What's the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar affective disorder?

Nothing. We all use variations of the same terms to mean the same thing.
No Difference. According to my understanding of these terms, there is no difference. The term "affective" simply refers to one's emotions.

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

Bipolar. Bipolar disorder is an overall mood disorder which includes episodes of both mania and depression. Bipolar depression is just one of the "poles" of the disorder. Treatment with mood stabilizing medications can often help with both mania and depression in bipolar disorder. Depression is often more chronic than manic episodes, and can cause more ongoing suffering. Read more...

Is there a difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

No. A depression is an episode of bipolar disorder. It is called bipolar because there are 2 poles: a mania in which energy is too high and thoughts too fast, and a depression. A bipolar depression just means a depression in someone who suffers from bipolar disorder. Read more...
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...

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...

I want to know what is the difference between bipolar disorder, and having a 'bad day'?

Bipolar. Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. Read more...

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type?

Differentiation. In schizoaffective disorder, the person suffers ongoing psychotic symptoms such as paranoia or delusions whether or not a mood problem is present. However, they can certainly be sick with depression or mania too. In bipolar disorder, mood instability is the main problem. There are no psychotic symptoms unless in an active episode of depression or mania. Read more...

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

Bipolar. Bipolar shows episodes of mania alternating with episodes of depression. Being in depressed phase, u need evaluation for possible adjunctive antidepressant. Read more...
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...

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

Very different. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed. Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history. Read more...
Asperger/Bipolar. Asperger shows stereotyped behaviors, activities & interests, such as eye contact & facial expression, without extreme variations in moods or cognitive functioning. The two can, however, coexist. Read more...
Asperger's. I really don't know why this would be hard to tell apart. They are very different difficulites. This is asperger's http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xg1ngp1ngds. Read more...

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...
Interchangable. The terms are interchangeable, with bipolar disorder being the more modern, clinical term. Bipolar disorder refers to extreme swings of mood from depression to mania and back again. Read more...