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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


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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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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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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

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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

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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