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Bipolar and Depressive Disorders

Comparison Chart

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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, butepisodes only that do not meet full criteria No No, butepisodes only that do not meet full criteria 2+ yr. in Adults

1+ yr. in Adolescents

No longer than 2 months Psychotic D/O

Bipolar D/O

Borderline PD

Substance-Induced D/O

Substance-Related D/O

Sleep D/O


MDDMajor Depressive Disorder  



DysthymiaPersistent Depressive Disorder              
DMDDDisruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder              
Bipolar I Disorder              
Bipolar II Disorder  

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