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    Is it depression or bipolar disorder?


    Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, involves serious shifts in moods, energy, thinking, and behavior. Because it looks so similar to depression when in the low phase, it is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. This can be a serious problem as taking antidepressants for bipolar depression can actually make the condition worse. If you've ever gone through phases where you experienced excessive feelings of euphoria, a decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, and impulsive behavior, consider getting evaluated for bipolar disorder.

    Depression and suicide risk

    Depression is a major risk factor for suicide. The deep despair and hopelessness that goes along with depression can make suicide feel like the only way to escape the pain. If you have a loved one with depression, take any suicidal talk or behavior seriously and watch for the warning signs:

        1. Talking about killing or harming one's self
        2. Expressing strong feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
        3. An unusual preoccupation with death or dying
        4. Acting recklessly, as if they have a death wish (e.g. speeding through red lights)
        5. Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
        6. Getting affairs in order (giving away prized possessions, tying up loose ends)
        7. Saying things like "Everyone would be better off without me" or "I want out"
        8. A sudden switch from being extremely depressed to acting calm and happy

    If you think a friend or family member is considering suicide, express your concern and seek help immediately. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.

     Source: Help Guide

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