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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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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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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)?

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 is manic-depressive illness due to? What is the problem in the brain cells?

What is manic-depressive illness due to?  What is the problem in the brain cells?

No brakes: Bipolar disorder, the new and approved term for manic depressive illness can be thought of as an emotional roller coaster without the brakes. The problem isn't so much with the nerve cells themselves but the coordination of the chemical modulators that control their expression. ...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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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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