Could I have manic depression without the mania?

There are different. Forms of manic depression (now called bipolar disorder). You could have a less intense "up" episode called "hypomania" and never experience actual "mania".
No. By definition, there must be at least one episode of mania or hypomania for someone to have manic depression or bipolar illness. However, quite a few of the people with this illness spend more time being depressed and have their quality of life effected more by the depressive symptoms they suffer.
Just depression. Manic depression without mania is just depression, or, bipolar II disorder, where the depression phases are severe, but the hypomanic phases are not quite so severe.
Yes. Yes some patients with bipolar have little or no mania episodes and can have mostly just depression.

Related Questions

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.
No. Topamax (topiramate) has not been proven effective for either the treatment of depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder. It has other uses that have been proven effective for seizure disorders and headache prevention.

How effective is lamictal for bipolar disorder? What is typical dose for bipolar? Is it sometimes also used just for depression without mania?

Lamictal is an. Excellent medication. However, it takes a while to get the dose up to therapeutic so it isn't the drug to use to treat an acute episode of mania. My patients usually take any wheres from 100 to 400 mg per day. I have sometimes used it in a patient with unipolar depression who has not responded to other medication trials.
Good medicine. In my practice, I regularly prescribe both topiramate and lamotrigene for bipolar disorder. I have found each to be very effective when taken at full, therapeutic doses. Again, in my practice, I have found that 100-200mgs twice daily is an effective dose range. I have used it occasionally for recurrent depression without mania.
Based on evidence. Lamictal has proven effective in reducing risk of recurrence of mood episodes in bipolar disorder following treatment of the acute episode with standard of care recommended dose is 2000mg per day absent concurrent treatment with Carbamazepine or divalproex. The need for 6 week titration limits use as a treatment option in acute phase of illness.

Psychiatrist diagnosed me w/ Bipolar Disorder, but won't say which 1. Have frequent severe mania, mild depression & mixed episodes. Which BPD is it?

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.
Bipolar Disorder. I understand your concern. Likely Diagnosis is- Bipolar Disorder, Most Recent Episode Manic, or Bipolar Disorder, Most Recent Episode Mixed Thank you for information about using Concerta, it can cause emotional lability, mania, insomnia and hallucinations. See Psychiatrist for definitive Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, Therapy for stress. In your life, Breathing Relaxation and Yoga.
Bipolar Disorder. If you actually have severe mania plus depressive episodes and not just hypomania - you may have Bipolar 1 Disorder. I would sit down with your psychiatrist to find out if the type of bipolar disorder has actually been delineated yet. Take care.

What could come of someone w manic depression leaving it untreated?

Bipolar. Serious manic depression could lead to severe problems including high risk of suicide.
Nothing good. Untreated bipolar disorder is highly recurrent and considered to have a poor prognosis. the interval between episodes tend to shorten with time. Full recovery without further episodes is very rare, and the likelihood of increasing chronicity is great. Without treatment worsening symptoms including an increased risk of suicide would be a major concern.
Myths/Truths. Many highly creative people (in the arts, finance, the sciences) have suffered from manic depression--without treatment--and paid a very high cost. A common myth is that treatment eliminates creativity. This is not so: treatment balances ebullience and constraint, enhancing creative production. Without treatment the condition worsens and has a very high rate of life decline and suicide.
Bipolar. In a worst case scenario, the person could die, either by their own hand or because of extreme/psychotic behaviors while manic. Undiagnosed, unmedicated, and untreated bipolar disorder can tear families apart and destroy marriages. As an aside, the correct modern term for manic depression is bipolar disorder.

What could happen to someone with manic depression keeping it a secret plus leaving it untreated?

Serious. There are different types of manic depression, some with more dire outcomes than others. There are two major problems if not addressed. First, the active periods of both mania and of depression adversely affect both career and relationships. These effects accumulate. Second, as one ages the manic and depressive phases "fuse" into a mixed state with a high suicide risk.
Serious. In a worst case scenario, the person could die, either by their own hand or because of extreme/psychotic behaviors while manic. Undiagnosed, unmedicated, and untreated bipolar disorder can tear families apart and destroy marriages.

I'm just wondering, if you think a friend has depression, possibly manic depression how could they get tested?

Evaluation. They need to see a mental health proffessional. A psychiatrist can do a mental health evaluation to diagnose your friend and recommend treatment. The dr. May order lab tests to rule out any medical causes. There are different ways to start your dr. Search. If your friend has insurance, they can provide you with a list of providers in your area. You could also call area mental health clinics.
Comprehensive. Psychiatric / psychological assessment is needed to make accurate diagnosis. Tests may be performed to rule out medical causes for symptoms. History might be obtained from relatives or psychological testing may be done to augment assessment.

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.
Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder is usually treated with carefully-monitored mood stabilizing medications, lifestyle changes, & talk therapy. The good news is mood stabilizing medications have become easier to use & more tolerable. Antidepressants can sometimes be added to mood stabilizing agents, but since they can trigger a switch to mania, patients need to be closely monitored, esp during this time.
Meds and therapy. Mood stabilizers such as depakote or lithium to decrease the extreme intensity of mood swings, combined with therapy from a psychotherapist who specializes in bipolar disorder would be the most optimal approach.

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.
Bipolar disorder Tx. Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy.
Manic depression. You have a life and not a label. Suggest you read Kay Redfield Jamieson, "an unquiet mind"! . Magnificient book. She is manic depressive, a psychologist and a leading authority on manic depressive disorders. She definitely has a very successful and fulfilling life. So forget your label don't feel stigmatized. Live your life and not your label.
Meds and therapy. Mood stabilizers such as depakote or lithium to decrease the extreme intensity of mood swings, combined with therapy from a psychotherapist who specializes in bipolar disorder would be the most optimal approach.

What dose manic mean like in manic depression?

Oppositeof depressed. Mania refers to a condition lasting weeks to months of elevated or irritable mood with increased energy, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, inflated self-perception, and impulsive behaviors such as excessive spending, promiscous sex, and high risk-taking. At its most severe, there can be hallucinations & delusions of granduer or persecution. It is treatable but many avoid help.
Mania. 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.
Energy. Manic means an incredible amount of energy, to the point of being reckless, and even psychotic. People who are manic have boundless energy, impulsive behavior problems such as hypersexuality, spending, gambling, plans to make billions that are dreamed up in minutes, quitting jobs to move across country to better jobs at the drop of a hat are examples of manic behavior.