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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Overview)

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.


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How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
779 Doctors shared insights

Manic Depressive Disorder (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Manic depressive disorder (Tip)

How do I deal with the extreme highs and lows of my emotional state? ...See 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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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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Manic depressive disorder (Tip)

Keep a daily mood journal where you log your symptoms and severity—over time you'll see patterns. ...See more

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Treating Mania (Checklist)

Track your moods using a mood graph
daily
Identify your lows and highs
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Try to match your behaviors to your mood
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How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

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

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How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

Manic: Bipolar cycles usually last an average of few weeks, with exception of rapid cyclers who can show mood shifts day in/day out. ...Read more

Dr. Bret Johnson Dr. Johnson
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Manic depressive disorder (Tip)

If you are feeling "high" on your mood, pls check in with your doc asap ; avoid acting on impulse. ...See more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure your OCD is not a possible side effect of any of your medications
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How can I tell when I've grown out of my manic-depressive disorder?

How can I tell when I've grown out of my manic-depressive disorder?

Agree w Dr. Harris.: Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder) is usually a life long illness. However, often mania burns out over the years. Symptoms might remain well controlled with appropriate medications, therapy and lifestyle choices. ...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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Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder (Checklist)

Buy a white light box, and use it daily
Daily
Stick to a strict sleep schedule
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Keep a regular schedule
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Keep in touch with your friends and family members
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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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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure that your child's evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
Monthly
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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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Would you give up your manic depressive disorder to become plain like everybody else?

Would you give up your manic depressive disorder to become plain like everybody else?

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

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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your counselor, and make sure to follow his or her advice and treatment plan
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Start a journal, and write prayers, feelings, poems, or doodles
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Call your doctor if you experience self-harming thoughts or suicidal thoughts
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How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

Can vary: An untreated manic episode can last anywhere from a few weeks to even months. If the person has rapid cycling bipolar, their mood can cycle several times a day. ...Read more

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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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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Go to cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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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 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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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and seek help
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Ask for a counseling referral
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Ask a professional whether you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily, and if you are having trouble, start slowly with a daily walk
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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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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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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
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Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
4,598 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. Abraham Jaskiel
69 Doctors shared insights

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