Is manic-depressive = bipolar disorder?

Yes. Manic-depression is a descriptive term for bipolar disorder.
Interchangable. The terms are interchangable. 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. No one knows how it develops, other than a mystery of genetic confluence.
Bipolar Disorder. Its an other way of describing the mood fluctuation that does happen with mood disorders. Its the change in moods from lowest depression to extreme mania or high extreme moods.
Manic depressive. Is old term for bipolar disorder, which can include bipolar type 1, type 2, manic type, depressed type, with psychosis, without psychosis, or nos (not otherwise specified).

Related Questions

Can manic-depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) be considered as legally insane?

Unlikely. Insanity is a legal term and has nothing to do with any specific psychiatric disorder.
Agree w Dr Moranvill. You are referring to a legal issue which has a number of other components other than just diagnosis. Different states may vary in determination of what legally determines competency (capacity).

Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?

Depends. On the severity of the illness, most patients with bipolar disorders function well without needing disability benefits.
Disability. Sure can, depending on chronicity and effect on psychosocial functioning, although no guarantee it will be approved. Get help from your doctor with the application.
Apply - yes. However, success of the application will depend on diagnosis, impairment and quality of documentation.

How sedatiing is the effect of the medication for bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Bipolar. Depends on the medication. Some psychotropics are sedating, such as seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal.
Many. Mood stabilizers are sedating but could be given at night to help with sedation. Sometimes the sedative effect helps for manic patients who have insomnia.
Variable. Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep. Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax).
Totally depends onw. Which medications are used. Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium​/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone).

Is a diagnosis of "mood disorder" the same as bipolar? Is bipolar the same as manic depressive. My grandaughter says not one meds r helping her

Manic-depressive. Manic-depressive = bipolar disorder. Mood disorder can be bipolar disorder but may also mean the diagnosis is not clear. If her meds are not helping her, urge her to discuss this with her doctor. With this diagnosis, she should be seeing a psychiatrist who has done a full evaluation and who will listen to what she is saying. It also helps when a patient's family let the dr know as well.
Bipolar=manic depres. Bipolar disorder is the same thing as manic depressive illness. It is simply a newer name for it. Bipolar disorder is one of a number of mood disorders including organic mood disorders, major depression recurrent, cyclothymic disorder, dysthymic disorder, and substance abuse related mood disorders. Hope this helps and good luck with your granddaughter.
Names. Manic depression is the historical term for now termed bipolar affective disorder. Bipolar disorder is one of a category of mood disorders.
Caution Warranted. "The 'epidemic' of childhood Bipolar Disorder has created a public health dilemma. Based on much hype & very little scientific evidence, a huge & heterogeneous cohort of explosive kids has received powerful treatments that can sometimes do much good, but sometimes do much harm." - Dr Allen Frances, was chair of DSM-IV Task Force, now Prof Emeritus, Dept of Psychiatry @DukeU http://bit. Ly/1jFZt1.

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 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.

Manic depressive disorder vs major depression, what is the difference?

These are different. Diagnosis. People with depression may have bouts with depression followed by periods when they are less depressed. They do not have manic episodes. Bipolar disorder is a physical illness like diabetes that does not go away, it simply can be controlled using and adjusting the proper medication throughout your life. Having a good psychotherapist and psychiatrist is imperative. I hope this helps.
Diagnosis. Major depressive disorder is characterized by depressive symptoms that negatively effect quality of life. Manic depressive disorder is a historical term for what is now bipolar effective disorder. This may include episodes of depression but is characterized by episodes of mania To stay consistent some refer to major depressive disorder as unipolar depression.
Bipolar. Manic depression, known clinically as 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. Major depressive disorder is only major depression, without any mania.

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-