January 12, 2014
There is a distinct difference between bipolar and unipolar disorder, although both disorders may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain, head injuries or genetically passed down through the gene pool. These disorders have different characteristics, symptoms, and require different treatments. There are however, some things both of these disorders have in common, which are the fact that they both cause anxieties, abnormal sleep patterns, and depression. Unipolar disorder is also known as a ‘clinical’ depression or ‘major’ depression, while bipolar disorder is known as ‘manic’ depression. The word ...view middle of the document...
Usually when you hear people talking about being diagnosed with or treated for depression, they are often referring to unipolar depression. There are a lot of important differences between bipolar and unipolar disorders, such as differences in how the illness makes them feel and behave, and differences in how they are supported through treatment. Not only do people with these disorders go through low moods and depression, individuals with bipolar disorder also have high moods known as mania where they may experience increased energy, insomnia, feelings of euphoria or even impulsive behaviors like being promiscuous or going on major shopping sprees. Someone that has a unipolar disorder does not go through the “highs” of bipolar depression; they stay on the “low” side.
Everyone gets sad from time to time, but when someone is experiencing abnormal changes in behavior, it is important to reach out to them and offer help before things possibly get worse. Some changes to look for in a person that may have unipolar disorder could be as follows: lack of interest in activities that were once pleasurable, difficulty focusing, feelings of helplessness and guilt, suicidal thoughts and feelings, extreme sadness or depressed moods, apathy and low energy levels, loneliness or withdrawal from friends and family, and even not be able to sleep or sleeping all the...