Posted by: Anon | 2009-05-27

bipolar vs depression

Hi Doc,

I would just like to know what is the diffrence between bipolar mood disorder and depression?

i have been diagnosed with depression 4 years ago and cant seem to cope without meds. everytime i think i am much better i leave my meds and then just fall deeper into this state, i have very high depression levels wich is also accompanied by high levels of anxiety, since i have been struggeling with depression for so long it is now called cronic depression, i have only recently been diagnosed with anxiety.

is bipolar mood disorder got anything to do with high depressive moods?

Thank you

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At one level its prety simple. Depression can recur, but in every episode one's mood swings down. In Bipolar Disorder, the mood can swing in either direction, either down into a depression or up into a manic episode when one is unrealistically over-excited and at risk. This needs special mood-stabilizing drugs in addition to treatment for either phase. Anxiety commonly goes along with Depression. The distinction from Bipolar Disorder is the direction of the mood swings, and both often are acompanies by anxiety.
If one has had several depressions, one usually does best to remain on antidepressant meds long-term ; there is some evidence suggesting that if one leaves too many depressions untreated, they may get harder to treat successfully. The severity of the depression isn't what distinguishes between these conditions.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-27

google Mania and Manic .......

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