Helping Teens With Manic Depression
Manic Depression, more commonly referred to as Bipolar Disorder is characterized by periods of abnormally high mood and energy level followed by periods of abnormally low mood and energy level. The elevated periods are clinically referred to as manic, while the low periods are referred to as depressive.
Those suffering from Manic Depression may have periods of normal mood levels in between; others quickly alternate between mania and depression. This condition is described as rapid cycling. The manic phase is frequently characterized by heightened energy levels and decreased need for sleep. Additional symptoms include impaired judgment, spending sprees, risky behavior, and low attention span. The depressive phase is often manifest with anxiety, guilt, isolation, anger, disturbed sleep, fatigue, loneliness, and in some cases suicidal thoughts or actions.
How to Treat Manic Depression
Manic Depression is typically treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Because of the self-threatening nature of many of the behaviors associated with both the “highs” and “lows“ of the mood cycle, it may be necessary for commitment, either voluntary or involuntary, for treatment to proceed. The suicide rate for manic depression sufferers is a major concern. As many as one-third said they attempted suicide or were identified as having committed suicide. This places the incidence at more than ten times the general population.
Often Manic Depression appears in childhood or early adolescence, but because of the wide range of symptoms, parents can easily miss or misdiagnose it. Between one-third and one-half of adults who are manic-depressive report traumatic childhood events or abuse. Those who did suffer from it report more serious and frequent symptoms. Parents noticing fluctuating symptoms should seek professional help in determining and diagnosing the cause of the problems. Early treatment of manic depressive issues is critical, particularly given the already elevated incidence of teenage suicide attempts.
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