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What's manic depression?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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5 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar Disorder

Manic depression is also called bipolar disorder.
It is a psychiatric illness that affect about 1 -3 % of the population, and causes disabling mood swings. You can search online on a reputable medical web site for details. Someone who thinks they may have bipolar disorder needs a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist, as it is a difficult diagnosis. Treatments are very effective and safe.

In brief: Bipolar Disorder

Manic depression is also called bipolar disorder.
It is a psychiatric illness that affect about 1 -3 % of the population, and causes disabling mood swings. You can search online on a reputable medical web site for details. Someone who thinks they may have bipolar disorder needs a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist, as it is a difficult diagnosis. Treatments are very effective and safe.
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Manic depression

is also called bipolar disorder.
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.

In brief: Manic depression

is also called bipolar disorder.
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 helplessness, lack of joy, irritability, impaired functioning, guilt & suicidal thoughts or psychosis.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Mood swings

Manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder, is characterized by swings of mood, often extreme, and these swings can happen slowly or quickly, even several times during a day, especially if left unmedicated.
Manic phases can even become psychotic. Imagine waking up feeling as though you can beat up the universe with your pinky finger, then a short time later feeling suicidal and despondent.

In brief: Mood swings

Manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder, is characterized by swings of mood, often extreme, and these swings can happen slowly or quickly, even several times during a day, especially if left unmedicated.
Manic phases can even become psychotic. Imagine waking up feeling as though you can beat up the universe with your pinky finger, then a short time later feeling suicidal and despondent.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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