Distinguishing between bipolar disorder and depression: https://clinpsychsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/20/bipolar-vs-unipolar-depression/
The DSM defines both bipolar and unipolar depressions in the same manner.
This can be confusing,
making it harder to differentiate the two...
- 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
- 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