Know If You Have Manic Depression


About 5.7 million adults are affected with manic depression every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Also referred to as bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, manic depression is a mental illness characterized by severe and unusual changes in a person’s mood, which severely interrupt a person’s like, making it difficult for them to function normally.

Mood Episodes

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a brain disorder that causes "mood episodes" or extreme shifts in mood and behavior. An overly happy or excited state is called a "manic" episode. An overly sad or depressed state is called a "depressive" episode. Sometimes a mood episode can be "mixed" where there are episodes of both manic and depressive.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a manic episode include:

  • Mood changes: Feeling “high” or in an overly happy or outgoing mood for a long period of time. During this time, a person can appear irritable, agitated, jumpy or wired.
  • Behavioral changes: During a manic episode, a person may talk extremely fast, jumping from one thought to another without having a normal connection between the two thoughts. Acting impulsively and taking part in high-risk activities also are signs of a manic episode. A lack of sleep or restlessness also may occur.

Signs and symptoms of a depressive episode include:

  • Mood changes: Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed and having feelings of emptiness or worry for a long period of time.
  • Behavioral changes: During a depressive episode, a person may feel tired, have problems concentrating or remembering, or have changes in eating and sleeping. Some people also may think of death or suicide during these episodes.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health


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