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Depression Episodes of Manic Depression

Depression episodes of manic depression include the following symptoms:
  • Persistent sad mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, including sex
  • Significant change in appetite or body weight
  • Oversleeping or difficulty sleeping
  • Physical slowing down or agitation
  • Loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Mania Episodes of Manic Depression

Mania episodes of manic depression include abnormally and persistently high mood or irritability and at least three of the following symptoms:
  • Overly inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Increased talkativeness
  • Racing thoughts
  • Distractibility
  • Increased goal-directed activity, such as shopping
  • Physical agitation
  • Excessive involvement in risky behaviors or activities.

Mixed-State Manic Depression

In mixed-state manic depression, symptoms of mania and depression are present at the same time. These symptoms frequently include:
  • Agitation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Significant change in appetite
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thinking.
The episodes may be separated by periods of wellness during which a person suffers few to no symptoms, especially early in the course of manic depression. When four or more episodes of illness occur within a 12-month period, the person is said to have manic depression with rapid cycling. The condition is often complicated by co-occurring alcohol or substance abuse.
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