Monday, July 20, 2015

The Difference Between Depression and Bipolar Disorder ... one manic episode.

Bipolar disorder and depression share a common component — a depressed mood. But people with bipolar disorder experience episodes of mania, an elevation in mood and energy, with or without depression.
Is it bipolar or depression?
"For a person to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, they just need to have one manic episode," says Gabriela Corá, MD, MBA, a managing partner at the Florida Neuroscience Center, in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, and president of the Executive Health and Wellness Institute.
Bipolar disorder can be misdiagnosed as depression because people with the condition often seek help only when they are feeling depressed. During a manic episode, a person usually feels good, is productive, and doesn't recognize a problem — and therefore doesn't seek medical help. On the other hand, friends and family may notice abnormal behavior during such an episode.

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