What does bipolar depression feel like?
Bipolar depression feels no different than unipolar depression. Depression feels like depression – sadness, feeling down or feeling blue, dysphoria, low energy, low motivation, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt and self-criticism, interpersonal withdrawal, etc. What makes it different is the fact that it is part of a broader pattern of mood instability which can have profound impact upon the trajectory of one's life.
Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The symptoms of bipolar depression can be unique for each individual. If you have bipolar depression, it can be quite severe or mild (dysthymia). Some people suffer with bipolar depression for weeks while others may have a low-grade depression called dysthymia for two years or longer. Whatever symptoms you have of bipolar depression, there is treatment, so see your doctor. Symptoms of bipolar depression may include the following:
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless and worthless
  • Feeling sad
  • Low energy
  • Irritable
  • Feeling restless
  • Unable to make decisions
  • Inattentive
  • Increased anxiety
  • Ruminating thoughts and worries
  • No interest in normal activities
  • Feeling guilty
  • Suicidal ideation

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Bipolar Depression (Manic Depression)

Bipolar Depression (Manic Depression)

Bipolar depression (or manic depression) is another name for bipolar disorder, a psychiatric condition that causes severe mood swings. Symptoms of bipolar depression include severe sadness lasting two or more weeks, having little ...

energy and interest in activities. During manic episodes or mania, the person with bipolar depression has periods of high energy, extreme productivity, happiness, excitement and possible engagement in risky behaviors. Treatment for bipolar depression can vary and often includes a combination of therapy and medication.

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