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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

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
738 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

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

The depression is more serious than the manic phase. ...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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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

Manic episodes can last for days to weeks. ...See 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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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

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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. Ana Adelstein
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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