manic depression symptoms

A: Depression is one of the most common health conditions in the world. Depression isn't a weakness, nor is it something that you can simply "snap out of." Depression, formally called major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a medical illness that involves the mind and body. It affects how you think and behave and can cause a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may not be able to go about your usual daily activities, and depression may make you feel as if life just isn't worth living anymore.
Most health professionals today consider depression a chronic illness that requires long-term treatment, much like diabetes or high blood pressure. Although some people experience only one episode of depression, most have repeated episodes of depression symptoms throughout their life.
Effective diagnosis and treatment can help reduce even severe depression symptoms. And with effective treatment, most people with depression feel better, often within weeks, and can return to the daily activities they previously enjoyed.
Symptoms
Symptoms of depression include:
Loss of interest in normal daily activities
Feeling sad or down
Feeling hopeless
Crying spells for no apparent reason
Problems sleeping
Trouble focusing or concentrating

Q: When do people typically start to show symptoms of Manic Depression?
Teenage years? 20-somethings? Childhood? Just wondering.

A: Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. However, some people have their first symptoms during childhood, and some develop them late in life.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bipolar.cfm#intro

My parents said they started to notice the signs and symptoms in me since I was a teenager, but I wasn't diagnosed until I was 21.

Q: is one of the symptoms of manic depression being easily amused by things?
along with other things, obviously.
I slept about 3 hours last night and I'm in a tremendously good mood.
could the fact that things are making me laugh be a related symptom of an early manic phase?
thanks, I am bi-polar. But I also have a low sense of humor, I just wondered if the two were related lol.

A: Wow we are all mental, aren't we?
OCD
ADD
THC
OPP... no, wait. Not that.
Won't go get checked for bi-poar or anxiety. Already know the answer, don't want the pills. (Former abused substance.) Now what?

Q: Are these manic depression symptoms?PLS HELP?
Racing thoughts, lack of sleep, feeling full of energy?
I suffer from clinical depression and have been on fluoxetine for over 5 months now, About a week or so ago i was experiencing really racing thoughts and i couldn't slow my mind down which was making it very difficult to concentrate on things. Also i was only getting about 1-2 hours of sleep and not really missing it. I didn't feel tired. Just energised. I went to my GP in Glasgow about this as my friend who used to be a mental health nurse said that it sounded like Bipolar, so i told my GP about the racing thoughts, lack of sleep, energised and so on and my GP just upped my Prozac to 40mg and told me to come back in 3 weeks.Are these symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?Or maybe some other condition?
And what is the duration of manic episodes. Can they last weeks and weeks?

A: You really need to tell dr. this. Antidepressants can push a bipolar person over the edge into mania. The racing thoughts, lack of sleeping and feeling energized are symptoms of the mania of bipolar. I would go to another dr., one who specializes in mental health issues. The fact that yours ignored your mania symptoms and upped the antidep. is scary.

Yes, the mania can last for a couple weeks. Are you talking on the phone or texting friends lots more than usual? Shopping more? more mania symptoms.

Q: is it possible for prozac to cause symptoms of manic depression?
also do you have any personal experiences of bi polar and what you feel?
thank you

A: yes. If someone suffers from bi-polar disorder and they take antidepressants alone without a mood stabiliser or anti psychotic then it can cause the person to suffer from a manic episode. Sorry i don't have personal experience of this.

Q: what are some symptoms of manic depression?
and what can you do for manic depression

A: Lifestyle changes can help... diet, exercise, meditation... but the only thing that really controls Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) is medication.

Everyone has all the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder....... because everyone has mood swings, momentary loss of judgment, likes to go shopping, likes sex, feels down sometimes, gets angry now and then and is hyper on occasion. The difference is that all of these symptoms in Bipolar are so intense that they interfere with your ability to function. Think of a pole (biPOLEr) with 0 at the center (0 being normal) and 10 at one end (manic) and -10 at the other (deep depression). Most people have swings but stay within 3 to -3. I have fairly severe Bipolar 1 but since my psychosis is mild I go from -9 to 9.... Also depression that comes and goes is not bipolar but just recurring depression, you have to have mania for it to be Bipolar..... you have to go to both ends of the pole.

Rapidly changing moods or becoming angry or sad easily is not Bipolar. That is just having emotions. People with Bipolar Disorder do not change emotions quickly, they go through long periods of deep depression followed by long periods of mania or elevated mood, long periods meaning weeks or months or years. Mood effects everything about you.... your energy level, self esteem, sleep patterns, appetite, sexuality, emotional response, etc.....

