Q: What Features Differentiates Bipolar Depression from MDD?
Bipolar depression is characterized by significantly higher rates of:
- Psychomotor retardation
- Difficulty thinking
- Early morning awakening, morning worsening
- Psychotic features
NOTE:- Psychomotor retardation is the most robust feature distinguishing Bipolar depression from MDD. Also noted is more relevance of psychomotor retardation to Bipolar 1 vs Bipolar 2 & MDD.
Source: Mitchell et al. The British Journal of Psychiatry (2011) 199, 303–309.
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