Doctor insights on:
Mania Vs Depression Symptoms
I've been experiencing all the symptoms of schizophrenia for the past year. Also, I experience mania and more often depression. What's wrong with me?
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
How does seroquel (quetiapine) work? It helps with mania, but what about the anxiety, depression and other symptoms of bipolar?
Mood Swings: Manic depression is now called bipolar disorder. It is possible to only have a manic (or mixed) episode and still fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Symptoms of mania include rapid speech, racing thoughts, insomnia, impulsive behaviors and mood elevation. There are other symptoms which are best evaluated by a psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends : The classic symptoms go from a deep depression to high highs where the person might spend money foolishly or lavishly, not sleep, talk loud and fast , and might be anxious or paranoid. Not all people have classic symptoms so it is important for a professional to diagnose the disorder ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Highs and lows: Bipolar (having two poles, high and low) is the newer term for what used to be called manic-depressive illness. Depression is the low pole. Hypomania is partway into the accelerated and high or irritable mood and mania is a full high mood with euphoria or agitation, sometimes hallucinations, rapid speech, crowded thoughts, poor social and financial judgement, etc. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sad or stimulated ?: Insomnia is a symptom of depression. People who are depressed can have difficulty falling asleep. However, they will usually wake up early and have difficulty sleeping again. People who have mania do not have difficulty sleeping. They just have a decreased need for sleep. For example, they could feel rested after only three hours of sleep. They are too stimulated to feel the need for much sleep. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
AKA Bipolar Disorder: In manic depression, known today as bipolar disorder, an individual must experience at least one depressive and one manic episode. For a complete listing of all symptoms and more information about this disorder, check out the national institute of mental health web-site: http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What are early symptoms of manic-depression? How is it isolated from being just naturally moody or emotional, or hormonal?
Impairment: Normal mood variation should not be associated with the degree of impairment seen in people with bipolar or manic-depression. It is not associated with the array of symptoms (fatigue, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, etcetera) seen in people with bipolar. Also, most people with bipolar have had at least one major depressive episode. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bipolar: A person may fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar d/o and have never been depressed. That is why the term: manic-depression is confusing. It may be common for those with bipolar d/o to have up and down mood swings, but the depressive part is not what defines the bipolar d/o. There are many medications which may induce a manic episode, too many to list here. ...Read more
I have very bad depression, but at times, i will feel perfectly normal and happy. I will be very energetic as well. Could this be mania?
Possibly: You should tell your psychiatrist about these symptoms. You can go online and type in md q questionnaire for bipolar disorder. You can download it and fill it out and take it to your psychiatrist and then discuss the findings. In my experience it is best to have the questionnaire plus a diagnostic interview with the patient and preferably a friend or relative. Bipolar disorder is notoriously difficult to diagnose. You may not be aware of the length of those high episodes whereas someone else may be. That can make it much easier to clinch a diagnosis. Also remember it's possible to have mixtures of highs and lows and the highs are oftenirritable highs and not always good mood highs. You should report those to your psychiatrist as well. Best wishes for a blessed holiday season. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Depakote is formally approved for mania and mixed episodes (or irritable mania) in Bipolar Disorder. It is also commonly used as a maintenance medication (i.e. a true mood stabilizer) to decrease the total number of mood episodes in a year. However, it has not been shown to help depressions in Bipolar Disorder ...Read more
Cyclothymia also: I agree with drs. Fox and ali -- but want to add cyclothymia also in the mood disorders. It causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type i or ii. It is not very common but starts in teen years -- and stable periods last less than 2 months. Can bring about all kinds of difficulties, if untreated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What to do if I have depression add anxiety and hypo mania. What are the chances my kids will have these?
I have been diagnosed with pstd and borderline mania, depression, and anxiety.I am wanting to know what would be the best medicine for me to take ?
Complicated.: This is a complicated question. As you recognize you have four separate diagnoses: PTSD / depression / mania / anxiety. The meds that treat these overlap quite a bit and the selection of meds will depend upon which of these is really driving your symptoms. Best med or (probably) combo of meds will not be the same for everyone and will have to take into account all kinds of factors. ...Read more
No.: Severity of depression does not predispose one to mania. In fact, if someone has a lifelong history of depressive episodes without mania, they are likely to have more depressive episodes. A history of bipolar disorder symptoms makes it more likely that they will have mania as an adult, especially if untreated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers