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Is there any upsides to having bipolar compared to dysthymia?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
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In brief: Having any

Mental illness is challenging! i don't think there is a way to say one is better than another. The most important point is to take care of the illness rather than letting it take care of you.

In brief: Having any

Mental illness is challenging! i don't think there is a way to say one is better than another. The most important point is to take care of the illness rather than letting it take care of you.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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In brief: Interesting question

Bipolar is a condition that, untreated, has a poor long-term outlook.
It can wreak havoc in one's own life and in the lives of those you love. Dysthymia probably less so. Yet there is a correlation between mild mania and creativity; also between empathy and mild dysphoria.In the end it's not the illness-we all have something to bear--but the how we meet our challenge.

In brief: Interesting question

Bipolar is a condition that, untreated, has a poor long-term outlook.
It can wreak havoc in one's own life and in the lives of those you love. Dysthymia probably less so. Yet there is a correlation between mild mania and creativity; also between empathy and mild dysphoria.In the end it's not the illness-we all have something to bear--but the how we meet our challenge.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Not really

These are both debilitating mental disorders and one is both different, but just as bad as the other. I cannot think of an upside to either, as you put it.

In brief: Not really

These are both debilitating mental disorders and one is both different, but just as bad as the other. I cannot think of an upside to either, as you put it.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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