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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...

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...

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

The decade's DSM. About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps. 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...

How do I bring up the possibility of depression or bipolar disorder or ADHD to a doc? I'm recovering addict and am trying to better myself.

Just ask. Addict or not the only way you will know is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. Only difference is (s)he is unlikely to prescribe any medication that may be in any way addictive. Many medications can be used which may help you in the recovery process, especially if your addiction is due to self treatment of underlying symptoms. Read more...

I've visited 2-3 psychologist. Some say adhd. Bipolar disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, severe depression, m confused. Plz help, told evry doc same?

See university. Psychiatrist and get a full psychological testing profile with a definitive diagnosis and then your confusion regarding this matter should go away and treatment can be based on fact rather than conjecture. Read more...
Diagnosis can be. quite difficult at times. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder. Depression is part of Bipolar Disorder (AKA manic depression). ADHD and bipolar disorder can have overlapping symptoms and may also co-occur. Anxiety can occur with any of these - either as a symptom or as a clinical disorder. Read more...

St johns wort for bipolar disorder? More depression episodes than manic...Nothing severe, will st johns wort be ok?

Go see your doctor. St john's wort is not effective in major depressive disorder although it may be fine in mild. However, in bipolar disorder, there is concern that it might bring out mania. Furthermore, st john's wort interacts & interferes w/many other meds so it's important that you always tell your doc everything that you're taking. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.shtml. Read more...
St.Johns Wort. This supplement will only help with mild depression and it does not even work consistently for mild depression so it quite unlikely to help with bi-polar. Best. Read more...

How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?

Lamictal is an. Excellent medication. However, it takes a while to get the dose up to therapeutic so it isn't the drug to use to treat an acute episode of mania. My patients usually take any wheres from 100 to 400 mg per day. I have sometimes used it in a patient with unipolar depression who has not responded to other medication trials. Read more...
Good medicine. In my practice, i regularly prescribe both topiramate and lamotrigene for bipolar disorder. I have found each to be very effective when taken at full, therapeutic doses. Again, in my practice, I have found that 100-200mgs twice daily is an effective dose range. I have used it occasionally for recurrent depression without mania. Read more...
Based on evidence. Lamictal has proven effective in reducing risk of recurrence of mood episodes in bipolar disorder following treatment of the acute episode with standard of care recommended dose is 2000mg per day absent concurrent treatment with Carbamazepine or divalproex. The need for 6 week titration limits use as a treatment option in acute phase of illness. Read more...

How is manic depression different from bipolar disorder?

NOT REALLY. 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...