Associations Between Major Depressive Disorder And Bipolar Disorder

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Associations between Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder
Major Depressive Episodes are prominent in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder which can create difficultly to the differentiation of the both. As found in Forty et.al (2008)’s study, Major Depressive Episodes contributes to the optimum management of the two disorders, which they also suggest that it is of great clinical importance to be able to distinguish between them. (Kennedy, Lam, Parikh, Patten, & Ravindran, 2009). To have the best effect of treatment, a correct diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder must be made, furthermore for an individual to be prescribed for the wrong treatment such as an antidepressant treatment for bipolar depression, can adversely affect their long term diagnosis by causing their moods to be unstable whilst enhancing their frequency of their depressive episodes which can ultimately lead to treatment resistance (Forty, et.al, 2008). These findings were consistent with previous research.
Forty et.al. (2008) conducted a study to examine a large cohort of patients with a depressive illness. He parted them into two groups, Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Forty discovered that several clinical features could be distinguished between with bipolar disorder being characterised by the presence of psychosis, diurnal mood variation and hypersomnia in comparison to Major Depressive Disorder where patients displayed greater self-reproach and…
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