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Manic depression (bipolar disorder) is a condition that involves episodes (or cycles) of mania and depression. The depressive episodes of this brain disorder can involve symptoms such as:
- Persistent sad mood
- Significant change in appetite
- Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed.
During a manic episode, symptoms may include things like:
- Decreased need for sleep
- Overly inflated self-esteem
- Racing thoughts.
Most people with the condition are free of symptoms between cycles, but as many as one-third can have residual symptoms. Manic depression is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life, much like diabetes or heart disease.
(Click Manic Depression to learn about other characteristics of the cycles, how many people are affected by this condition, and more.)