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What can the family of a person with manic depression do to help support them?

What can the family of a person with manic depression do to help support them?

Encourage: Treatment compliance! one of the most difficult problems is that the manias feel so good. It's almost like an addiction. And treatment prevents the manias from happening. Particularly young people have a problem with that. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Can manic depression or regular depression run in the family?

Yes: that can occur. But there is usually a mix of genetics and environment at play. There may be skip generations. Penetrance for genetic predispositions is variable. You might look at a family line and see that one person has unipolar depression, another is bipolar, one has anxiety disorders and another suffers from substance abuse. In other words- it is not as simple as bipolar begets bipolar. ...Read more

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My daughter is showing signs of manic depression or bipolar I don't know what to do noboby wants to be around her she is so paranoid family are afraid?

My daughter is showing signs of manic depression or bipolar I don't know what to do noboby wants to be around her she is so paranoid family are afraid?

How old is she?: Contact a mental health clinic & ask 4 an evaluation ASAP Let them know that you are fearful around her and that she needs to be seen on an urgent basis. If she is a minor, just get her 2 the appointment, they will help you with how to explain why you are having her seen. If she is an adult, talk 2 the clinic about options if she refuses 2 come for evaluation. Feel free 2 ask additional questions ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a manic depression person?

What are the symptoms of a manic depression person?

Depends : The classic symptoms go from a deep depression to high highs where the person might spend money foolishly or lavishly, not sleep, talk loud and fast , and might be anxious or paranoid. Not all people have classic symptoms so it is important for a professional to diagnose the disorder ...Read more

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How to help someone with manic depression, who doesn't necessarily want to be treated?

Agree w Dr. Ali.: It is hard to help someone who is unwilling to accept help. Call 911 if the person becomes a risk to self or others. Work to maintain support while simultaneously keeping healthy boundaries. ...Read more

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What's manic depression?

What's manic depression?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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How can I treat manic depression?

How can I treat manic depression?

Bio, psycho, social: The treatment of depression should target biology, psychology, and social factors. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exercise and avoiding trigger foods, taking meds? Are you keeping your psychology in check with therapy and mental training? Is your social life supportive? Work em all! medications shown to be of use include quetiapine, lithium, and lamotrigine. ...Read more

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What can be done for manic depression?

What can be done for manic depression?

Treat biopsychsocial: The treatment of depression should target biology, psychology, and social factors. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exercise and avoiding caffeine, taking meds? Are you keeping your psychology in check with therapy and mental training? Is your social life supportive? Work em all! medications shown to be of use for bp-dep include quetiapine, lithium, and lamotrigine. ...Read more

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How to know if I have manic depression?

How to know if I have manic depression?

Comprehensive: psychiatric evaluation will provide the answer. 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, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ...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. 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