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Re: Atypical depression

Posted by Nancy on April 9, 1999, at 19:10:26

In reply to Re: Atypical depression, posted by Elizabeth on April 9, 1999, at 6:08:49

Hi Elizabeth, Nancy again. That's very helpful. But, is it true that both unipolar and bipolar individuals can be highly labile? I assumed that the increased lability was associated with rapid cycling (something I'm personally familiar with) :) Nancy

> > E, it sounds like you're describing bipolar-2 disorder. BTW, Topomax is known for inducing weight loss. It is also beneficially used in hard to treat bipolar-1 patients (treatment refractive, rapid cycling).
> Individuals with Bipolar II disorders have had at least one hypomanic episode and at least one major depressive episode. The depressive episode may have had atypical features, but it doesn't have to.
> Being capable of being cheered up temporarily (by good things happening) while depressed - and even, as a result, pleasure-seeking in hopes of relief - is not equivalent to being hypomanic, if that's what you're thinking.
> (Atypical depression is sometimes confused with borderline personality disorder, though. Then again, so is everything else.)




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