An article on Healio reports that people with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder process emotions differently while depressed and while in remission. When compared to people with bipolar disorder and to healthy controls, people with major depressive disorder were less able to regulate both happy and sad emotions effectively. People with bipolar disorder had particular difficulties regulating negative emotions, but exhibited normal regulation of positive emotions. These findings indicate that while major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder may be difficult to distinguish clinically while in a depressed state, the experience for the individual differs substantially. To read this article in its entirety, click here.