Is depression different from bipolar disorder?

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.
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, .

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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...

How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

Terminology. There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. Read more...

How are bipolar disorder, and bipolar depression different?

BPD = general term. There are several kinds of bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression is the depressed phase of the two extreme poles. All people have moods, however, normally the variation is not extreme. To be labelled bipolar, a person needs to have had at least one past manic episode.A website, www.Bipolar.Com is a good reference for more specific distinctions between the different variations of bpd. Read more...

How is bipolar disorder different from major depression?

Bipolarvs Depression. Actually, according to the criteria used, one may have only ever had manic moods, or mania, and qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. That is why the term manic-depression is confusing. One may never have been depressed at any time, and still have bipolar disorder. Read more...
Mania. By definition, in bipolar disorder th person must have had one episode of mania or mixed presentation. Read more...

How to fight bipolar disorder/depression?

Psychotherapy. and maybe medication as well. I recommend meeting with a psychologist or other licensed talk therapist to understand the roots of your symptoms and to gain more freedom and psychological well-being. Take care, Read more...

Are bipolar disorder and depression related?

Mood. They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan. Read more...
Bipolar & Dep. The two can coexist. One type of bipolar is bipolar type 2 , another is cyclothymic disorder. Read more...
Yes. They are both affective disorders--in general bipolar disorder does better with mood stabilizers. Read more...

I have depression and bipolar disorder, what to do?

Get professional. Help. Encourage you to work with a psychologist and a psychiatrist who have experience in dealing with bipolar spectrum disorders. Read more...

How to determine if I have depression, bipolar disorder or something like that?

Evaluation. To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms (i.e. Thyroid disease). Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment. Read more...
Mental health eval. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low > Read more...