Although people may recognize the term "bipolar disorder," they may be a little less familiar with the term "bipolar depression." Bipolar depression refers to the depressive moods, or lows, of bipolar disorder.
In general, episodes of bipolar depression last longer than episodes of bipolar mania, and when ill, people with bipolar disorder experience depressive symptoms at least three times as often as they do manic symptoms. In addition, recovering from depressive episodes typically takes longer than it does for manic episodes. Learn more about bipolar depression symptoms.
In order to get a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment, be sure to talk to your doctor about all the symptoms you are experiencing, including any manic episodes. The good news is that there are treatment options available that may help. To prepare for your next appointment, here are some questions to ask.
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