7 doctors weighed in:

What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Not just mood swings.
It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care.

In brief: Bipolar

Not just mood swings.
It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
Thank
Dr. Donald Haupt
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: More sustained

Bipolar disorder consists of swings in mood that last at least two weeks for depression or 1 week for mania, or 1 week for mixed mania and depression.
All of these need to be severe enough to seriously impair work of social function. There has to be at least one manic episode in the past (or present) to diagnose bipolar disorder, type 1, but bipolar type 2 is if there are only past hypomanic ones.

In brief: More sustained

Bipolar disorder consists of swings in mood that last at least two weeks for depression or 1 week for mania, or 1 week for mixed mania and depression.
All of these need to be severe enough to seriously impair work of social function. There has to be at least one manic episode in the past (or present) to diagnose bipolar disorder, type 1, but bipolar type 2 is if there are only past hypomanic ones.
Dr. Donald Haupt
Dr. Donald Haupt
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
32 years in practice
9M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors