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How is major depression different from bipolar disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People that have major depression feel sad, lack energy, lose interest in doing things they enjoy, and feel physical pain. People with bipolar disorder also go through periods with the same symptoms. However, the difference is that sometimes they go into a period of mania characterized by high risk behavior, agitation, high energy levels, and increased impulsivity. Some people who are diagnosed with clinical depression may actually suffer from bipolar disorder because doctors can only make a diagnosis using the current symptoms.

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