Coping with depression must be hard for ordinary people. All of us will experience depression and we will have different approaches in combating it.
Here is a small article about manic depression or what is called bipolar depression.
Manic depressive – What does it mean?
Manic depressive refers to mood swings from overly “high” (manic) to overly “low” (depressed). Another name for manic-depressive illness is bipolar disorder. This refers to a person’s mood alternating between “poles” of mania (highs) and depression (lows). Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual changes in the person’s mood, energy, and ability to function.
Manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder affects both men and women. Although it can start at any age, it usually begins in late adolescence. Bipolar disorder is found among people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and social classes. It appears to have a genetic link and tends to run in families. Unfortunately, in addition to affecting the sufferer’s life, this disease also has the potential to devastate the lives of the caregivers and those in the immediate family circle.
The National Institute of Mental Health lists the following Symptoms:
The National Institute of Mental Health lists many of the following Manic Depression symptoms.1 Manic disorder that characterize the high or ‘manic’ aspect of manic disorder are called episode includes the following:
- Increased energy, activity, and restlessness
- Excessively ‘high,’ overly good, euphoric mood
- Distractibility, can’t concentrate well
- Racing thoughts and talking very fast
- Jumping from one idea to another
- Little sleep needed
- Increased sexual drive
- Spending sprees
- Poor judgment
- Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers
- Extreme irritability
- Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior
- Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and sleeping medications
- Denial that anything is wrong
- Lasting period of behavior that is different from usual
Symptoms of manic disorder that characterize the low or ‘depressive’ aspect of manic-depressive disorder are the following:
- Lasting sad, anxious, or empty mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed, including sex
- Decreased energy, a feeling of fatigue or of being “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Restlessness or irritability
- Sleeping too much, or can’t sleep
- Change in appetite and / or unintended weight loss or gain
- Chronic pain or persistent bodily symptoms not caused by illness or injury
- Thoughts of death or suicide / suicide attempts
If you have the following symptoms, it is recommended that you visit a health professional.
http://www.allaboutlifechallenges.org/manic-depressive.htm and The National Institute of Mental Heath: www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bipolar.cfm