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Describe the features of bipolar disorder.?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Depression & mania

Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania.
Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different than short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl.Com/c2qry8.

In brief: Depression & mania

Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania.
Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different than short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl.Com/c2qry8.
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Dr. Glen Elliott
What Dr. Reidbord described is well established for adults. The concept of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents is much more controversial, and some professionals will use the term to describe nearly any childre with signifcant problems regulating mood--that is, temper tantrums.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
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In brief: 2 types

Bipolar disorder occurs in 1-2% of the population.
Bipolar ii may be more common than bipolar i. Bipolar i is mania and depression. Bipolar ii is hypomania and depression. Manic episodes typically last 3-5 days and depressive episodes last 2 weeks or more seperated by weeks, months, or even years. Mixed episodes may be more common and consist of a combination of depressive and manic symptoms.

In brief: 2 types

Bipolar disorder occurs in 1-2% of the population.
Bipolar ii may be more common than bipolar i. Bipolar i is mania and depression. Bipolar ii is hypomania and depression. Manic episodes typically last 3-5 days and depressive episodes last 2 weeks or more seperated by weeks, months, or even years. Mixed episodes may be more common and consist of a combination of depressive and manic symptoms.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe.
There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive.

In brief: Bipolar

Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe.
There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive.
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