Depression and Bipolar Disorders

Depression
Depressive disorders are marked by significant depressed mood most of the day for a prolonged period of time, markedly diminished interest or pleasure, changes in weight, changes in sleep, psychomotor changes, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, difficulty concentrating, and/or recurrent thoughts of death.

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is marked by a manic episode, characterized by a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated or irritable mood, with associated symptoms including grandiosity, pressured speech, reduced need for sleep, distractability, agitation, increased goal-directed activity, and excessive involvement in risky behaviors.

These mood disorders can be severely debilitating, often without the person being fully aware of the experience or effects of the condition. However the ramifications of depression or bipolar disorder are real and incapacitating, severely restricting a person’s ability to function and limiting a person’s capacity to engage in life consistently and meaningfully. They are effectively treated with a comprehensive regimen, including cognitive behavioral therapy, insight-oriented therapy, improved structure, and medication when appropriate.