Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
918275 tn?1254068752

BIPOLAR & MAJOR DEPRESSION

Is it possible to be bipolar and have major depressive disorder at the same time? I thought that major depressive disorder was unipolar by definition.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
3 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Avatar universal
the very definition of BP is highs and lows. My major depressions were extremely deep and lasted much longer than the highs so yes, you can have major depression and be BP.
Helpful - 0
539694 tn?1434565947
In my experience is rare to be diagnosed as both at the same time upon first deciding, most bipolar sufferers are diagnosed as major depressive in the early states because they only seek treatment when theyre in the lows, when we're manic we feel great so forget we're really actually very sick. Its only when doctors realise someone is bipolar that they change the diagnosis. What bastet has said about being low for far longer than high is true im mostly like that in fact but i also become ultradian when im active and functioning meaning i cycle very very rapidly i was like that for about 2 years up until 6 months ago and i found rapid cycling was when i was at my most content and happy because when its that fast you cant help but feel buzzy constantly because your body tries to keep up.

Do you think you may be bipolar? we would be interrested to hear more
Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
Wow I never would of thought it would be possible to be diagnosed with both of those.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Bipolar Disorder Community

Top Mood Disorders Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
15 signs that it’s more than just the blues
Discover the common symptoms of and treatment options for depression.
We've got five strategies to foster happiness in your everyday life.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.