Bipolar disorder and depression: How to tell the difference?

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My brother was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the start of the pandemic. Before, we thought he had depression.

He has to adjust to his new medications and take them like he's supposed to, but he doesn't want to hear anything about it. I don't know what arguments to use or what things I need to say to him to get him to see that he needs to treat himself. His mood swings are getting worse and worse. His last depressive episode was so bad.

How can I get him to understand that bipolar disorder is different than depression and that he needs to take care of himself?

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Bipolar disorder and depression: How to tell the difference?

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Hello @lolo256‍, thank you for opening this discussion and sharing what you've been going through with your brother. It can be hard watching a loved one go through something and not be able to help themselves. Let me tag some other members who can possibly share with you.

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

What do you think about @lolo256‍'s situation? How can she help her brother? How would you explain the difference between bipolar disorder and depression to someone?

Take care,

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