In most patients, manic episodes alternate with depression. The mania can range from euphoria to irritability. Thinking seems to be at warp speed; ideas are grandiose, even paranoid. Judgment is compromised; behavior is reckless.
A mental illness that causes people to have severe high and low moods. People with this illness swing from feeling overly happy and joyful (or irritable) to feeling very sad and hopeless (or happy). In between these mood swings, a person's moods may be normal. See also: manic depression See also: Treatment
(bi·polar dis·order) NOUN: According to the American Psychiatric Association, bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is characterized by moods that alternate between mania (feeling indestructible, hyperactive and overly self-confident) and depression (feeling intensely sad and hopeless). The periods of mania and depression vary in length and are unpredictable. Periods of mania usually follow longer periods of depression.
Also known as manic-depressive illness, a mental illness involving episodes of serious mania and depression. The person's mood usually swings from overly "high" and irritable to sad and hopeless and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between. Periods of abnormal mood and associated physiologic changes last for at least 2 weeks.
A mood disorder characterized by varying episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression. Bipolar I disorder refers to the presence of one or more manic episodes, often preceding or following a depressive episode. Bipolar II disorder refers to the presence of one or more major depressive episodes and at least one hypomanic episode and no manic episodes.
(BP) A mood disorder in the DSM-IV which is characterised by dramatic highs (mania) and deep depression. Bipolar was called manic depression in the DSM-III-R. Researchers are studying a possible genetic connection between Bipolar and other Mood Disorders and autistic spectrum disorders.
Formerly referred to as manic depression, bipolar is a serious mood disorder, typically beginning in adolescence or early adulthood, in which manic â€œhighsâ€ and depressed â€œlowsâ€ alternate with periods of normal mood.
Also known as manic-depression. Comprehensive information can be found here: NIMH. People so affected experience stronger mood swings than normal. The most extreme mood swings, whether mania or depression can cause psychosis, possibly due to flooding of the brain with excessive neurotransmitters. This seems to damage the brain. Bipolar disease is classified in two types. Bipolar disorder I with psychosis often resembles schizophrenia. Bipolar II is most commonly diagnosed as major or unipolar depression, often inappropriately treated with SSRIs which can trigger mild to serious mania. SSRIs are also not recommended for childhood depression. A way to determine the best drugs to treat bipolar depression is needed sorely as depression is more frequent and crippling, if less drastic than mania, for bipolar patients.
a personality disorder in which the person oscillates between a deep depression and elation or happiness. Usually the changes are gradual, but can be very sudden. This disorder used to be called manic depressive disorder
Also known as manic depression, an illness that can cause extreme shifts in thoughts, energy, mood, and behavior; a person's mood may swing between "highs" (mania) and "lows" (depression); in between mood swings, a person may have few or no symptoms.
( Related information) Extreme mood swings punctuated by periods of generally even-keeled behavior characterize this disorder. Bipolar disorder tends to run in families. This disorder typically begins in the mid-twenties and continues throughout life. Without treatment, people who have bipolar disorder often go through devastating life events such as marital breakups, job loss, substance abuse, and suicide.
also known as manic depressive disorder, is characterized by repeated mood swings between depression and mania (elevation of mood and increased energy and activity). Between episodes the person may have no symptoms. Treatment almost always includes medications, most typically Lithium Carbonate. Anticonvulsant medications are also prescribed frequently; Carbamazepine is the most widely used. www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Bipolar_Disorder.htm
Bipolar disorder, also sometimes called manic-depressive disorder, is a mood disorder in which a person experiences episodes of mania and clinical depression without other environmental or medical etiologies.
a mental illness characterized by cycles of mania and depression. During manic periods, individuals may seem very happy and be hyperactive, wakeful, and easily distracted. In very severe episodes, psychotic symptoms may also be present.
any of several mood disorders characterized usually by alternating episodes of depression and mania or by episodes of depression alternating with mild nonpsychotic excitement. blood gases - measure the pH (acidity), oxygen content, and carbon dioxide content of the blood.
A form of depressive disease that characteristically involves cycles of depression and elation or mania . Sometimes the mood switches from high to low and back again are dramatic and rapid, but more often they are gradual and slow. See the entire definition of Bipolar disorder
also known as manic-depression, this disorder is characterized by alternating periods of extreme moods. For example, a period of mania may be characterized by excessive energy, restlessness and/or irritability. This period of mania may be followed by a period of depression characterized by feelings of hopelessness and a lack of energy.
Affects about one in 100 American adults. A sufferer's mood swings from overly "high" or irritable to sad and hopeless, with periods of normal moods in between. The disorder typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood and continues throughout life, sometimes leading to substance abuse and suicide. Research indicates that bipolar disorder, which consists of a deficit of certain chemicals in the brain, is inherited. Effective medications and other therapies can reduce the suffering associated with the disorder.
Clinical course of mood-related behaviors that may include one or more manic episodes (excitability, rapid changes in ideas or subjects) or mixed episodes (Bipolar I disorder) or recurring major depressive episodes along with at least one hypomanic, mild form of mania (Bipolar II disorder).
A mental illness characterized by two opposite and extreme types of moods: episodes of mania (hyperactivity, excessive cheerfulness and excitement, decreased need of sleep, flight of ideas, etc.) and depression (marked by poor appetite and poor self-esteem, sleep disturbances [insomnia or oversleeping], hopelessness, loss of energy, suicidal ideas, etc.). An ill individual may experience a series of manic or depressive episodes, or both.
(manic depressive disorder): A mental illness that causes people to have severe high and low moods. People with this illness switch from feeling overly happy and joyful (or irritable) to feeling very sad and hopeless (or extreme happiness). In between mood swings, a person's moods may be normal.
A mood disorder in which people experience episodes of depression and mania (exaggerated excitement) or of mania alone. Typically the individual alternates between the two extremes, often with periods of normal mood in between (syn. manic-depression). See also depression, mood disorder.
A category of mental illnesses in which mood and affect are disturbed — characterized by irregular cycles of mania and/or depression. During manic periods, the individual may be in a very elevated mood and exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity, wakefulness and distractibility or irritability. In very severe episodes, psychotic symptoms may also be present. Individuals experiencing depressive periods can exhibit sustained symptoms of depressed mood, diminished pleasure or interest in most activities, fatigue, sleep disturbance (either insomnia or hypersomnia), weight loss or weight gain and slowed thinking.
Also known as manic-depression, this disorder is characterized by alternating periods of extreme moods, usually swinging from being overly elated or irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression) and then back again, with periods of normal mood in between. The frequency of the swings between these two states, and the duration of the mood, varies from person to person.
A pattern of manic "highs" and depressive "lows" or a combination of manic energy with a depressed mood characterizes pediatric bipolar disorder. The child may be easily irritated, inattentive, hypersexual or easily enraged. He or she may have multiple mood shifts or seem like two different people. The child can be charming, funny and bright, but also bossy and difficult to live with at home and in school.
Bipolar disorder was once known as manic-depression. It is a diagnosis in psychiatry referring to periods of extreme, often inappropriate, and sometimes unpredictable mood states. Bipolar individuals generally experience mania, hypomania or mixed states alternating with clinical depression and euthymic or normal range of mood over varied periods of time.