Manic Depression is another name for Bi-Polar. When an individuals mood swings are very irregular with sudden changes from good to bad this is commonly associated with being Bi-Polar. It is just another in the many forms of depression. Manic depression is not the same as just being sad or upset for over something in particular. Manic depression is more serious than that. The diagnosis of being Bi-Polar is just another stage of the disease of depression. Millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with Manic Depression every year. Typically, some type of depression yearly affects around 17 million Americans.
The drawback is that only a third of the potentially affected will ever seek medical assistance or get some type of diagnosis.
If you do not look for help then it is very hard to find a cure. Many Americans are hesitant to confront a disease that is categorized as a mental illness.
They do not want to be stereotyped as one who must be out of their mind. Diseases that affect the brain have always been very complicated. It is hard to shake the stigma that comes with the diagnosis. However, as with any form of depression, the affliction does not make you less a person. It does not mean that you are a nut case. It means you have an illness like any other. It can be treated. First, it has to be identified.
The causes of all forms of depression are still being examined in the medical profession. It has been shown that depression can be brought on by many possibilities. It is known that biological, genetic, and environmental factors have to be taken into consideration. We know that it seems to be caused by a chemical imbalance on the brain. We also know that stress can play a major role in the advent of depression. Every day we confront events in life that cause us stress. It can be problems at work, in our relationships with those we love or facing the reality of trying to survive week to week. Depression does not play favorites. It can affect the rich and the poor. It is not racist. No color or nationality is free from this illness.
The symptoms for all forms of depression are quite similar:
- Frequent change in personality
- Mood swings up and down
- feeling of helplessness, hopelessness or desperation
When your ability to function properly at work and at play becomes ever apparent then the possibility of depression is real. There is hope for depression sufferers. You can find help. There are medicines both prescribed and natural that can offer a cure. There are also medical professionals that can help your illness through ‘talk therapy‘. There are also many support groups that will help you deal with the disease. The first step in the cure is seeking the assistance.