What is Manic Depression?
Manic depression is a type of affective or mood disorder. Also known as bipolar disorder, It causes dramatic mood changes and distorted thought processes. This may lead to weird sensitivities and inhibited social skills. The mood changes from depression to ecstasy, either gradually or suddenly within minutes or hours.
Generally, manic depression is first visible at a young age of 15 to 24 and continues throughout life. It is rarely diagnosed in children or adults of 65 years or more.
Manic depression has a genetic component and may be hereditary. It may also be due to physiological, environmental, social, psychological or neurological causes. Experience of cruelty, mental stress, illness, changes in health habits, substance abuse, hormonal imbalances, loss of someone or something, trauma, issues in relationships and loss of job are some of the other factors that trigger the disorder.
This disorder affects nearly 5.7 million adults accounting for 2.6% of 18 years or older population in the U.S. per year. Though it affects both genders equally, women generally exhibit more depressive symptoms and less mania signs. Statistics point out that about one percent of the adult population suffer from manic depression at some point in their life.
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Over 90 % of suicide victims have a diagnosable mental disorder….!!!
Severity of manic depression symptoms varies from person to person and ranges from very mild to impairment of work and normal life. Severe mania or depression requires hospitalization to prevent dangerous or fatal activities.
Clinical Signs During the Depression Phase of the Disorder Include the Following:
Loss of appetite resulting in weight loss or over-eating causing weight gain
Lack of concentration and memory resulting in indecisiveness
Low energy levels causing excess tiredness and fatigue
Feelings of guilt, unworthiness, helplessness, hopelessness, sadness, anxiety, restlessness, irritability and emptiness resulting in excessive crying and a highly pessimistic attitude on life
Insomnia or over-sleeping affecting health, causing persistent headaches, intestinal disorders and prolonged pain with no reaction to treatment
lack of enthusiasm in carrying out activities or hobbies that were enjoyed earlier, social isolation, reduced sex drive and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
The warning signs of the manic phase of the condition are incoherent thoughts that raise the speed and volume of speech, over-confidence, high self-esteem, lavish spending, useless philosophies and notions, untimely happiness, irritation and behavior, sexual disorder, highly energetic, increased productivity and creativity, poor decision-making and severe insomnia. These symptoms cause sleeplessness even for days and are associated with psychosis, hallucinations, delusions and fearful temper. The behavior is highly aggressive, provocative and destructive.
Though manic depression is evident during the depressive cycle, it is very difficult to recognize the disorder during the mania phase. However, mania is the distinguishing sign of bipolar disorder or manic depression from clinical depression. For an individual to be diagnosed with manic depression, both depressive and manic symptoms must be identified.
Dealing with Manic Depression
Being a psychological disorder, manic depression cannot be diagnosed through the usual laboratory tests, x-rays or scan. Evaluation of signs and symptoms and enquiry about medical history and family background is the first step in diagnosing the disorder. Acute treatment aims at suppressing the present symptoms, while continuation and maintenance treatments prevent the return of symptoms and relapse of the disorder.
Following are 5 important Tips:
Self-care by regularly eating a well-balanced diet and drinking fluids helps to keep the body salts and fluids in balance. Avoid sweetened drinks, caffeine etc. to maintain optimum lithium levels.
Medications for treating manic depression are mood stabilizers like, lithium based anticonvulsants, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines. The depressed mood can be lifted by combining antidepressants and mood stabilizers with stimulants.
Psychotherapy that targets at changing the distortion in thoughts and opinions about one’s self and the environment around. It helps to deal with relationship issues and other stresses due to various factors and teaches how to avoid and ignore them. Electroconvulsive therapy is administered to stabilize the mood in highly severe cases.
Taking the opportunity to express feelings through words can be helpful. Listening and understanding can bring tremendous comfort to someone with manic depression.
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