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Identifying Manic Depression Symptoms

“Manic depression” is a term commonly used to describe bipolar disorder. This mental health condition is characterized by extreme mood swings, ranging from episodes of mania to episodes of depression. These symptoms can be intense and disruptive, affecting all areas of life, including work, school, relationships, and daily activities. Knowing the symptoms of manic depression can help you better understand your mental health and reach out for help if you’re struggling.

Columbia Associates provides bipolar disorder treatment services in our locations in Maryland and Virginia. If you’re experiencing symptoms of bipolar disorder or have been diagnosed with this condition, call 703.682.8208 today to discover how we can help.

The Most Common Symptoms of Manic Depression

Symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary in type and severity, but generally fall into two categories: manic and depressive episodes.

Manic episodes are characterized by an intense and elevated mood, also known as mania. During a manic episode, someone may experience:

  • Excessive energy and restlessness
  • Increased talkativeness
  • Racing thoughts and difficulty concentrating
  • Risky or impulsive behaviors (e.g., excessive spending, reckless driving)
  • Decreased need for sleep

On the other hand, depressive episodes are marked by a low mood and lack of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed. Symptoms of a depressive episode may include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Changes in appetite and weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

It’s important to note that not everyone with bipolar disorder experiences both manic and depressive episodes. Some may primarily have periods of mania or depression, while others may have a mix of both. Additionally, the frequency and duration of these episodes can vary greatly from person to person.

Bipolar Disorder or Something Else?

The symptoms of bipolar disorder can overlap with other mental health conditions. For example, some people may mistake a manic episode for anxiety or ADHD, while a depressive episode may be misdiagnosed as depression or an adjustment disorder. It’s essential to seek out a professional evaluation if you’re experiencing symptoms of manic depression to receive an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Other possible signs of bipolar disorder may include:

  • Rapid mood swings or cycling between extreme emotions
  • Difficulty managing relationships and work/school responsibilities during episodes
  • Substance abuse or self-medication with drugs/alcohol

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to reach out for help. Left untreated, bipolar disorder can significantly impact your life and lead to further complications, such as financial struggles, relationship problems, and physical health issues.

Treating Bipolar Disorder

While there is no cure for bipolar disorder, for many people, it can be effectively managed through a combination of medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and other interventions. Signs that your bipolar disorder is being well-managed may include:

  • A decrease in the frequency and severity of mood episodes
  • Improved functioning in daily life
  • Better relationships and social connections

Working with a mental health professional is the best way to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms and needs. They can tweak your treatment plan as needed, monitor your progress, and provide ongoing support and guidance.

Call Columbia Associates Today for Bipolar Disorder Treatment Services

At Columbia Associates, we understand the complexities of bipolar disorder and have extensive experience in helping our clients manage this condition. Our team of licensed therapists and psychiatrists offers a range of evidence-based treatments for bipolar disorder and other mental health concerns.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your mental health journey, click here to reach out to our team of empathetic mental health care experts. For existing clients, please click here and find your office location to contact your office directly.