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Could untreated clinical depression escalate to bipolar?

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Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry

In brief: Maybe

Most depression remains unipolar, does not become bipolar, if not treated.
Bipolar disorder commonly has, as a first episode, a depression. If untreated, it can continue as depression, or resolve, or, less commonly, switch to a manic or hypomanic or mixed state. It can be very difficult to distinguish whether a first episode of depression is unipolar or bipolar. Best to consult a psychiatrist.

In brief: Maybe

Most depression remains unipolar, does not become bipolar, if not treated.
Bipolar disorder commonly has, as a first episode, a depression. If untreated, it can continue as depression, or resolve, or, less commonly, switch to a manic or hypomanic or mixed state. It can be very difficult to distinguish whether a first episode of depression is unipolar or bipolar. Best to consult a psychiatrist.
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