My psychiatrist diagnosed me with manic depressive disorder but also told me that I am not bipolar but when I looked it up it seemed like that they are the same thing and now I'm not confused than ever... Help?!
Manic depressive disorder is an older term for bipolar disorder. It is possible that your psychiatrist intended to use a different term to give you a different diagnosis. It is also possible that your psychiatrist avoided using the term 'bipolar' because the word sometimes carries a negative connotation. If you are really worried about it you should definitely call your doctor and ask them to explain everything for you.
Hi, e! Rosebud's answer is spot on. If you're manic depressive you ARE bipolar, but there are many types and subtypes of bipolar disorder. Your doctor may have used the term mainc depression to avoid confusion. Obviously, THAT didn't work!
At any rate, regardless of terminology, the medications should be the same.
Best wishes, WCV
They are one an the same.I worked as a Psychiatric RN for 22 years. Out of all the mental health issues, bipolar/manic-depression was the most responsive to treatment. One must open up their eyes to their ongoing issues, embrace treatment an follow the sage advice of their psychiatrists. Actively participate in therapy with an open mind.Recreational drugs or alcoholism can make you worse. An please,,, please, PLEASE, remain educated about yourself at all times! You can stay on the road to being a happy, healthy an productive human being if you do.I have seen many bipolar/manic depressive individuals do very well once diagnosed & treatments are appropriately followed. Don't let the mental health lingo trip you up or scare you.You just concentrate on what you need to do for yourself to stay well no matter what the diagnosis is.
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