Are you seeing signs of manic depression in yourself or a close friend or family member? Are you finding yourself vacillating between periods of severe debilitating sadness and impulsive behavior such as shoplifting or erratic thoughts where you just can't turn off your mind?
Manic depression, or bipolar disorder as it is now known, can be elusive and hard to recognize if you are unaware of the symptoms. Such unstable moods and behavior can reek havoc on yourself and on relationships.
But once you know the signs, you can get help for yourself or your loved ones.
Bipolar Disorder is a type of mood disorder where people may switch from feeling extremely sad, lethargic most of the day, nearly every day as reported by the actual person or observations made by others, to a distinct period of elevated, expansive or irritable mood lasting at least one week.
The signs of "mania" are quite different from symptoms of typical depression. These signs may include, but are not limited to:
- inflated mood or grandiosity
- decreased need for sleep
- more talkative and almost seems pressured
- racings thoughts, switching topics quickly
- increase in goal directed activity
- excessive involvement in pleasurable activity that has a high potential for painful consequences( shopping sprees, sexual indiscretions, foolish business investments)
Manic depression is a biological disorder that can and is treated successfully with medication. So if you are noticing these signs of manic depression in someone you love, encourage them to see their doctor to get the help they need.