Manic Depression is an illness that involves the body, thoughts and a person's mood. It is not just a bad mood that will pass with time or something a person can just pull themselves together from and "get over it". Manic depression is a disorder suffered by many people and affects the way a person eats, sleeps, how they feel about themselves, and how they think. This disorder cannot be cured without a treatment because it has to do with a person's chemical makeup and things that have happened in their life.
Symptoms of depression include persistent sadness, .
anxiousness, emptiness, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, .
guilt, helplessness, and worthlessness. Also a loss of interest or .
pleasure in hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed is a .
common sign a person is depressed. They may be very tired and .
feel a loss of energy to do everyday routines or could suffer the .
opposite and not be able to sleep and become extremely restless. .
Appetite changes and weight loss or weight gain is an example .
of a physical change along with headaches and chronic pains. .
Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts are very .
serious symptoms of depression and the person needs to seek .
Depression is not something you can catch like the cold or the flu. It may run in families, suggesting it is biologically .
inherited. Additional factors in a person's life more likely .
bring on the depression even if it had already been inherited. .
Stresses in life with work, school, and home are typical causes. .
In some families depression seems to occur generation after .
generation and in others a person with no past family history of .
the disorder could suffer from it. Whether inherited or not, .
depression is often associated with changes in the brain .
structure or brain function.
Manic depression, which is also known as bipolar disorder, is a certain type of depression. It is characterized by cycling mood changes; severe highs (mania) and severe lows (depression).