Bipolar disorder is characterized by both manic episodes and periods of depression. Manic episodes, or “mania,” are the emotional highs, while depressive episodes are the lows. Some people living with bipolar disorder will experience symptoms of mania and depression at the same time.
When a new mother’s sadness or other baby blues symptoms become more intense, last longer than two weeks, or begin to interfere with her ability to care for herself or her family, she may be suffering from postpartum depression.
Of all mental health disorders, depression is among the most treatable. A majority of patients respond well to treatments and find relief from their depression symptoms.
Unlike PMS symptoms, the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder are more severe. PMDD causes significant physical discomfort, extreme mood changes, and impairment in daily life.