Our expert says:
OK -may you soon see yourself as hopeful. IF the diagnosis is unclear, you need to see a psychiatrist for a full assessment to make sure, and he/she can then explain the diferences to you i terms of your own specific problems.
Basically, Major Depression is what it sounds like - more than the occasional blues, and purely a marked Depression. Bipolar Disorder includes episodes of Depression, but also periods of the opposite, of going high and feeling over-active and rather too good ( thus the Bi=Polar,having 2 poles, one in each direction, like the earth's North and South poles. )
Both would use antidepressant medication ( and CBT counselling ) to manage the episodes of Depression )
Manic episodes ( the Highs) need different medication, and over-all there are extra drugs used in Bipolar Disorder, called mood stabilizers, which help to reduce the frequency and extremity of the episodes.
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