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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. 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 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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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 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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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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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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Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Depends: On the severity of the illness, most patients with bipolar disorders function well without needing disability benefits. ...Read more

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How sedatiing is the effect of the medication for bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Variable: Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep. Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax). ...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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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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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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What is the reputation about manic depressive illness aka bipolar? Are patients supposed to be wildly impulsive?

What is the reputation about manic depressive illness aka bipolar? Are patients supposed to be wildly impulsive?

Impulsivity: Without consistent treatment with mood stabilizers, then yes, a person with bipolar disorder can get sick & become impulsive. When manic, they can spend money without thinking, get involved in wild business schemes, stay up all night, talk rapidly, and change subjects suddenly. On the depressive end they can impulsively kill themselves. Treatment helps prevents these devastating outcomes. ...Read more

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If you have bipolar manic depressive illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

If you have bipolar manic depressive illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?

Bipolar: Studies have shown that without meds, approximately 70 % of bipolar patients cannot be functional in personal, social or work life. Most patients need 2 or 3 meds over their life time. Psychiatric stabilizations with meds is the key first and then a combination of psych meds, therapy, group therapy can help, in serious cases ECT can help. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed as bipolar, then3 years later have different symptoms new diagnosis is major depressive disorder no mania present?

Is it possible to be diagnosed as bipolar, then3 years later have different symptoms new diagnosis is major depressive disorder no mania present?

Unlikely: Either the original diagnosis was wrong or the new one. By definition bipolar includes hypomania or mania. Decreased need for sleep, impulsive behavior, expansive mood, or even irritability are manic type symptoms. There are also mixed episodes in bipolar. Mdd is only depression. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

The decade's DSM: About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps. ...Read more

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Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

4 VERY mild Bipolar: Topomax (topiramate) is a very mild mood stabilizer, which for most people is not strong/effective enough to treat mania or depression itself, but it can decrease mild mood swings, irritability, and excessive hunger/binge urges. ...Read more

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For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

Good reasons: Here is a complete answer to your question: http://bipolar. About. Com/od/definingbipolardisorder/a/manic_depression_changes_names. Htm. Manic – depression was used to describe many types of conditions, not just those falling under the bipolar spectrum disorder umbrella. It was a stigmatizing label. The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorders are sharply defined & the term is less pejorative. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

It's the old name: By definition and according to what is called the diagnostic manual, a person may fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder and never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why "manic-depression, " is the old name and is confusing. A person may have only ever had a manic episode (or a mixed episode), but still be considered as having bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar d/o do have depression. ...Read more

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Which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

Which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

Several options: There are a number of medications used for Bipolar. You need to work with a provider to find the right medication for you. See link www/webmd. Com/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-medications ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

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 ...Read more