"All too frequently we find ourselves alone, shunned by the world around us and lacking the strength to make our presence felt."
ONE quick look at the menu below will tell you that depression and bipolar disorder are terms rather than realities. Yes, we need to know all about the fine points of diagnostic categories, but far more vital is context. Your so-called depression may track more like bipolar. Conversely, if you have bipolar you are likely to be depressed way more than you are manic. Similarly, you are certain to have a lot more going on than just mood.
If you came here looking for info on depression, I strongly urge you to read the articles on bipolar disorder as well, plus the mood spectrum articles. This is because there is a good chance that your doctor may have misdiagnosed you with clinical depression when you may have bipolar or something going on in the mood spectrum.
Most individuals with bipolar were first misdiagnosed with depression and put on the wrong treatments. We don't want this to happen to you.
Note: the first four articles on depression are meant to be read as a series.
Enough talking. The first step in living well involves knowing thyself. The articles below will get you started.
The pic to illustrate Mood is a close-up of La Tour's "Magdalen at Night." The woman seems to question her very existence. We have all been there.
The Mood Spectrum