This is what it is like to have Bipolar disorder:

Depression - too tired to get out of bed, shower, even to brush my teeth. Cry all the time, sleep 16 hours a day. Feelings of self loathing and guilt that drive me to think of suicide but I'm to tired to even think about how to go about killing myself. It makes you feel small and worthless and completely insignificant. It makes you think about how big the world is and how meaningless you are in it..... and it refuses to let you have any good thoughts or see any good things.... when you look in the mirror all you see is pain, you don't even see yourself, you don't taste your favorite foods anymore, see that flowers are blooming, whether or not the sun is out, you become so inward that you hardly even notice your surroundings..... You don't even feel love for people anymore.... positive thoughts are just not possible...... it is a deep dark hole with no way out and no light for hope.... and most of all it makes you feel sooooo alone. And even if there were someone who cared about you they would be better off if you killed yourself....... because all you will ever be is a burden....... this can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of years.

Mania - Way too happy! PARTY GIRL! love drink and drugs. Talk really fast and pressured because my thoughts are going faster than my mouth can keep up with. Hypersexual - like I sleep with strangers and guys I just met on the internet or I masturbate 10 times a day. I once became bisexual because there were twice as many people to sleep with. down load porn and spend tons of money on sex toys. Spending sprees..... I once spent my mortgage money on african violets, yep, $1500 on African violets (then I got depressed and let them all die). Quit my job because I wanted my vacation pay for lottery tickets and I was so convinced I would win that I started shopping and writing bad checks because I'd be rich as soon as the numbers were drawn. Decided that I could replace the furnace in my home by myself... I mean how hard can it be..... Only sleep 2 or maybe 3 hours a night for months on end and never feel tired. In the end I was unemployed, $30,000 in debt, and had almost lost my home, which needed a new furnace because I had removed the old one.. or parts of it anyway. This can last for months.

I also have mixed states when I am depressed and manic at the same time which are truly the worst... By body and mind are depressed but there is this undercurrent of energy running all the time..... I'm highly emotional but the emotions tend to be negative (guilt and anger) I have intrusive thoughts and urges to mutilate myself (like wanting to stick my hands in the garbage disposal or cooking them on the BBQ), and I also have psychotic episodes where I hallucinate. This is when I am most suseptible to suicide because I am depressed, wanting to hurt myself, and I have the mental energy to plan and carry it out.

When I am on meds I am a normal 45 year old single mom of 3 and no one would even guess that

Q: My friend has symptoms of bi-polar/manic depression or hyperthyroidism, but doesnt. What could it be?
He was given drugs for manic depression about a year ago but they didnt do anything. I dont think he has either of these diseases, but im sure hes got something. Can anyone help? Thanks xx

A: apparently you are unaware that often their tests fail to find problems which are, in fact, present. see an hio method chiropractor to check for nerve interference.

Q: Can symptoms of manic depression get worse over time?

A: Yes, get to a dr and they will be able to get you medicine to get you better.

Q: Any differences and similarities in symptoms of Manic Depression and Epilpsy?

A: The treatment for both conditions is very similar, in some ways nearly identical. In both conditions people are primarily treated with anti-seizure medications ("anticonvulsants"). They are standard medications for the treatment of bipolar disorder such as Depakote, Tegretol, lamotrigine and Neurontin. In many cases they act like Lithium, the old standard for bipolar disorder.

In addition, medications that make seizure disorders worse (though only slightly in most cases) can make bipolar disorder worse also (more than slightly in many cases). These include antidepressant medications and antipsychotic medications, because they "lower seizure threshold"; that is, they make it slightly easier for an underlying seizure condition to express itself. And the antidepressants at least are widely recognized to have the potential to make bipolar disorder worse...but not always.

In fact temporal lobe epilepsy and bipolar disorder are indeed very much alike. There is so much overlap between the two conditions, it sure seems like there must be some direct relationship there...e.g. severe TLE, coming from just the right spot in the temporal lobe, could considered by some researchers to effectively "be" bipolar disorder; that is if the experts knew more about exactly how bipolar disorder works, which they don't.

This is a good article about a study to determine whether the manic episode of patients with epilepsy has different characteristics from manic episode of patients with bipolar disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11554891&dopt=Abstract

This is also some info I found from ADAM (American Accreditation Healthcare Commission)
Bipolar Disorder and Epilepsy.
Neurotransmitters called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) and norepinephrine have been implicated in mania.

GABA helps prevent nerve cells from over-firing.
Norepinephrine is a hormone that involves stress.
Some research has associated similar biologic mechanisms in patients with epilepsy and bipolar disorder. As in epilepsy, the more episodes a bipolar disorder patient experiences early in the course of the disease, the more frequent and severe later episodes will be. Antiseizure agents, in fact, can play an important role in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Of course the big difference is in how they are classified, since bipolar is considered a psychological disorder and epilepsy a neurological disorder.

Q: What are some symptoms to Manic Depression?

A: Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)

Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, which was formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression. This condition shows a particular pattern of inheritance. Not nearly as common as the other types of depressive disorders, bipolar disorder involves cycles of depression and mania, or elation. Bipolar disorder is often a chronic, recurring condition. Sometimes, the mood switches are dramatic and rapid, but most often they are gradual.

