How is major depressive disorder (clinical depression) differentiated from bipolar disorder (manic depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder as recurrent unipolar depression may occur if the clinician does not identify the presence of hypomania between depressive episodes. This leads to inadequate treatment and, theoretically, could lead to a precipitation of a hypomanic, manic, or mixed episode.


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