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Doctor insights on: Manic Depressive In Children

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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

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


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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

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Can a person possibly become manic depressive if they watched someone die?

Can a person possibly become manic depressive if they watched someone die?

Not likely: That would be a very disturbing thing and might clearly warrant help, but really not enough to "cause bipolar \disorder" though psot trauymatic stress disorder might be possible to be stemming from such an event. Sounds like a professional evaluation is indicated. ...Read more

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What are the signs of an overdose with manic depressive medication (such as lithium)?

What are the signs of an overdose with manic depressive medication (such as lithium)?

Lithium OD: Lithium can affect kidneys & electrolytes, causing heart & urinary problems. Usual treatment of overdose is hospitalization with fluid replacement & dialysis to get rid of excess lithium. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How likely is someone to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode with no medicine?

How likely is someone to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode with no medicine?

Possible: It is usually more common to have frequent episodes, but it is not impossible. Bipolar individuals on average have 4-7 episodes per 10 years. These episodes can last several months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode while being on no medicine?

Is it possible to go 2-3 years without a single manic depressive episode while being on no medicine?

Yes: It's possible -- but I don't know what the person's illness you're talking about, is typically like. Sometimes people discontinue their medications because they don't want to take them. If a person with bipolar illness stops medication suddenly, s/he is more likely to have repeat episodes than with a more gradual taper. Also, substance abuse and erratic sleep/wake cycles make this more likely too. ...Read more

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Can I be manic-depressive (bipolar)?

Can I be manic-depressive (bipolar)?

Get psyche eval to: Know. People who are bipolar disorder present with lows (depression) ; highs (hypomania or mania). When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis. ...Read more

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Can we be manic depressive and schizophrenia both?

Schizaffective DO: Schizoaffective disorder can combine the symptoms of both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I find it difficult to diagnose and have seen very few cases. ...Read more

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What's the difference between regular depression and being manic depressive?

What's the difference between regular depression and being manic depressive?

Mania itself: 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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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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I am a 64 yr old female. I am manic depressive. What would electric shock do for me. A?

I am a 64 yr old female. I am manic depressive. What would electric shock do for me. A?

ECT: Ect is sometimes used for individuals who have treatment-resistent depression or who for one reason or another cannot take traditional medications. It is thought to essentially "reset the circuits" and can be very effective for some people. It is essentially painless, and the number of treatments is dependant on the symptoms and severity. ...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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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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Manic-depressive illness... How close are scientists to finding a cure for it?

Manic-depressive illness... How close are scientists to finding a cure for it?

We are not there: Yet. I am grateful that treatment for bipolar disorder has improved so much since I was a resident. There is hope for managing the disorder and improving quality of life but I don't know of any actual "cures" on the horizon. Take care. ...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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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

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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


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