The diagnostic criteria for mental health ailments can have a ton of overlap, which can often make learning about them confusing and overwhelming. For example, having excessive anxiety over menial things can be a sign of anything from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to Panic Disorder to even Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Perhaps all the complexity contributes to the societal stigma surrounding mental health problems. After all, it’s very easy to fear something one doesn’t understand.

We here at Health Recovery Center, as an addiction treatment center and a mental health facility, are here to help fight this stigma, both when it comes to mental health rehab and treatment for addiction. Though we can’t explain all mental health or addiction symptoms in a single article, we know that every bit of information dispersed about these conditions matters.

Below, we discuss two commonly confused mental health problems—Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder—and the symptoms that set them apart.

Major Depressive Disorder: More Than Just Feeling Down

Feeling a little blue is a normal human experience. Perhaps you had a tough day at work or recently got into a fight with a loved one. Someone who has Major Depressive Disorder isn’t just feeling a little blue, however; the illness can lead people to feel sad, hopeless, or even downright distraught about their life for weeks or months on end. Lethargy and sleep problems are par for the course, and indifference to previously pleasurable activities is also a common symptom. If not treated, Major Depressive Disorder can even lead to thoughts or attempts of suicide.

Bipolar Disorder: More Than Just Mood Swings

Though people often use the word “bipolar” as an insult, in truth, it’s a life-threatening illness that, like Major Depressive Disorder, can drive those suffering to attempt suicide. It isn’t something to be taken lightly.

While Bipolar Disorder can present many of the same symptoms as Major Depressive Disorder, one key feature sets Bipolar apart: the presence of the manic or hypomanic episodes. These episodes can be characterized by unusual amounts of energy, euphoria, and impaired judgement.

Always Contact a Professional for Mental Health Rehab

Every mental health case is an individual, and every case deserves the caring, individualized help of the professionals at Health Recovery Center of Minneapolis. Through the revolutionary practice of orthomolecular medicine, we promise to bring you a permanent solution to your mental health problems. Learn a bit about the noble history of our founder here, or contact us today at 800-554-9155.