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What is bipolar disorder and what did it used to be called?

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Dr. Muhammad Munir
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Manic Depressive

Mania and melancholia, manic-depressive, bipolar are all the evolutions of a diagnosis.
There is a spectrum of changes from extreme low moods to high extremes which is episodic, some time clearly distinct other times mixed phases can occur. Timely treatment can prevent severe damage. Seek help as there are lot better treatments available.

In brief: Manic Depressive

Mania and melancholia, manic-depressive, bipolar are all the evolutions of a diagnosis.
There is a spectrum of changes from extreme low moods to high extremes which is episodic, some time clearly distinct other times mixed phases can occur. Timely treatment can prevent severe damage. Seek help as there are lot better treatments available.
Dr. Muhammad Munir
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Manic depressive

Bipolar disorder is also called manic depressive disorder because it includes manic and depressive episodes.
Manic episodes include an inflated sense of self worth, decreased need for sleep, increased activiety. Depression is a decreased sense of self worth and decreeased energy, interest, and ambition and sometimes thoughts of death or suicide. See my health guide for more information.

In brief: Manic depressive

Bipolar disorder is also called manic depressive disorder because it includes manic and depressive episodes.
Manic episodes include an inflated sense of self worth, decreased need for sleep, increased activiety. Depression is a decreased sense of self worth and decreeased energy, interest, and ambition and sometimes thoughts of death or suicide. See my health guide for more information.
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Manic depression

Mood swings--classically periods of mania & depression with interludes of normal mood.

In brief: Manic depression

Mood swings--classically periods of mania & depression with interludes of normal mood.
Dr. Douglas Bey
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Manic depression is

An older name for bipolar disorder.
It is a mood disorder. 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 mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in.

In brief: Manic depression is

An older name for bipolar disorder.
It is a mood disorder. 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 mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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