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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

Mania: People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. ...Read more

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Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

These are different: Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: manic depressive disorder?

What is the definition or description of: manic depressive disorder?

Aka Bipolar disorder: Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar questions for additional details. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: manic-depressive disorder?

What is the definition or description of: manic-depressive disorder?

Manic depressive: This is an older term for what is now called bipolar disorder -- a mood disorder where a person experiences both depression and manic or hypomanic episodes over time. Bipolar disorder can be treated with mood stabilizing medications and antipsychotics as necessary. Sometimes antidepressants are used also, but caution is advised with those. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001924/. ...Read more

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Can i be manic-depressive (bipolar)?

Get psyche eval to: Know. People who are bipolar disorder present with lows (depression) ; highs (hypomania or mania). When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis. ...Read more

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Can manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) be considered as legally insane?

Agree w Dr Moranvill: You are referring to a legal issue which has a number of other components other than just diagnosis. Different states may vary in determination of what legally determines competency (capacity). ...Read more

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Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Depends: On the severity of the illness, most patients with bipolar disorders function well without needing disability benefits. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Manic Depressive (Definition)

is also called Bipolar Disorder. Mania is extreme hyperactivity, e.g., not sleeping, talking excessively, spending lots of money, etc. Depression is slowness, hopelessness, not going to work, etc. People who bounce back and forth the extremes of these states can be diagnosed w/BPD. ...Read more