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A Miserable Life with Manic Depression

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, can be very serious and disabling. Manic depressive people have to constantly battle with their extreme mood swings, from mania to depression and vice versa. Because of the depression component of the disorder, sufferers are bound to exhibit the same symptoms as those of clinical depression until they shift to the manic phase where a totally different set of symptoms appear. People get depressed from time to time, but there are those who simply cannot get out of the slump. There is much research done and still being done on depression, its causes and treatments.

An accurate diagnosis of the existence of manic depression can be done by qualified mental health providers. People who have manic depression usually go through more than one cycle although a single episode can provide adequate information about the patient’s mood instability. When in mania, the sufferer feels euphoric and may engage in spending sprees which could put the family budge in jeopardy. It is also common for the manic depressive to experience heightened sexual drive which can goad them into casual sexual encounters. They may feel highly energized for physical activities but they often find it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand. Most people who have manic depression also suffer from insomnia.

Manic Depression Should Be Treated by a Professional

A psychiatrist must be consulted by any person who thinks that he or someone close to him has manic depression. Immediate intervention is necessary because the patient can put himself or others at risk. Along with the evaluation of the symptoms manifested by the patient, his medical history is also reviewed to rule out any other underlying medical reason for the depression. The professional also goes through the family history of medical and psychiatric concerns because mood disorders tend to run in families. As manic depressive people are generally unaware of their condition, the responsibility to get them to receive treatment often lies on the people around them. Getting the right treatment is crucial because manic depression gets worse if left untreated.

There are several treatment options available to anybody who has manic depression. One is therapy where they can consult with either a psychiatrist or psychologist who can help them look into the problem areas of their lives and guide them in making the necessary adjustments or acceptance to resolve inner issues and conflicts. Then there are support groups where the sufferer can share with others who are in a similar situation. These groups are almost always moderated by a professional. Of course, people with manic depression may have to take medications, usually mood stabilizers to regulate the mood and help the person avoid mood swings. The first medicine often prescribed is Lithium although there are also other drugs that can provide effective treatment for the disorder. Most drugs for manic depression are known to have side effects; so for his benefit, the patient should immediately report to his doctor any discomfort that may be associated with his current medications.

More Resources

Bipolar disorder Definition – Diseases and Conditions – Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/basics/definition/con-20027544
Bipolar disorder – sometimes called manic-depressive disorder – is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts in the other direction, you may feel euphoric and full of energy. Mood shifts may occur only a few times a year, or as often as several times a day. In some cases, bipolar disorder causes symptoms of depression and mania at the same time.

Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder – New York Presbyterian Hospital
http://nyp.org/health/mentalhealth-bipolar.html

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is classified as a type of affective disorder or mood disorder that goes beyond the day’s ordinary ups and downs, becoming a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country. Manic depression is characterized by periodic episodes of extreme elation, elevated mood, or irritability (also called mania) countered by periodic, classic depressive symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depression | CHOP | The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/bipolar-disorder-manic-depression-1.html
Manic depression is likely to run in families and, in some cases, is believed to be hereditary. Family history of substance abuse also increases the risk of developing manic depression. Researchers are still seeking to identify a gene (or genes) that may be responsible for this disorder.

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder | Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/mental_health_disorders/manic_depressionbipolar_disorder_85,P00743/
Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is classified as a type of affective disorder or mood disorder that goes beyond the day’s ordinary ups and downs, and is a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country. Manic depression is characterized by periodic episodes of extreme elation, elevated mood, or irritability (also called mania) countered by periodic, classic depressive symptoms.

Manic Depression / Bipolar Disorder – New York Presbyterian Hospital
http://nyp.org/health/mentalhealth-bipolar.html
Manic depression affects more than 5.7 million American adults – or about 2.6 percent of Americans age 18 and older in a given year. When symptoms are present before the age of 12, they are often confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a syndrome that is usually characterized by serious and persistent difficulties resulting in inattentiveness or distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depression | CHOP | The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/bipolar-disorder-manic-depression-1.html
Manic depression affects more than 5.7 million American adults, 18 years of age and older, each year. And, 20 percent to 30 percent of adult bipolar patients report having their first manic episode before the age of 20. When symptoms are present before the age of 12, they are often confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – a syndrome that is usually characterized by serious and persistent difficulties resulting in inattentiveness or distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder – The University of Chicago Medicine
http://www.uchospitals.edu/online-library/content%3DP00743
Manic depression affects more than 5.7 million American adults–or about 2.6 percent of Americans age 18 and older in a given year. When symptoms are present before the age of 12, they are often confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–a syndrome that is usually characterized by serious and persistent difficulties resulting in inattentiveness or distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.

Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is classified as a type of affective disorder or mood disorder that goes beyond the day’s ordinary ups and downs, and is a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country. Manic depression is characterized by periodic episodes of extreme elation, elevated mood, or irritability (also called mania) countered by periodic, classic depressive symptoms.

Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depression | CHOP | The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
http://www.chop.edu/healthinfo/bipolar-disorder-manic-depression-1.html
Manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is classified as a type of affective disorder (also called mood disorder) that goes beyond the day’s ordinary ups and downs, and is becoming a serious medical condition and important health concern in this country. Manic depression is characterized by periodic episodes of extreme elation, happiness, elevated mood, or irritability (also called mania) countered by periodic, classic major depressive symptoms.

Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder – The University of Chicago Medicine
http://www.uchospitals.edu/online-library/content%3DP00743
Manic depression is likely to run in families and, in some cases, is believed to be hereditary. Researchers are still undergoing intense research to identify a gene that may be responsible for this disorder.

What’s the difference between depression and manic depression? | This Emotional Life
http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/whats-difference-between-depression-and-manic-depression
The difference is really quite simple, though. Manic depression – or bipolar disorder – includes clinical depression as a part of its diagnosis. You can’t have bipolar disorder without also having had an episode of clinical depression. That’s why the two disorders shared similar names for many years, because they both include the component of clinical depression.

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