Bipolar disorder is known as a manic-depressive disorder. It consists of extreme mood variations, energy levels and
inability to carry out daily activities. One of the occurrences of bipolar disorder which results in extremes lows leads to depression.
Depression is also a separate disorder that can occur due to various other reasons. Bipolar depression is the term given to depression
that specifically occurs due to the existence of bipolar disorder. One must understand if the state of depression is due to bipolar disorder
or not as the treatment for each type of depression varies.
Look out for the following symptoms during bipolar depression
Loss of interest in activities that one would otherwise enjoy
Overeating or not eating at all
Too much or too little sleep
Difficulty in focusing or remembering things
Overall feeling of sadness, emptiness, and worthlessness
Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
In a state like that, a person is easily vulnerable. They are also at such a sensitive low that any kind of support and encouragement could help.
It is important to know or let them know that it is not uncommon and treatment is available. The detection of bipolar depression is difficult due to
which treatment often gets delayed. It is said that as many as 50% of people have been misdiagnosed with unipolar depression in cases of
bipolar depression. (according to Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine )
The treatment for bipolar depression happens through medication and therapies mainly. Some of the treatments include mood stabilizers
in addition to a placebo or an adjunctive antidepressant therapy with a mood stabilizer. These treatments could take up to 26 weeks.
(https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa064135) Bipolar depression requires medical attention and should not be taken lightly.
One must look into the symptoms of bipolar depression. To do so, you can also track your mood on a daily basis to know how you are feeling.
If the symptoms mentioned above prevail for longer periods of time, one must visit a medical practitioner for immediate diagnosis
and to ensure treatment starts at the earliest.