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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www.Nimh.Nih.Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. ...Read more

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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


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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

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 or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more

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What is hypomania?

What is hypomania?

Just "below" mania: Decreased sleep, very outgoing, energetic and competitive, increased sexuality, impulsiveness, risk-taking, fleet of mind. Often fully functioning. If associated with episodes of depression it is a "milder" form of manic-depression known as bipolar ii. Though it is often associated with heightened productivity, it should not be dismissed as having no cost-these are less visible than in full mania. ...Read more

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What is mania?

What is mania?

Mania is at the: Opposite end of the spectrum from depression. It is marked by extreme hyperactivity, e.g., not sleeping, being loud, maybe spending a lot of money or giving things away w/out thinking. Please see a mental health professional for anger management and mood disorder. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is cyclothymia?

What is cyclothymia?

A mood disorder: Cyclothymia disorder occurs for at least 2 years in adults: 1 year in children & adolescents, where a person experiences many periods of chronic fluctuating moods. There are periods of hypomania symptoms (which do not meet the criteria for mania) and depressive symptoms (which do not meet the criteria for major depression). The mood changes are not due to a medical condtion or substance abuse. ...Read more

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What is bipolar depression?

What is bipolar depression?

Bipolar Depression : Is a period of low energy, down mood that lasts at least 2 weeks & occurs in the context of a bipolar disorder. With bipolar disorder a person experiences peaks & lows. The peaks may be manic ^^^ or hypomanic^ episodes. At these times the energy level is ^. The person may be impulsive, think & speak rapidly. There may be periods of normal mood & energy level with bipolar disorder (or not). ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive : Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more

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What is dysthymia?

What is dysthymia?

Sadness: People with dysthymia are unhappy all the time without having a major depressive disorder. It is kind of a pervasive sadness. ...Read more

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What is psychotic depression exactly?

Psychotic Depression: A severe form of depression which causes one to lose touch with reality. This is a psychiatric condition which warrants urgent medical care. Aka - major depression with psychotic features. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

It is treatable: The condition involves depressed or sad mood, changes in eating habits, lack of interest, feelings of guilt, decreased energy, difficulty concentrating and changes in sleep patterns. Sufferers may experience one or many of these symptoms. Most severely, depression may lead to feelings of hopelessness and a desire to harm oneself or others. Fortunately, the condition is treatable. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression: Clinical depression is sad affect, depressed mood, changes in energy/sleep/appetite, poor memory/concentration, loss of interests, physical complaints such as pain, feelings of helplessness/hopelessness/despair/giving up/self hatred, crying spells. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Multiple causes: Refers to a mood condition typified by the presence of a combination of symptoms including loss of interest, sad mood, appetite& weight changes, low energy, poor concentration, sleep disturbance, guilt or shame with or without feelings of hopelessness and despair. In severe cases suicidal thoughts and/or psychosis may also be present. Most commonly used to describe mdd & bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Chemical depression-neuroscience lab tests-urine. ...Read more

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What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression: Depression is common, affecting about 2 in 3 adults at some time in their lives. Symptoms can affect daily life and become very distressing. Treatments include psychological (talking) therapy and antidepressant medicines.
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What is unipolar depression?

What is unipolar depression?

Depression: "unipolar" depression is in contrast to "bipolar" depression. In unipolar depression, there is no history of mania (periods of speeded-up thinking & talking; high energy & not needing to sleep; expansive feelings & behavior; etc). The person suffers only from depressions -- which may be recurrent -- rather than swinging from depressive "pole" to manic "pole" throughout life. ...Read more

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What is schizoaffective disorder?

What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective: Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings. ...Read more

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What is schizoaffective disorder?

What is schizoaffective disorder?

Schizoaffective: Schizoaffective disorder is an extremely serious illness that can be thought of as a combination of schizophrenic (psychosis) and bipolar disorder (the old term being manic depression) with involves extreme mood swings. ...Read more

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What is depression officially?

What is depression officially?

Depression: Officially, "depression" is a general term that refers to the presence of depressed mood along with other symptoms. The term is sometimes used to refer to people who are depressed due to grief or other losses, and sometimes it is used to refer to episodes of severe depression that seem to arise more on their own, out of proportion to circumstances. ...Read more

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What exactly is depressive anxiety?

What exactly is depressive anxiety?

Dep./anxiety: Not sure if such term exists, but depression is fairly common with anxiety, either comorbid or in relation to medications or illicit substance use. ...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, ...Read more