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depressive disorderPsychiatry Any of a number of conditions characterized by one or more depressive episodes–major DD, depressed mood–dysthymic disorder and adjustment disorder with depressed mood, and those that do not fit the criteria of other conditions–aka, DD not otherwise specified
Patient discussion about depressive disorder
Q. My cousin who is 28 yrs old and doubted as depressed disorder. My cousin who is 28 yrs old and doubted as depressed disorder. What are the defining characteristics of this disorder?
Q. what causes manic depression disorder?? how do you become bipolar?
Q. Is depression related to bipolar if so then how is bipolar disorder different from depression?
The major difference between bipolar disorder and depression is the mood swings. Someone with depression will move between balanced emotional state and a depressive state. Where someone with bipolar disorder will cycle between mania and depression. A depression experienced by someone with bipolar disorder can be more severe than major depression as Wwson said above, it may also last longer or cycle more rapidly. I hope this answers your question.