What is the difference between psychotic depression and bipolar?
My old psychologist whom i no longer see classified me as bipolar but i don't think i fit the bipolar disorder.
My psychiatrist has diagnosed me a psychotic depression with psychosis features. i am on medication and it is working but i would like to knew the difference.
don't tell me to google it
- Anonymous2 months agoFavourite answer
The difference between the two is mania/hypomania. During mania/hypomania, a person may feel euphoric, full of energy, or very irritable.
Symptoms of mania/hypomania
-Abnormally upbeat, jumpy or wired
-Increased activity, energy or agitation
-Exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence (euphoria)
-Decreased need for sleep
-Unusual talkativeness-Racing thoughts
-Poor decision-making — for example, going on buying sprees, taking sexual risks or making foolish investments
With psychotic depression, you do not experience the highs of mania/hypomania. Mania/hypomania is the key characteristic of bipolar disorder and is what separates it from depression and other mood disorders.
- Anonymous2 months ago
How long ago did you get your diagnosis? In 1989, my oldest brother was diagnosed as "Bipolar-Manic". He got full manic episodes in which he did things like leap from a moving car. However, he never got coincident depressive phases. He had "the blues" for a short time, but that was all. This diagnosis is apparently give to only 1 person in every 125 who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder: it's rather rare.
With advances in genetic biology, advances in diagnoses & treatments come about quite often. You should ask your current psychologist whether you may have been misdiagnosed in the past & whether you might benefit from a re-appraisal.