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Could I have manic depression without the mania?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: There are different

Forms of manic depression (now called bipolar disorder).
You could have a less intense "up" episode called "hypomania" and never experience actual "mania".

In brief: There are different

Forms of manic depression (now called bipolar disorder).
You could have a less intense "up" episode called "hypomania" and never experience actual "mania".
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

By definition, there must be at least one episode of mania or hypomania for someone to have manic depression or bipolar illness.
However, quite a few of the people with this illness spend more time being depressed and have their quality of life effected more by the depressive symptoms they suffer.

In brief: No

By definition, there must be at least one episode of mania or hypomania for someone to have manic depression or bipolar illness.
However, quite a few of the people with this illness spend more time being depressed and have their quality of life effected more by the depressive symptoms they suffer.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Just depression

Manic depression without mania is just depression, or, bipolar II disorder, where the depression phases are severe, but the hypomanic phases are not quite so severe.

In brief: Just depression

Manic depression without mania is just depression, or, bipolar II disorder, where the depression phases are severe, but the hypomanic phases are not quite so severe.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes some patients with bipolar have little or no mania episodes and can have mostly just depression.

In brief: Yes

Yes some patients with bipolar have little or no mania episodes and can have mostly just depression.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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