He says consumers often confuse mood lability [instability] with rapid-cycling.
Only about 15 to 20 percent of people with bipolar experience rapid-cycling, he adds.
Mc Intyre, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Toronto, and head of the Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit at the University Health Network in Toronto.
One reason depression is more debilitating than mania is that it lasts longer; another is that it occurs more frequently: According to a 2002 study by Lewis L.
“On many weekends, I would hole up in my apartment, not coming out again until Monday morning.” Severe bipolar depression not only robs one of the ability to enjoy life, but also may even interfere with basic acts of self-care. She showered, applied some makeup, but found she couldn’t leave the house.By Donna Jackel It is the manic phase of bipolar disorder that attracts—no, demands—attention.But those who have the illness, or love someone who does, know it is depression that most disrupts and devastates lives—and dominates the course of the illness. of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is sad, she sometimes avoids bike riding with her seven-year-old daughter.Thase, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and author of several books on bipolar, depression and related topics.It’s not surprising that misdiagnoses frequently occur.Borchard, a mother of two, popular blogger (Beyond Blue on beliefnet.com), and author of several books, including the memoir, Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes (Hachette Book Group, 2009).“It has taken about nine months to navigate through that stress, but now that we have found a way to produce enough income, I think I will be less prone to fall into depression.” The severity of the illness, one’s support system, the luck—or failure—of finding effective medication, a competent doctor, and a supportive partner—all affect how successfully bipolar depression can be stabilized. of Easley, South Carolina, managed to teach for 32 years, in part because of her husband’s steady encouragement, but some days it took all her inner resources to make it through the day.Moreover, people with bipolar depression also frequently complain of seasonal worsening and ‘therapeutic misadventures’ with antidepressants—that is, the depression gets worse with antidepressant therapy.” Because bipolar and unipolar depression can “look” so similar, psychiatrists must take care to get detailed family histories—and to ask patients if they have ever experienced symptoms of mania or hypomania, says Eric D.Caine, MD, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center and an international expert on suicide prevention. Many people undergo distinct periods of stability, mania, and depression.The irony is this is also the time when we feel the most unlovable, are least able to return love, and tend to strain the devotion and patience of even the most steadfast caregiver. I went up and calmly asked what his problem was, and he snapped something about not kissing him goodnight … I quickly realized this was an [irrational] conversation, told him so and to get some sleep, and we could have a rational conversation the next day, which we did.” When the darkness doesn’t lift, despite the help of family and modern medicine, many people lose all hope.According to the National Mental Health Association, 30 to 70 percent of suicide victims suffered from major depression or bipolar disorder.