Manic depression is a mental illness, which is also known by the name, “bipolar disorder.” This is a serious mental illness, which needs both medical treatment and proper therapy from a good psychiatrist.
About Manic Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a very complicated genetic disorder, which means that it can be passed from one generation to another through the bloodline. This is a serious mental problem, which showcases dramatic changes in a person’s mood, which can change from happy at one second to extremely angry or bitter and very depressed or sad the next second or minute. When this happens, it is known as rapid cycling.
A person who has this illness cannot function properly in a social setting and has varying ideas or perception of the normal world. They are not able to think like other people, they are very disturbed in their thoughts and the way they look at life.
Who Does Manic Depression Affect?
Usually, you can see this disorder appears in people in the age group of 15 to 24 years and it stays for a person’s whole life. You will normally not find the illness in children and old people.
Symptoms of Manic Depression
The Illness has many symptoms and it can vary from one person to another. A person does not have all the symptoms of a bipolar disorder, but you can be sure that he will have some of them at least. If a person has severe symptoms then he/she will not be able to lead a normal life.
The symptoms will keep coming back if proper treatment is not taken. Most patients who suffer from heavy symptoms have to be kept under observation by the authorities to make sure that they do not harm themselves. Some have to be locked up to make sure that they do not commit suicide.
The various signs of manic depression are:
- Weight loss due to loss of appetite and not eating or weight gain due to excessive eating habits.
- Inability to concentrate or remember things
- Inability to make a proper decision or take any decision at all
- Getting tired easily or not having enough energy for anything.
- Feeling of lack of self-worth or being in a state of self-pity constantly.
- Lack of healthy sleep or insomnia
- Pessimism, feeling helpless and without hope
- Lack of sex drive and the lack of interest in any activity that was once cherished
- Chronic pain, headaches, digestive disorders, etc.
- Feeling sad and empty most of the time
- Being easily irritable
- Being restless without reason
- Suicidal thoughts
The signs of manic depression along with mania
- Having racing thoughts
- Grandiose notions
- Feeling sadness out of nowhere and for no apparent reason
- Getting irritated without reason or understanding.
- Inappropriate and awkward behaviour in a social setting
- Increased sex drive
- Talking at a fast pace or high volume
- Showcasing increased energy.
- Lack of good judgment
- Severe lack of sleep or insomnia
If any of these above-mentioned signs of manic depression are noticed in a person, they should consider therapy immediately. Mood stabilizers and anti-depressants are often prescribed to help the person overcome this Illness.
It is possible to overcome manic depression with natural treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, diet, exercise, and mindfulness meditation.