The State of Manic Depression Is Serious

There are many people who see the state of manic depression as one of the worst kinds of depression that afflicts people. They also refer to it as bipolar depression. Manic depression gets its name from its actual duality. The manic is the extreme high or feeling of being up. The depression part is commonly referred to as feeling down.

Not all mood swings that mimic these intense ups and downs are characterized as manic depression. Conditions such as pre-menstrual syndrome and stress can cause intense mood swings. However, a doctor can properly distinguish between manic depression and other minor mood conditions. Severe mood swings actually are part of being depressed.

When a person is suffering from manic depression, they do not react normally when something goes wrong. Something may irritate or bother someone to the point of being unhappy. But, a manic depression sufferer will take this same situation and go to extremes with their erratic and over the top behavior. They can become overly aggressive and loud over a slight misunderstanding. The manic side of manic depression is seen in the overly euphoric up side of the disorder. The person with manic depression may exhibit risky behavior and extreme bouts of energy and excitement. They may still be irritated and have uncontrollable racing thoughts spiraling in their head. These periods are as unpredictable as the depression itself. There are some experts and therapists who can pin point these manic periods in a manic depression sufferer’s life. They can last anywhere from one day to weeks or more.

The exact opposite occurs for the depression side of manic depression. The victim can have the same thoughts and feelings as someone who is in the throws of clinical depression. These times are typically referred to as down or low periods for the victim. The devastating feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness creep into the mind of someone going through the low period. They can feel lonely, suffer from anxiety, and feel unwanted even by friends and loved ones. A depression episode also usually involves sadness, apathy and a general feeling of pessimism. These feelings can not be helped or easily overcome. If someone is actually depressed for more a week or more can technically be diagnosed with manic depression.

Luckily, this very serious and somewhat common form of depression can be treated if you see the right doctor. If you listen to the therapist who is qualified to treat you, stick to a strict medication routine and follow the proper dosage instructions, you can successfully live with manic depression. You can stop the devastating effects it can have on your life or the life of someone you care for. Even when on medication, it is important and helpful to still see a therapist regularly in order to have someone to talk to. This will allow them to open up and let out emotions they may be feeling about having manic depression and give them an understanding person to confide in. This kind of safe understanding can make someone with manic depression feel less alone.

A cognitive behavior therapist is really your best bet to continuously treating manic depression. A victim of the disorder may want to seek out natural alternatives, but long lasting and reliable relief should be sought through traditional means. Trained therapists and psychiatrist are really the experts in the field and should be listened to when it comes to treating manic depression.

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