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An estimated ten percent of all Americans suffer from some form of depression during their lives. This figure varies but is pretty much the same worldwide.
There are a few areas of the world that depression seems to have missed, but not many. Depression
The difference between depression and bipolar depression is in the severity and frequency. Depression alone is often brought about by life circumstances, while bipolar depression is
While those who are
Treatment of the two types of depression also varies. Those suffering from clinical depression are prescribed anti-depressants alone.
Those with bipolar depression, however, are often given a mood stabilizer first, and an antidepressant as a second choice if needed. Both medications adjust the brain chemicals to alleviate the depression, but the mood stabilizer also helps the person keep from going too far in the other direction and becoming manic.
To the person who suffers from depression, it feels the same regardless of what causes the mood. The important part knowing the difference plays is mainly in treatment options. A person that is