Posted by SLS on December 15, 2009, at 5:55:35
In reply to Re: Atypical Depression versus Bipolar Depression » Phidippus, posted by delna on December 15, 2009, at 2:23:05
> > Motor agitation seems to be a larger part of bipolar depression than atypical depression. Also, racing thoughts may present more often than in atypical depression.
> > P
> Racing thoughts and agitation during depression sounds more like a mixed state.
I agree. However, there are a few who propose that there exists a unipolar depression with racing thoughts. This presentation looks more like endogenous or psychotic depression than atypical deperession, though. This argues in favor of viewing the varying presentations of bipolar disorder as a spectrum.
Designing diagnostic paradigms is a work in progress with mental illness. Very little is set in stone. I think one must avoid thinking unidimensionally.