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Is depression different from bipolar disorder?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, technically but
Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it.
Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds.

In brief: Yes, technically but
Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it.
Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Depression is a mood disorder that has dysmotivation, sadness, flat affect, disinterest in usually exciting activities (like sex, work, child rearing, volunteerism, housekeeping), irritability, sleep disruption, inability to perform tasks of daily activity, or interaction with friends or family.
Bipolar disorder has these symptoms as well, but also has mood swings, extreme irritability, rages, .

In brief: Yes
Depression is a mood disorder that has dysmotivation, sadness, flat affect, disinterest in usually exciting activities (like sex, work, child rearing, volunteerism, housekeeping), irritability, sleep disruption, inability to perform tasks of daily activity, or interaction with friends or family.
Bipolar disorder has these symptoms as well, but also has mood swings, extreme irritability, rages, .
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Edit: mania, sexual disorders, grandiosity, extreme fatigue, inability to function on a daily basis.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Edit: both require treatment. Please see your doctor for adequate assessment and treatment.
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