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.
Manic Depressive. That is a good question and one that you should discuss with your doctor before going off of your medication. Usually we do not grow out of manic-depressive disorders. We do grow into learning to think before we leap and recognize both depression and mania. Don't stop medicine without talking to your doctor first.

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How will I be able to tell when I've been cured of my manic-depressive disorder?

No "cure" Unfortunately, never. You can be stabilized on medications or even without medications you may go for long periods of time with no significant episodes, but just like diabetes, hypertension and many other chronic illnesses, there is no "cure" at this time.
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.
Manic depression. Is a chronic remittent illness, no cure. If u comply with u medication, excersize, see a therapist, reduce u stress level and refrain from illicit substance use u can function well. Famous people has it and did well with it.
Agree. With the answers you have already received. The good news is that even it bipolar disorder is not curable - there are many effective treatments. Treatment when combined with healthy lifestyle can markedly improve quality of life. Take care.

How is manic-depressive disorder managed?

Manic depressive. Psychotherapy & medication management, depending on type.
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.
Agree with Dr. Fox. Optimum treatment for Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder) includes psychotropic medications, therapy (such CBT), regular adequate sleep, good nutrition, avoidance of alcohol, illicit drugs and abuse of prescription medications & support from family and loved ones.

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.
A/ w Dr. Moranville. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, fast 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, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helpless-

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/.
Bipolar 1. Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses or substances or toxins/medications.

Would you give up your manic depressive disorder to become plain like everybody else?

If you suffer. If you suffer and have impairment of your functions, you will be better 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.

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.
Agree w Dr. Howell. DSM V defines a manic episode as “A distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting at least 1 week (or any duration if hospitalization is necessary).” I have seen 3 to 4 months listed as average. However, it can be of markedly shorter duration – especially with rapid cycling.

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.
Agree w Dr. Elliot. In addition to medications such as mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications it is important to incorporate healthy living - adequate sleep, good nutrition, avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs, daily physical activity, healthy interpersonal relationships and therapy. Seek emotional, physical and spiritual balance.