying. It also helps when a patient's family let the dr know as well. Read more...
Bipolar=manic depres. Bipolar disorder is the same thing as manic depressive illness. It is simply a newer name for it. Bipolar disorder is one of a number of mood disorders including organic mood disorders, major depression recurrent, cyclothymic disorder, dysthymic disorder, and substance abuse related mood disorders. Hope this helps and good luck with your granddaughter. Read more...
Names. Manic depression is the historical term for now termed bipolar affective disorder. Bipolar disorder is one of a category of mood disorders. Read more...
Caution Warranted. "The 'epidemic' of childhood Bipolar Disorder has created a public health dilemma. Based on much hype & very little scientific evidence, a huge & heterogeneous cohort of explosive kids has received powerful treatments that can sometimes do much good, but sometimes do much harm." - Dr Allen Frances, was chair of DSM-IV Task Force, now Prof Emeritus, Dept of Psychiatry @DukeU http://bit.ly/1jFZt1 . Read more...

What is the definition or description of: manic depressive disorder?

Aka Bipolar disorder. 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 questions for additional details. Read more...
A/ w Dr. Moranville. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, fast thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helpless- Read more...

What is the definition or description of: manic-depressive disorder?

Manic depressive. This is an older term for what is now called bipolar disorder -- a mood disorder where a person experiences both depression and manic or hypomanic episodes over time. Bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilizing medications and antipsychotics as necessary. Sometimes antidepressants are used also, but caution is advised with those. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001924/. Read more...
Bipolar 1. Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses or substances or toxins/medications. Read more...

Can I be manic-depressive (bipolar)?

Depending on sypmtom. Getting a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is dependent on your symptoms and if you respond to antidepressants or not. Do you go through regular periods of feeling really good or it could be agitated and irritable, feel ok for a while then feel depressed? You must have questions due to how you have been feeling. Please find a therapist who specializes in this and find out and get help. Read more...
Get psyche eval to. Know. People who are bipolar disorder present with lows (depression) ; highs (hypomania or mania). 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. Read more...

Is manic-depressive = bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive. Is old term for bipolar disorder, which can include bipolar type 1, type 2, manic type, depressed type, with psychosis, without psychosis, or nos (not otherwise specified). Read more...
Bipolar Disorder. Its an other way of describing the mood fluctuation that does happen with mood disorders. Its the change in moods from lowest depression to extreme mania or high extreme moods. Read more...
Interchangable. The terms are interchangable. 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. No one knows how it develops, other than a mystery of genetic confluence. Read more...

Can manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) be considered as legally insane?

Unlikely. Insanity is a legal term and has nothing to do with any specific psychiatric disorder. Read more...
Agree w Dr Moranvill. You are referring to a legal issue which has a number of other components other than just diagnosis. Different states may vary in determination of what legally determines competency (capacity). Read more...

Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Depends. On the severity of the illness, most patients with bipolar disorders function well without needing disability benefits. Read more...
Disability. Sure can, depending on chronicity and effect on psychosocial functioning, although no guarantee it will be approved. Get help from your doctor with the application. Read more...
Apply - yes. However, success of the application will depend on diagnosis, impairment and quality of documentation. Read more...