Manic Depression Symptoms
If you’re looking for manic depression symptoms then you’ll see them listed below.
And the exciting news is they can be reduced or even eliminated in many people by a simple combination of diet modification along with a brand new emotional healing technique.
I’m bipolar myself, although these days I very rarely experience either the depression or the inner maniac that resides within me.
The Manic Depression Symptoms
To be diagnosed with manic depression (now called bipolar disorder) a person would be expected to have at least three of the following symptoms:
- Excessive self-esteem or grandiosity
- Reduced need for sleep
- Extreme talkativeness
- Extremely rapid flight of thoughts; feeling the mind is racing
- Inability to concentrate; easily distracted
- Dramatic increase in social or work-orientedactivities
- Poor judgment, as manifested by uncontrollable spending sprees, increased sexual indiscretion, and misguided financial decisions.
Diagnosing bipolar disorder is often difficult, even for mental health professionals. What distinguishes bipolar disorder from unipolar depression is that the affected person experiences states of both mania and depression. Symptom criteria are reflected in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
The DSM (now the DSM-IV) evolved as a collaborative effort of literally hundreds of doctors and researchers, to produce standardized lists of clinically observable symptoms, to provide a uniform and consistent diagnosis. The DSM offers four different forms of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression):
1.) Bipolar I Disorder
“The essential feature of Bipolar I Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Manic Episodes or Mixed Episodes” (p. 382),
Variants of Bipolar I Disorder are further distinguished by their recent history:
Single Manic Episode
Most Recent Episode Hypomanic
Most Recent Episode Manic
Most Recent Episode Mixed
Most Recent Episode Depressed
Most Recent Episode Unspecified
2.) Bipolar II Disorder
“The essential feature of Bipolar II Disorder is a clinical course that is characterized by the occurrence of one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Episode” (p. 392).
“A history of hypomanic episodes with periods of depression that do not meet criteria for major depressive episodes.”
4.) Bipolar Disorder NOS (Not Otherwise Specified>)
“This is a catchall category, diagnosed when the disorder does not fall within a specific subtype.”
Working with Manic Depression Symptoms
Mood stabilizing medications are usually the first choice to treat bipolar disorder. It’s common for people with bipolar disorder to continue treatment with mood stabilizers for years.
The classic tool for working with manic depression symptoms, lithium has been a lifesaver for many who suffer from manic depression. Often times, lithium is combined with various antidepressants such as Paxil or Zoloft.
Valproic acid or divalproex sodium (Depakote) is also used instead of lithium.
More recently, the anticonvulsant lamotrigine (Lamictal) received FDA approval for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. Other anticonvulsant medications are also sometimes used in place of lithium.
One thing to keep in mind, Valproic acid, lamotrigine, and other anticonvulsant medications have an FDA warning which states their use may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Atypical antipsychotic medications are also used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Zyprexa, an antipsychotic medicine, is approved by the FDA for schizophrenia, acute mixed or manic episodes of bipolar disorder, and maintenance treatment in bipolar disorder.
Zyprexa can cause extremely unpleasant side effects such as diabetes, severe anxiety, tardive dyskinesia, (where your muscles spasm uncontrollably – sometimes irreversibly) and excessive weight gain. Another common side effect is a complete loss of libido.
Various other antipsychotic medicines are also used for bipolar, such as Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Geodon. (Geodon should be used as a LAST RESORT ONLY.)
Symbyax is classified as an antidepressant, but it’s actually a combination of Prozac and Zyprexa. It’s the first drug FDA approved for bipolar disorder. With all the side effects you’ve come to expect in a medication of this nature: most notably fatigue, weight gain, and loss of libido.
As an alternative to prescription antidepressants, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) has been shown in scientific studies to be just as effective without the numerous side effects of depression medications. 5-HTP can be safely combined with lithium to reduce manic depression symptoms.
One of the ways lithium relieves manic depression symptoms is by promoting increased brain levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Phosphatidycholine (the main component of lecithin) performs the same function, and has been shown to produce significant improvement in some patients.
Not everyone responds well to phosphatidycholine; it causes depression in some people who take it. Still, it may be a viable alternative for those who don’t respond well to lithium.
Hair samples of manic patients contain elevated levels of the heavy metal vanadium. Upon recovery, the vanadium levels fall into the normal range.
By comparison, depressed people have normal vanadium levels in hair samples, while their blood levels of vanadium are elevated. Their levels also return to normal upon recovery.
Vanadium appears to play a major role in determining mood. The following double-blind crossover study -
- G. Naylor, “Vanadium and Manic Depressive Psychosis”, Nutr Health 3 (1984): 79-85.
…produced significant clinical improvement in manic depression symptoms by reducing vanadium levels. Their secret? vitamin C! 3 to 5 grams of vitamin C, divided into several doses taken three times per day.
Vitamin C alters the chemical structure of vanadate to the less harmful vanadyl. Considering the cost and availability of vitamin C, you’d have to be crazy not to try this option! (That’s a joke. It’s okay to laugh.)
The highest levels of vanadium are found in processed foods, so eating as much unprocessed foods as possible may also provide relief from manic depression symptoms. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be a major part of your diet if you suffer from any of the manic depression symptoms.
And finally, some people have reported reduce manic depression symptoms by taking fish oil, or some other supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin E may help as well.
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I’ve had bipolar since I was a teenager. And I’ve done a lot of crazy things I’m still not willing to talk about.
Now, however, I barely even notice it. Bipolar gives me almost no trouble at all.
I almost feel guilty because my life has become so enjoyable and so easy. Especially since I remember how miserable I used to be.
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