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Bipolar Depression

Bipolar depression is but one symptom of a broader mental illness known as bipolar disorder. Bipolar depression is more often referred to as manic depression in popular discussion. This depression type is so named for the way in which the patient's mood swings between two disparate poles of mania and depression. The mania is characterized by an unusually high level of energy and exuberance while the opposite pole is the reverse, i.e. depression. In some cases the individual will cycle between these two poles quite rapidly, a few minutes at a time, and in other cases the depression and the mania are mixed.

Adequate treatment for bipolar depression will vary depending upon the individual's particular bipolar disorder sub-type. Most treatments for bipolar depression, however, involve pharmaceuticals. Generally a combination of mood stabilizers and anti-depressants are prescribed, but this will depend on the particular nature of the individual's bipolar depression and the opinion of the psychiatrist consulted. Bipolar depression is the object of much study in the field of psychology, and therefore much information and many forms of treatment are currently the subject of debate. At the moment there are several competing therapies and medications and no straight path.

Since bipolar depression is such a particular mental illness, anyone who suffers from its conditions should not only seek medical help, but emotional guidance from others undergoing treatment for the same thing. Nobody can understand what bipolar depression is like more than one of its victims. Know that psychiatry is learning more all the time about this condition, and finding ever better ways of treatment.