Psychiatrist Questions Manic Depression

What does manic depression mean?

My doctor believes that I have manic depression and is referring me to a psychiatrist to get the treatment that I need. But, I don't understand what this disorder really is. Can you explain it to me?

8 Answers

Manic-Depression is the popular description of Bi-Polar Disorder which means that there is variability in mood from depressed to mania. It comes in many forms and degrees that is best managed with medication and some form of psychotherapy
At least on episode of severe depression for a week with not wanting to do anything, not feeling like yourself, sleep and appetite problems, loss of sex drive, and one episode of a week of feeling full of energy, not needing much sleep - that's bipolar type 2; one week of extreme behaviors maybe feeling you are the messiah with all the type 2 energy, but now type 1 bipolar. Type one tends to be very extreme, leading to hospitalization then back to normal. Type 2 tends to not lead to hospitalization, but has many more episodes of depression. The term manic depression has been replaced by bipolar.
Manic depression is the opposite of mania. Mania is when you have too much energy, irritability, impulsivity and such. Depression is when you feel sad, with no energy, motivation or interest.
Manic depression means Bipolar disorder. That was the official term before being updated to bipolar. It means you oscillate between very high highs and very low lows. It can happen quickly or they can last for some time (days, weeks) depending on the person.
Bipolar depression is diagnosed when someone has significant mood swings into significant depressive symptoms. Medication for this disorder is different than that for major depression.
The new name for Manic Depression is Bi-Polar. A person with this illness has three moods, i.e., depression, mania, and normal. Mania means their mood is elevated or expansive. Most are responsive to medications, but the main problem is stopping the medication when they are feeling normal. This leads to a relapse. Jack L. Underwood, M.D.
It means basically highs and lows as to feelings. Feeling good about things and having energy and then depressed and no energy. Hiding from the outside until the highs kick in
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