unipolar disorder


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Related to unipolar disorder: bipolar disorder, hypomania, depressive syndrome

major depression

A mental disorder characterised by severe depression lasting essentially without remission for at least two weeks, with symptoms that interfere with the ability to work, sleep, eat and enjoy once-pleasurable activities.
 
Clinical findings
Feelings of guilt, hopelessness, all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, persistent thoughts of death or suicide; difficulties in concentration, memory and decision-making capacity, behaviour (changes in sleep patterns, appetite, weight), physical well-being; persistent symptoms (e.g., headaches or digestive disorders) that do not respond to treatment; disabling episodic major depression can occur several times in a lifetime.
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Patient discussion about unipolar disorder

Q. Bipolar depression And Unipolar depression Is bipolar depression different from unipolar depression?

A. Yes. These are two different disorders that are distinct in many ways: bipolar appears earlier (20's compared to middle aged), males and females are affected equally (depression is more prevalent among women), family tendency (more pronounced in bipolar) etc. The course is also different: bipolar have manic episodes, while depression includes only depressive episodes.

The treatment is also quite different (lithium and stabilizers for bipolar, SSRI for depression)

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Dose-response relationship between number of comorbid anxiety disorders in adolescent bipolar / unipolar disorders, and psychosis, suicidality, substance abuse and familiarity.
Although the family functioning and caregiving burden were found varying across different diagnoses of SMI (e.g., those with unipolar disorder had significantly higher family functioning and those with psychotic disorders had much high family burden than those with both unipolar and bipolar disorders) [32], these significant relationships may reveal the impacts of the patients' perceived EE on their family members' health and well-being in caring for a relative with MI [2, 11].
The patients with unipolar disorder expressed significantly higher perceived EE of their family members than those with the other three illness subgroups (schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder), in terms of the mean total score and most of the four subscales, and those with bipolar disorder reported the relatively lowest mean total and subscale scores among the four subgroups of SMI.
There's also a designation we use for recurrent episodes of depression without mania, which we call unipolar disorder. You would have recurrent depressions, but without highs.
But the scale could not differentiate between bipolar and unipolar disorder.
Almost 450 million people in the world suffer from mental or behavior disorder and 33% of the years lived with disability (YLD) are due to neuropsychiatric disorders where unipolar disorders alone contribute to 12-13% of YLDs.
Although psychosis and psychiatric hospitalizations are more common in BD I than unipolar disorders, (6) individuals with BD SP are less likely to report psychosis than those with nonseasonal BD.
The elevated risk for schizophrenialike disorders persists for 30 days post partum, risk for bipolar affective disorders persists for 2 months post partum, and risk for unipolar disorders persists for 5 months post partum.