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What is bipolar affective disorder?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Is a mood disorder characterized by swings from highs (mania or hypo mania) to lows (depression).

In brief: Bipolar

Is a mood disorder characterized by swings from highs (mania or hypo mania) to lows (depression).
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Mania and depression

The most prominent characteristic of bipolar disorder is mania characterized by impulsivity and decreased need for sleep.
Most people also have depressive episodes with decreased interest, motivation and energy with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, thoughts of death and suiciide. It is important to consult with a psychiatrist.

In brief: Mania and depression

The most prominent characteristic of bipolar disorder is mania characterized by impulsivity and decreased need for sleep.
Most people also have depressive episodes with decreased interest, motivation and energy with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, thoughts of death and suiciide. It is important to consult with a psychiatrist.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

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.

In brief: Bipolar

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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. John Moranville
Well said, but I would add that in bipolar 2 depression is not necessarily more severe than bipolar 1. The most significant difference is that in bipolar 2 there is no history of mania or psychosis.
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