Manic Depression Symptoms  

Manic depression symptoms differ from unipolar depression because manic depression symptoms involve two different cycles of symptoms. Manic depression symptoms are known also as bipolar disorder and are made up of feelings of extreme unhappiness and mania. Mania is one of the more frustrating manic depression symptoms because it is the opposite of unhappiness. Manic Depression symptoms for mania include euphoric feelings, cheerfulness and a great sense of self-esteem. Speaking rapidly and frequently and needing little sleep are other manic depression symptoms for the mania cycle.

Episodes of mania also include racing thoughts, being easily distracted and pursuing pleasurable activities such as sex or spending. Mania can disrupt normal functioning as much as depression can although mania can help mask manic depression symptoms. Who wouldn't want to be overly high and cheerful and generous and work extra hours and seek pleasure from shopping and sex and gambling and whatever else? The problem is that the consequences add up. Infidelity, tremendous debt and the physical toll on the body are just a few of the problems that arise from this mental disorder. Manic depression symptoms always swing to extremes as well and a high mania will be responded by an extreme depression.

Manic Depression symptoms for the depression cycle of this mood disorder are the same as other major depression symptoms. Sleeping too much, eating too much or too little, feeling depressed, down, sad and like everything is overwhelming and hopeless are just a few of the depressive symptoms.

Studies have shown that manic depression symptoms are strongly tied to genetic and physiological factors. For example, if one twin has manic depression symptoms there is about and 80% chance that the other twin will develop the mood disorder. There is a constant search to learn more about the neurotransmitters in the brain that control mood disorders. Such neurotransmitters, called monoamines, are manipulated in various ways to control manic depression symptoms.

Lithium has been found to be very effective in controlling mania by preventing neurons from being over stimulated. Manic depression sufferers often stop taking the lithium in order to experience the mania that they find pleasurable. This frequent behavior makes psychotherapy a desirable compliment to medication to address thought and behavior patterns that might set up a relapse into manic depression symptoms.

A complicated and destructive disease, manic depression must be treated by licensed professionals including medical doctors and psychotherapists. National Referral is a free, confidential service that can help put you in touch with the help you need for manic depression symptoms. If you need help please call today.


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