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What is Depression?

A persistent low mood that lasts for weeks, months, or years and interferes with the ability to function and appreciate things in life is referred to as depression. Depression is a mental illness characterized by feelings of profound sadness and lack of interest in enjoyable activities. The symptoms of depression may vary widely, in both the physical and emotional signs. Depression can result from a single traumatic event in your life, or may develop slowly as a consequence of numerous personal disappointments and life problems.

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What is Bipolar Disorder?

The distinguishing characteristic of Bipolar Disorder, as compared to other mood disorders, is the presence of at least one manic episode. Additionally, it is presumed to be a chronic condition because the vast majority of individuals who have one manic episode have additional episodes in the future. The statistics suggest that four episodes in ten years is an average, without preventative treatment. Every individual with bipolar disorder has a unique pattern of mood cycles, combining depression and manic episodes, that is specific to that individual, but predictable once the pattern is identified. Research studies suggest a strong genetic influence in bipolar disorder.  Recognition of the various mood states is essential in obtaining effective treatment.

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