Posted by uncouth on December 14, 2009, at 12:02:02
In reply to Atypical Depression versus Bipolar Depression, posted by SLS on December 14, 2009, at 7:26:02
well I'm not sure what my official dx is but I feel that i've experienced both bipolar depression and atypical depression over the years. for me, bipolar depression is associated with more anguish, whereas atypical depression can be 'lived with' more readily. i think i worked for 2 years while dealing with atypical depression. i was far from 100% productive, but during a bipolar depression, I don't think I could have worked at all.
quite simply i think many bipolar depressions have a varying amount of 'mixed' states to them, so even if the body may be slow, some aspects of mind (rumination, guilt, self-consciousness, psychic pain) are running full blast.