Manic-depressives suffer from violent mood swings. These mood swings can be quite violent form very elated and extremely happy (mania) to very low states of sadness. Sufferers of this type of depression often experience both states but some just experience going into the low or very depressed mood. Those who suffer from this condition are likely to suffer depression that can be extremely severe. There is another name for this condition which is Bipolar Affective Disorder. It affects approximately one person in a hundred at some point in their lifetime and sufferers include teenagers as well as adults. If you suspect you are suffering from this kind of mood disorder then please go see a doctor because it can be a serious condition and you may need support and treatment.
Do You Suffer From Manic Depression?
Your depression will be much worse than most people’s if you do. Typical depression symptoms will affect your way of thinking and your ability to cope with daily problems in life. Your extreme moods may last for varying periods of time, from days to weeks. Extreme mood swings range from great happiness and elation, referred to as mania, to full depression. As your mood changes you will also experience a variation in your energy levels. At the mania end of the scale you will have a lot of energy, but while in the low mood, your energy will be much less. The severity of episodes can change. These mood swings obviously not only cause problems for the sufferer but for anyone close to them. The extreme feelings can also cause unbalanced thinking and a confused sense of reality. It is easy to understand just how damaging this disorder can be to normal daily life.
It is believed, though not proven, that Bipolar depression may be genetic. It does need to be treated as it can be serious if ignored. Many sufferers need to spend time in hospital at some point as a result of this disorder.
Bipolar Depression Disorder – Common Emotional Symptoms:
- Lack of interest or apathy
- Feeling exhausted
- Feeling of anxiety
- No self-confidence
- Constant unhappiness
- Lacking hope and feeling inadequate
- Having no joy or enthusiasm
- Wanting to cry
- Feeling irritable
- Very low self esteem
- Suicidal feelings
- Feeling there is no future
- Feelings of insecurity
- Aggressive behaviour
Common Physical Symptoms
- Losing weight
- No appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Waking up early or during the night
- Stomach problems
- Crying excessively
Warning: if you are suffering from moderate levels of depression always seek help and support from a doctor – friends are a great help too, please don’t fight it on your own! If you would like some quick advice and if you think that talking to a professional counselor would help you please try online counseling to discover what you should do next.
Where Does It Come From and What Should You Do?
Mostly this illness seems to be genetic and runs in families. Its source may lie in the brain and the disorder is its inability to control moods. Medication can definitely help. Stress may be one of the most likely causes.
Depression sufferer? Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer you must see a doctor and seek psychological help. Failure to seek help can lead to suicide so the most important factor in any treatment is the sufferer’s acceptance of some form of counseling and/ or medication.
Psychologists provide support, education, coping skills training, monitor symptoms and encouragement to continue medical treatment. The psychiatrist monitors the medication that is necessary.
Most people with this depressive illness can be helped with treatment
#1 An Unquiet Mind – a great book about depression, a remarkable personal testimony: the revelation of her own struggle since adolescence
#2 Surviving Manic Depression: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers