Location: North Carolina
Time: 05:50 AM
Manic depression is the old name for bipolar disorder. This is a treatable disease, although people often struggle to get a good diagnosis, on the right medications, and to stay in treatment. the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a support group for families and an advocacy group. You can get information and they also have classes for family members to understand better ways to cope with mental illness in the family. The Mental Health Association is also a good source of information and advocacy.
Time: 06:07 AM
They are one and the same, just other names for the condition. She really should be assessed by a mental health specialist; usually a psychiatrist for a diagnosis and medication and talking with a psychologist (or psychiatrist) for "talk therapy."
Name: Paige Coyne
Location: New Jersey
Time: 06:23 AM
Hi - Bipolar Disorder is the same as Manic-Depressive Illness. The name was simply changed over the years. There are two types of the illness: Bipolar I and Bipolar II. Our 18-year-old daughter has Bipolar I disorder with rapid cycling in addition to panic disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. She was diagnosed a few months prior to her 15th birthday. You will find a great support system in NAMI - the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI has an excellent program called Family to Family, which is a 12-week program if you have a loved one who has a mental illness. You can find your local chapter on the web. Another helpful organization is the DBSA - the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. I hope I was of some help. Keep reading. Knowledge is the best!!! Take Care.
Location: David Levy
Time: 11:14 AM
MedlinePLus is an excellent government website for this kind of information. I have cut and pasted what they had to say. There is no difference clinical difference between Bipolar disorder and manic depression - see highlight below.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of excitability (mania) alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very abrupt.
Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally and usually appears between the ages of 15 and 25. The exact cause is unknown, but it occurs more often in relatives of people with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder results from disturbances in the areas of the brain that regulate mood. During manic periods, a person with bipolar disorder may be overly impulsive and energetic, with an exaggerated sense of self. The depressed phase brings overwhelming feelings of anxiety, low self-worth, and suicidal thoughts.
There are two primary types of bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder - have had at least one fully manic episode with periods of major depression. In the past, bipolar disorder - was called manic depression.
People with bipolar disorder II seldom experience full-fledged mania. Instead they experience periods of hypomania (elevated levels of energy and impulsiveness that are not as extreme as the symptoms of mania). These hypomanic periods alternate with episodes of major depression.
A mild form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymia involves periods of hypomania and mild depression, with less-severe mood swings. People with bipolar disorder II or cyclothymia may be misdiagnosed as having depression alone.
Time: 07:53 PM
As I understand it they are the same. The internet has plenty of information.
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Time: 07:53 PM
My husband is bipolar. Bipolar and Manic-depressive is the same. Manic-depressive was the term used several years ago. Bipolar is the term most likely to be used now. There are groups that can provide you with information about this illness. Do a search on the internet. There are many good books that will also give you information. It is stressful yet manageable as long as the patient will take the medications regularly and visit their doctor on a regular basis. It is very important for the family to work together. Members of a family may notice the symptoms of a manic stage or a depression stage before the patient realizes that it is happening. Family members need a close working relationship with the doctor so that they can deal with these symptoms as soon as they see them. Good luck.