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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar is manic depression, both can be manic /depressed/or mixed.

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar is manic depression, both can be manic /depressed/or mixed.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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