Bipolar vs. Unipolar Depression



Distinguishing between bipolar disorder and depression:


The DSM defines both bipolar and unipolar depressions in the same manner.

This can be confusing,

making it harder to differentiate the two...


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Bipolar depression:

  • Tend to be shorter (1-4 months)
  • Come on quickly (over a few days)
  • Likely to recur more frequently (2-4 times per year)
  • Likely first appears in ages 15-20


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Unipolar depression:

  • Last longer (3-6 months)
  • Start gradually
  • Can recur frequently, but less likely to do so
  • Likely first appears in ages 30-40


Learning about the differences could help doctors and patients come to a more accurate diagnosis! :)



Source: "Bipolar, Not So Much" book

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