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Living With A Manic Depressive Spouse
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
Mania and depression: Manic depressive aka bipolar disorder includes manic episodes with elevated mood, decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, impulsivity, and grandiosity, usually alternating with episodes of decreased sef esteem and loss of interest, motivation and depressed mood. Mixed episodes are also possible. ...Read more
Bipolar: Manic-depressive illness is now known as bipolar disorder. It refers to a condition where episodes of depression are accompanied by (at least one) episode of increased energy (mania or hypomania - where hypomania means a little mania). For most people it is the depression that causes most of the disability but the presence of some manic symptoms affects treatment decisions. ...Read more
Manic Depression: 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. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I would share: Your concerns with him in a non-judgemental way at a time when things are calm (ie. Not when there is an argument). Provide specific information. Let him know that you care. You can encourage him to consider seeing his doctor for an evaluation. Take care. ...Read more
Hyperactive: Often hyperactive, delusional & hallucinating.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it normal for a manic depressive to lose touch with reality or could something else be going on?
Complicated question: Now this is a complicated question. When a bipolar person is untreated the judgement can be impaired. There could be poor decisions made. So the sense of stability and reality could be off. However there are other medical concerns that could cause same issues. You are best to see your doctor and have a doctor who knows you very Welk this way you are comfortable and can discuss exactly how you feel ...Read more
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
See below: As was said before, medication to stabilize mood and psychotherapy. Psychotherapy will help with sx awareness, work on treatment adherence, establishing daily routine, and self-care. Psychotherapy also will help with creating a "crisis card" things to do/people to contact when sx return. ...Read more
If a first degree relative (i.e. Father, mother, siblings) has bipolar disorder, the lifetime risk of developing an affective disorder (i.e.Depression, alcoholism, or bipolar disorder) is 20%. The risk among the general population is 1%.
The good news is that there are effective treatments available. The bad news is that people must desire or want to take these meds. ...Read more
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
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
Yes It can: Yes it can.Get a more detailed answer ›
Stay Protected: We don't yet know how 2 cure manic-depressive disorder (aka bipolar disorder). We speak of helping people manage their symptoms & warning signs 2 prevent the recurrence of any manic or depressive episodes. Having loved ones & doctors u trust 2 help u watch 4 warning signs & help that ensure u stay well is ur best protection. Unfortunately, this disorder is notorious 4 causing people 2 lose insight. ...Read more
People with bipolar: Disorder I have known have had differing thoughts on the matter. When in the depths of despair - most people would willingly give up the depression. But, I have known people who did not want to give up on pure mania. There is less and less pure mania these days and more and more mixed episodes. Some people who are bipolar are intensely creative and see it as a blessing. This isn't simple. ...Read more
How likely is someone to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode with no medicine?
Possible: It is usually more common to have frequent episodes, but it is not impossible. Bipolar individuals on average have 4-7 episodes per 10 years. These episodes can last several months. ...Read more
Is it possible to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode while being on no medicine?
Yes: It's possible -- but I don't know what the person's illness you're talking about, is typically like. Sometimes people discontinue their medications because they don't want to take them. If a person with bipolar illness stops medication suddenly, s/he is more likely to have repeat episodes than with a more gradual taper. Also, substance abuse and erratic sleep/wake cycles make this more likely too. ...Read more
Mania itself: 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
ECT: Ect is sometimes used for individuals who have treatment-resistent depression or who for one reason or another cannot take traditional medications. It is thought to essentially "reset the circuits" and can be very effective for some people. It is essentially painless, and the number of treatments is dependant on the symptoms and severity. ...Read more
Depression =: Unipolar depression. Manic Depression = mania or combination of depression and mania or hypomania. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees ...Read more
No Difference: No difference.Get a more detailed answer ›
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