Manic Depression

Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder is considered one of the most severe types of depression that people usually suffer from. Characterized by sudden and extreme changes in mood. Manic depression is called that because manic refers to ‘mania’, which refers to the ‘ups’ while depression refers to the ‘downs’. Bi-polar also refers to both ends of the spectrum of emotions

A lot of people experience erratic changes in their moods and, sometimes, these so-called mood swings are not just caused by PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) or stress. Doctors have diagnosed mood swings as a frequent symptom of depression, when these mood swings are extreme. For instance, if someone gets annoyed because a shop does not have his favourite biscuits, it may just a sign of a spoilt brat, but when getting angry means that that person will scream and swear at the shop keeper, it may be the start of Manic Depression.

The ‘manic’ periods or ‘ups’ in Manic Depression (or Bi-polar Disorder) are described as the times when a person who is suffering from Manic Depression experiences excessively high periods, exemplified by heightened energy, sudden outbursts of euphoric mood, extreme irritability, together with racing thoughts and aggressive behaviour. Doctors say that, someone suffering from Manic Depression may have these so-called manic ‘periods’ not just for a day or so, they can actually go on for a week or more.

During the ‘low’ or ‘down’ periods, people suffering from Manic Depression may experience very similar symptoms to those who are suffering from ‘normal’ depression. People who are suffering from Manic Depression experience episodes showing a depressed state of mind – including feelings of lack of self worth and being unloved.

There are various other symptoms too: irrational guilt, severe sadness, anxiety attacks, feeling of not belonging, severe pessimism and an obvious loss of pleasure. According to therapists, anyone who is depressed constantly for more than a week can be officially diagnosed as a Manic Depressive.

Despite it being one of the most common and severe types of depressive disorder, Manic Depression can be successfully treated, according to doctors. There’s no reason to worry too much about having it. You just need to follow the procedures that the therapist gives you and take the prescribed medication in the proper dosage in order to help you (or your friend or love one) overcome Manic Depression before it is too late.

Furthermore, individuals who suffer from Manic Depression should see their therapists regularly, in order to be able to release their repressed emotions to someone who is able understand just what it is they are going through a lot better than an ordinary, untrained person.

Although positive results for Manic Depression can be obtained from natural remedies, a much more lasting relief from the symptoms of Manic Depressive can best be acquired through consultation with a cognitive behaviour therapist. Contrary to some thought, when it comes to psychiatric treatments, psychiatrists, preferably those specializing in cognitive behaviour therapy, are still the best ones to visit for a lasting cure for Manic Depression.

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