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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Manic Depressive (Overview)

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.


Dr. Linda Callaghan
69 Doctors shared insights

Manic Depressive (Overview)

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.


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In my 30's now and diagnosed as bi-polar but was a manic depressive at 13, don't want to take pills again, how can I cope?

In my 30's now and diagnosed as bi-polar but was a manic depressive at 13, don't want to take pills again, how can I cope?

Meds May Help: It is always good to pay attention to behavioral and environmental strategies to help you cope with your mood. For example, good sleeping habits, good nutrition, and consistent exercise are important. It also helps to have a good therapist and a support network of friends. However, please remember that bipolar disorder is related to biological changes in the brain, and meds may be helpful for now. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between having depression and being manic-depressive?

I want to know what is the difference between having depression and being manic-depressive?

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

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Is topomax being used for bipolar disorder currently (off label)...Would it treat the manic or depressive phase? Has anyone had luck with it?

Is topomax being used for bipolar disorder currently (off label)...Would it treat the manic or depressive phase? Has anyone had luck with it?

Topamax (topiramate): Topamax (topiramate) has been used off label to reduce the severity of both high and low mood swings. It's important to get baseline blood work and serum levels as u go forward. Remember that many meds take 4-6 wks to get to therapeutic levels. Be patient. ...Read more

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How effective is haldol (haloperidol) in treating manic depressive disorders?

How effective is haldol (haloperidol) in treating manic depressive disorders?

Can Help Somewhat: Haldol (haloperidol) can be helpful for the agitation that is often seen in bipolar disorder, and it is often helpful for any psychotic symptoms that may be present. It will tend to not be helpful for the specific mood-related problems seen in bipolar disorder. Also, there can be concerns with long-term Haldol (haloperidol) use that require regular monitoring. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for manic-depressive disorder?

What is the treatment for manic-depressive disorder?

Medications plus: Bipolar disorder almost always requires treatment with so-called mood stabilizers, of which there are several classes--lithium anticonvulsants, and antipsychotics. Other types of support also may be valuable using individual or group therapy. ...Read more

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How will I be able to tell when I've been cured of my manic-depressive disorder?

How will I be able to tell when I've been cured of my manic-depressive disorder?

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

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What is the best way to deal with & communicate with an untreated, & in denial manic-depressive; who is also an alcoholic/drug user/father 2 my kid?

What is the best way to deal with & communicate with an untreated, & in denial manic-depressive; who is also an alcoholic/drug user/father 2 my kid?

Protect your child: It is difficult to communicate with someone under the influence of drugs/alcohol, especially with a psych disorder. Your primary concern should be for the safety of you child obtaining full custody. Communication may be limited to a mediator such as lawyer or case manager if he is not receptive to you. ...Read more

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My dad is manic depressive, how likly am I to be as well?

My dad is manic depressive, how likly am I to be as well?

20%: 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

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I'm afraid that I'm a Manic Depressive?

I'm afraid that I'm a Manic Depressive?

Please let your: Parents know -especially about your thoughts of suicide. You need prompt psychological/ psychiatric evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you are a manic depressive?

How do you tell if you are a manic depressive?

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

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

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

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

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What is the definition or description of: Manic depressive?

What is the definition or description of: Manic depressive?

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

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What to do if my boyfriend is a manic depressive, what do you think?

What to do if my boyfriend is a manic depressive, what do you think?

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

Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,586 Doctors shared insights

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. John Moranville
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Mania (Definition)

Mania is a symptom of a bipolar illness. This condition is most commonly characterized by having an abnormally elevated mood, along with such other symptoms as an excess of energy, extravagant behavior, rapid speech, ...Read more