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Depression/depressive Disorders 

Manic-Depressive Illness 

A depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one feels about oneself, and the way one thinks about things. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better.

bipolar disorder is a form of mood disorder characterised by a variation of mood between a phase of manic or hypomanic elation, hyperactivity and hyper imagination, and a depressive phase of inhibition, slowness to conceive ideas and move, and anxiety or sadness. As described below, there are several forms of bipolar disorder. It should be noted that this disorder does not consist of mere "ups and downs". Ups and downs are experienced by virtually everyone and do not constitute a disorder. Th...


Depression as related to Bipolar Disorder


  • Bipolar Depression (Manic Depression) - WebMD
    Bipolar disorder was formerly called manic depression. It is a form of major affective disorder, or mood disorder, defined by manic or hypomanic episodes (changes ...

  • Bipolar disorder - Wikipedia
    The dramatic mood episodes of bipolar disorder do not follow a predictable pattern. Depression does not always follow mania. A person may experience the same mood ...

  • About Bipolar Disorder - Depression and Bipolar Support ...
    Shifting between feeling depressed and periods of extreme productivity? Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings. Learn about symptoms and treatments.

  • NIMH: Bipolar Disorder
    Bipolar disorder is a mental condition in which a person has wide or extreme swings in their mood. Periods of feeling sad and depressed may alternate with periods of ...