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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more


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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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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?

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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Treating Mania (Checklist)

Track your moods using a mood graph
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Identify lows and highs
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Match behaviors to mood
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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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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your doctor and counselor. Follow their advice and treatment.
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Start a journal. Write anything – a prayer, feeling, poem, or doodle
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Call your doctor with any self harm or suicidal thoughts.
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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: Topamax 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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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