Manic depression known today as bipolar mood disorder is first noticed by a person definite major mood swings. These mood swings can be mild to severe, but they bring with them changes in behavior and thinking. How often and how severe these cycles occur can increase over the years.
The reason manic depression is now called by professionals bipolar mood disorder is because of the severe mood swings that are as different as the north and South Pole.
Just because you might have a mood swing does not mean that you have manic
depression. Other symptoms must accompany these mood swings in order to be diagnosed with this illness.
Everyone at sometime or another has feeling of being sad, disappointed and frustrated, this is just a part of our normal lives. To diagnosis someone with depression the episodes of depression must be intense, happen often and interfere with your daily life.
Feeling of Depression: (The first half of Manic Depression)
* Feelings of being blue, helpless, remorseful, feeling sad, guilty, blue, or useless.
* loss of interest in work
* not caring for family or friends
* anxiety, fears, worries
* loss of interest in sex
* inability to have fun
Thoughts of Depression: (The first half of Manic Depression)
* slower thinking, difficulty concentrating, having trouble making decisions, mixed-up thoughts, thinking about failures excessively, loss of self-esteem, obsession with certain thoughts that you just cant get out of your mind.
* loss of touch with reality, hearing voices (hallucinations) or having strange ideas (delusions)
* thoughts of suicide, of homicide
Bodys reaction in depression: (The first half of Manic Depression)
* Changes in appetite and weight some lose weight while others gain.
* Problems sleeping some feel the need for more sleep while other can not sleep.
* loss of energy, fatigue,
* headaches, muscle aches
* sour taste in mouth, blurred vision, indigestion
* agitation or restlessness
Behavior with depression: (The first half of Manic Depression)
* slower talking and moving
* withdrawal from family and friends
* crying easily or not crying when it is warranted.
* excessive use of alcohol and/or non-prescription drugs
Meaning of Mania: (The other half of Manic Depression)
The mood in mania is elevated to the state of over excitement. The moods are different and are explained below:
* normal state – happy and joyful
* Moderate state – here a person has high self-esteem, increased creativity and work ability, does not need as much sleep.
* Mania – symptoms start causing problems with social and physiological functions
* “delirious” or psychotic mania – severe over activity, hostile attitude toward self and others, destruction of property, paranoid delusions or hallucinations
Feelings of mania: (The other half of Manic Depression)
* excited mood, feeling high, euphoric,
* irritability, excessive anger over little things,
* rapid changes in emotions: feeling happy one minute and then angry the next for no apparent reason
* becoming hostile
Thoughts of mania: (The other half of Manic Depression)
* thoughts of being greater than one really is, exaggerated self esteem
* Ideas come to mind at a much faster rate.
* Interpretation of events are not correct, distorting of the meaning of ordinary comments
* racing thoughts, jumping quickly from one idea to another
* Will not be able to recognize poor thinking and concluding.
* loss of touch with reality – hearing voices (hallucinations) or having ideas (delusions) about being persecuted, and/or controlled
Body Reactions in Mania: (The other half of Manic Depression)
* extra energy
* May only sleep a couple of hours a night.
* Senses will become heightened.
Behavior of Mania: (The other half of Manic Depression)
* Becoming involved in outlandish money making schemes.
* The desire to become socially active to the point of calling friends at all hours of the night to plan the activities.
* Overspending, giving money away, going on shopping sprees, incurring heavy debts, moving from one activity to another without stopping
* headstrong, targeting the self-esteem of others, alienating family members
* angry and demanding
* talking excessively, sometimes loudly and quickly
* A new interest in collection of items, clothing, jewelry, etc.
* increased sexual activity, may want sexual intercourse several times a day, may even pick up strangers
If you notice this type of behavior in yourself or a loved one seek the advice of a health professional. Do not overlook children or the elderly because they can also develop manic depression.