Symptoms of Manic Depression

 There are different symptoms of Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) that vary with the type of manic depression: Severe Mania (abnormally elevated mood) Hypomania (mild to moderate mania), mild depression, major or clinical depression, and a combined state of depression and mania, the most dangerous of all because of an increased risk of suicide.

   What is Manic Depression? 


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-Bad decisions made while in a manic state can destroy relationships threaten careers, lose life savings and even cost lives. 



 What Are The Mania Symptoms of Manic Depression?

  • A period of behavior that is completely out of character
  • Speaking much faster and/or louder than normal
  • Noticeable increase in energy, hyperactive
  • Extremely good mood, euphoric state
  • Unsuitable behavior in social situations
  • Excessive gambling or shopping sprees
  • Aggressive behavior, increased desire for sex
  • Visions of grandeur, unrealistic ideas
  • Use of extremely poor judgment, no worry of consequences
  • Unreasonable state of pride and optimism
  • Extremely irritable, impulsive for no reason
  • Unable to sleep, very little sleep needed
  • Random thought patterns, lack of concentration
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Unreasonable expectations, denial of any problem
  • In severe cases of mania, hallucinations, delusions and paranoia 
    (psychotic symptoms) may be seen. (Bipolar I only)


  •  What Are Symptoms of Hypomania? (Mild to moderate mania)

     The symptoms of hypomania are often thought to be good symptoms, as many of these symptoms are considered harmless to those concerned, as those affected with hypomania can function from day to day.

    -This is what makes them so dangerous, without treatment symptoms of hypomania can switch to more severe mania symptoms in some people, or develop into a serious depression for others.

     These symptoms are usually not recognized until a diagnosis has been made, at which time they can be monitored to prevent future episodes.

     -Hypomania Symptoms are:

  • Increased sex drive.
  • More energy.
  • Extremely good mood.
  • Rise in self-confidence.
  • Much more productive at work or at home, more focused.
  • Disregard for danger, reckless behavior.
  • Much less of a need for sleep.

  •  What Are The Depression Symptoms of Manic Depression?

     The most serious, or unipolar depression signs associated with Bipolar or Manic Depression: (may also be mild, depending on type)

  • Memory loss, extreme difficulty making even simple decisions
  • No interest or desire to participate in past hobbies or events
  • Loss of appetite with weight loss
  • Conversely, a gain in weight from overeating
  • Various chronic body aches and pains with no known cause
  • Extreme fatigue, lack of energy and desire
  • Slow body movement and speech
  • Restlessness and anxious, irritable
  • Always thinking the worst, feeling hopeless and worthless
  • Disturbed sleeping, either not sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Utter despair, uncontrollable crying
  • Constant feelings of sadness, thoughts of death or suicide

  •  Combined Symptoms of Manic Depression - Bipolar Disorder

     The combined symptoms of manic depression exhibit the highs of mania along with the lows of depression, each in varying degrees. People showing the increased energy and recklessness of mania along with severe depression can be an extreme danger to themselves.

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     Types of Manic Depression

    -Bipolar I is the manic depressive form that is the most severe, which has one or more manic or mixed episodes, or severe mania symptoms that may require hospital care. The person typically has major depression episodes as well.

    Some people with this type of bipolar may also exhibit symptoms of manic depressive psychosis: such as hallucinations, delusions and even paranoia as well. When this happens, the condition is referred to as: bipolar type I with psychotic features. (Not possible with bipolar II)

    -Bipolar II refers to the manic depression form defined by one or more major depression episodes, and at least one of hypomania, without any severe mania, or mixed episodes.

    -Bipolar III -Not universally used by all, this term is used by some doctors to refer to the hypomania symptoms that occur only after the use of an antidepressant (which is not uncommon), but is not considered to be bipolar I or II.

    -Cyclothymia (sigh-clo-thy' mia) -Also referred to as bipolar III by some. With Cyclothymia, the depression and mania symptoms are much more tolerable. It is a milder form of manic depression that cycles between hypomania and mild depression, and lasts for two years or more.

     If left untreated, it could become bipolar I or II, but because the symptoms are often milder, it frequently goes undiagnosed.

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     What is Rapid Cycling?

     When a person experiences four or more episodes of depression, mania, hypomania, or mixed episodes within a 12-month period of time.

    -To recap, the main differences between bipolar I and bipolar II:

    -Bipolar I -People with bipolar I: The mania symptoms are worse, may also experience symptoms of psychosis, such as delusions, paranoia and hallucinations, which is not seen in bipolar II.

    -Bipolar II -Those with type II also have severe depression episodes, but no severe mania symptoms, they do have symptoms of hypomania. Also, bipolar II cannot have psychotic features.


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     Self-help for the symptoms of manic depression starts with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Knowing your triggers can really help, such as: getting plenty of sleep at a regular bedtime, and avoiding stress.

    -Although manic depression medications are the mainstays for treatment of manic depression symptoms, therapy and support from family and friends (and a support group) can also be of enormous benefit.


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