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Could untreated depression turn into bipolar or a psychotic disorder?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree
In brief: It may
Why it may, is based on the fact that depression can precede or be a part of bipolar disorder that is in the depressed mode and hypo-mania or mania may follow.
It may also be that the depression becomes so severe that the depressed person becomes psychotic. Ptsd folks can have a psychotic depression as well. Brain trauma can cause a psychotic depression as can alzheimers dementia.

In brief: It may
Why it may, is based on the fact that depression can precede or be a part of bipolar disorder that is in the depressed mode and hypo-mania or mania may follow.
It may also be that the depression becomes so severe that the depressed person becomes psychotic. Ptsd folks can have a psychotic depression as well. Brain trauma can cause a psychotic depression as can alzheimers dementia.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Samoon Ahmad
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Quite common
Depression is frequently the first symptom of bipolar disorder and may precede mania/hypomania by months or years and therefore the diagnoses of bipolar disorder may be overlooked.
It may eventually progress to mania and in severe cases have paychotic symptoms a well.Depression and psychotic symptoms may coexist in severe unipolar depression particularly in the elderly.

In brief: Quite common
Depression is frequently the first symptom of bipolar disorder and may precede mania/hypomania by months or years and therefore the diagnoses of bipolar disorder may be overlooked.
It may eventually progress to mania and in severe cases have paychotic symptoms a well.Depression and psychotic symptoms may coexist in severe unipolar depression particularly in the elderly.
Dr. Samoon Ahmad
Dr. Samoon Ahmad
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