Posted by SLS on May 9, 2012, at 5:20:29
In reply to Melancholic vs Atypical depression, posted by psychobot5000 on May 8, 2012, at 23:59:45
> What the hell does it mean if you meet the criteria for both melancholic and atypical depression?
Bipolar depression looks very similar to atypical depression, but can have psychomotor retardation and melancholic ruminations. I guess it looks like a hybrid of both types of depression.
Treating bipolar depression can involve using mood stabilizers along with antidepressants. Some people who have bipolar depression have never experienced a spontaneous manic episode. This pretty much describes me. I have had a few drug-induced manias, though. I profit from combining lithium and lamotrigine along with Parnate and nortriptyline.
For unipolar melancholic depression, tricyclics are considered to be more effective than the SSRIs.
Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw