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.