When in the depressed cycle, the person can experience any or all of the symptoms of a depressive disorder. When in the manic cycle, any or all of the symptoms listed under mania may be experienced. Mania often affects thinking, judgment, and social behavior in ways that cause serious problems and embarrassment. For example, unwise business or financial decisions may be made when an individual is in a manic phase.

A significant variant of bipolar disorder is designated as bipolar II. (The usual form of bipolar disorder is referred to as bipolar I.) Bipolar II is a syndrome in which the affected person has repeated depressive episodes punctuated by what is called hypomania (mini-highs). These euphoric states in bipolar II do not fully meet the criteria for the complete manic episodes that occur in bipolar I.

Depression Symptoms of Manic Depression

Persistently sad, anxious, or "empty" mood.
Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism.
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness.
Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed, including sex.
Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
Decreased appetite and/or weight loss, or overeating and weight gain.
Fatigue, decreased energy, being "slowed down."
Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts.
Restlessness, irritability.
Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions.
Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain.
Mania Symptoms of Manic Depression

Inappropriate elation.
Inappropriate irritability.
Severe insomnia.
Grandiose notions.
Increased talking speed and/or volume.
Disconnected and racing thoughts.
Increased sexual desire.
Markedly increased energy.
Poor judgment.
Inappropriate social behavior.

Q: What are symptoms of manic depression?
PLZ HELP ME IF U CAN

A: I have Bipolar. It is a tough nut to crack. There are times that you are seriously depressed, some times to the point of being suicidal. Then you are flying high. In the high times you are doing things that are risky, like driving to fast. You are also driven in the area of sexuality. Combine that with the risk taking thing and you have problems. Allot of people use drugs and alcohol to control their symptoms but this only compounds the problems. There is also a thing called Bipolar II which is a milder for of bipolar. Well only in the manic part. The depression can often be worse.

Q: can someone with unipolar depression have any manic symptoms?

A: Yes.

Q: What are symptoms of depression? Are they similar to manic-depression?

A: I'm a professional counselor and I can tell you that - IN SOME CASES, depression CAN look like bi-polar (manic-depression)...but ONLY when the bi-polar is a type that is mostly depressive. You cannot have a diagnosis of bi-polar without a manic stage at some point. Here are some symptoms of depression (in adults - if you want to know about kids, e-mail me): feeling sad and down most of the day more days than not over at least a 2 week period. Sleep interruptions or sleeping too much. Irritability. Anxiety increases. Not interested in things you used to love to do. Fatigue and low energy. Eating too much or not enough. Some people report headaches.

Now, to contrast that with bi-polar...the depressive episodes can look like what I described above...however, there MUST be some time when the person has manic phase and that can look like TONS of energy...not sleeping at all or very little. Sometimes there are "thoughts of grandeur" (I can fly or I'm going to be president tomorrow). Compulsive shopping and obsessive "cleaning" is common. Feeling of high anxiety and irritability. Flight of thoughts (thoughts going so fast you can't hold on to them...might stop mid-sentence and go on to another subject).

I have seen people with bi-polar stay up all night...buy until they max all their cards...walk naked down the road at midnight...and do other things that show poor judgment. Hope this helps. No matter what - if half of this sounds familiar - go see a doc!

Q: Symptoms of Manic Depression?

A: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder

Q: symptoms and manic depression?
1.talk loudly to myself at night or whenever possible in the day about random thoughts.
2. Constant nagging pain.
3. highly irritable..feels like shouting at people
4. emotional pain....like there was a weakness in my personality and people had insulted me for this...now it is fixed..their insults torment me like hell...I want to take revenge from then since now my weakness has been fixed by myself.
5. Sometimes I cant get words out of my mouth to a question..it seems like a sentence but with no words in it
6. At some point in the past racing thoughts appeared...like one reason after anothing is coming fast like a train for my problem/weakness in my personality...like why i have this weakness or problem in my personality
7. feel lonely, hopeless, helpless, dont know the purpose of my life...my mind is trapped between thoughts and there is no getting away. My mind is undecided about life matters.
8. weight gain, fatigue, dont feel like shaving, household chores, body aches
9. I smile myself when some funny jokes i threw in at some point in the past ...when i think abt them.
10. cant concentrate well , forgetful because of this non stopmental chatter.

I have felt all of these symptoms for the past three years or four years ....mostly depressive symptoms but for the last two years or so ...i felt racing thoughts, nagging pain, forgetfulness, memory problems, loud talking...etc

A: I deff know how it is with racing thoughts and memory loss. Maybe you have borderline personality disorder or bipolar disorder. they are both almost the same one have more roller coaster emotions the other has the rollercoaster emotions but they last longer. bipolar disorder has what you listed most of it. and the cant concentrate well is in it too because theres symptoms off add in bipolar.