Posted by SLS on December 16, 2009, at 7:02:58
In reply to Re: Atypical Depression versus Bipolar Depression, posted by morganator on December 15, 2009, at 21:44:36
> People who have unipolar depression simply experience the depression and maybe some anxiety. They do not have tons of energy, periods of hypomania or mixed mania
Yes. But what differences are there between the depressive states of atypical depression and bipolar depression that would allow one to differentiate them? When a doctor is presented with a patient complaining of depression, it often occurs that they are looking at a case of bipolar disorder for which mania has not yet manifested. It would be ideal to be able to recognize such cases early and apply treatments that are more appropriate for bipolar disorder and that would not make the situation worse.
I think that this is really a critical issue.