Major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder are two separate conditions — you can’t be diagnosed with both at the same time.
How do bipolar and depression relate to one another?
Bipolar disorder is easily confused with depression because it can include depressive episodes. The main difference between the two is that depression is unipolar, meaning that there is no “up” period, but bipolar disorder includes symptoms of mania.
Can a bipolar person be manic and depressed at the same time?
In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. A person with mixed features experiences symptoms of both mood “poles” — mania and depression — simultaneously or in rapid sequence.
Can bipolar people tell they are bipolar?
So no, not everyone who has bipolar disorder knows they have it. There are lots of reasons why someone with bipolar disorder might not realize it—or why they might deny having it even if they do.
What are 4 signs of bipolar disorder?
Some symptoms that suggest a teenager might have bipolar disorder are:
- Uncharacteristic periods of anger and aggression.
- Grandiosity and overconfidence.
- Easy tearfulness, frequent sadness.
- Needing little sleep to feel rested.
- Uncharacteristic impulsive behavior.
- Confusion and inattention.
What does a bipolar crash feel like?
You may feel hopeless or sad and be less interested in doing activities you normally enjoy. During these fluctuations in mood and behavior, it’s not uncommon to have excessive fatigue. Fatigue causes an overall feeling of extreme tiredness and a lack of energy.
How quickly can bipolar moods change?
What is rapid cycling? Some people with bipolar disorder develop “rapid cycling” where they experience four or more episodes of mania or depression within a 12-month period. Mood swings can occur very quickly, like a rollercoaster randomly moving from high to low and back again over a period of days or even hours.
Is mixed bipolar the worst?
People who experience mixed episodes generally have worse symptoms, more frequent recurrence of acute episodes, an increased risk of psychosis, and greater difficulty in finding an effective treatment.
What are bipolar people like?
People with bipolar experience both episodes of severe depression, and episodes of mania – overwhelming joy, excitement or happiness, huge energy, a reduced need for sleep, and reduced inhibitions. The experience of bipolar is uniquely personal. No two people have exactly the same experience.