Depressed feelings are as common as a happy feeling. Everybody will feel a depressed mood – in a person with Bipolar disorder the depressed mood is a completely different mood from what a typical person will feel.
Times when a typical depression mood will occur is with events such as a funeral, a canceled vacation, loss of work, or the end of a romantic relationship. People in this depressed state can still function in their daily activities. They still will be able to smile, laugh, and communicate with others willingly. Their depressed feelings will not completely prevent them from functioning. A person with Bipolar will have a very different experience.
A person with Bipolar in a depressed state will be in a constant sad state filled with guilt, regret, and feel they are completely to blame for their current situation. A person who is Bipolar may stay deep in their depression and unable to enjoy things they normally found exciting such as their favorite music, watching their favorite sports, or eating their favorite foods.
People in a major depressive state may be easily irritated and suffer extreme misery. Levels of physical and mental energy are usually very low. Sleep patterns will usually include very little sleep, or extreme amounts of sleep. This depression can lead to feelings of constant worry and doubt about their job, their friends, or romantic partners. They may fear being fired or abandoned. This can and usually will affect their day to day activities which could alienate themselves from social interactions. The difference from someone in a sad mood and a person with Bipolar Disorder who has depressed feelings will be very obvious. Medical attention is usually the best method for dealing with this mental state.