Bipolar and Depressive Disorders
Directions: Although bipolar and depressive disorders share several key similarities, some aspects are radically different among these disorders. The completion of this chart gives you an opportunity to thoroughly compare and contrast these specific disorders. Complete the table below by following the example provided for Cyclothymic Disorder. Include examples and at least two scholarly references as reference notes below the chart.
Note: “D/O” is an acronym for disorder
|Disorder & Features||Depressive Episode?||Manic Episode?||Hypomanic Episode?||Duration of Clinically-Significant Symptoms||Duration of Symptom-Free Intervals||Distinguish From (Differential Diagnosis):||Comorbidity (Often Seen With):|
|Cyclothymic Disorder||No, but episodes only that do not meet full criteria||No||No, but episodes only that do not meet full criteria||2+ yr. in Adults
1+ yr. in Adolescents
|No longer than 2 months||Psychotic D/O
Major Depressive Disorder
|Dysthymia Persistent Depressive Disorder|
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
|Bipolar I Disorder|
|Bipolar II Disorder|
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