Depressive and manic symptoms are not opposite poles in bipolar disorder.

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Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica , Vol. 123, No. 3. , pp. 206-210, doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2010.01602.x This study of 236 individuals with bipolar disorders employed longitudinal analyses to determine whether the symptoms of mania and depression can be understood as one dimension or two relatively independent dimensions.

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Mr Blue

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#1 Aug 10, 2013
The VA Hospital diagnosed me as "bipolar", but most of the time I feel "unipolar" would be more accurate. I've never had the "delusions of grandeur" that's commonly seen in manic episodes (e.g., I've never considered running for President or swimming the English Channel.) The one manic symptom that I do display is "hyperactivity of speech" but it doesn't happen very often.

Such a mysterious disease to diagnose and treat, so many sufferers waiting for The Big Answer. Let's hope that medical technology can soon discern the exact type of depression a person has, perhaps through improved brain scans or some other technology. All the doctors can do right now is to ask you questions, or observe your behavior which is a far too subjective method for diagnosing this brain condition. Think of this matter as when X-rays were introduced, and how much better they worked over prodding and palpating.

The next crucial step would be to accurately determine the therapeutic dosage levels of the meds used for treating that type of depression. The current hit-or-miss method of, "let's try adding some Bupropion and increase the dosage of lithium by 100mg and see what happens during the next month or so..." approach is a waste of time and can be risky at best, fatal at the worst.

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I've been on Effexor from only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.

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