Manic depressive illness or bipolar is a severe emotional disorder that has recurrent cycles of depression and mania with sudden mood changes from happy to sad for no apparent reason with periods of euphoria, elation, highs and lows with increased intense irritability.
Mania is a mental psychiatric disorder when a person might have an impulsive behavior and could be overly obsessive about anything and showing intense enthusiasm.
Some more signs of this disorder are: restlessness, decreased or increased activity and/or energy, abuse of drugs or alcohol, extreme irritability, poor judgment, paranoia, stress, denial of any problems, among others not mentioned here.
When someone suffers from a type of depression they usually fall into some level of unhappiness with feelings of hopelessness.
For some people these feelings are manageable and don’t get any worse, for others who have bigger problems with work, health, financial problems, or marriage difficulties their depression can increase and some suffer with more symptoms such as an inability to sleep, stress, poor concentration, loss of appetite or eating more than usual, lack of motivation, lack of energy, lack of desire to have sex, and sometimes they become suicidal having thoughts of ways to end their life or go ahead and commit suicide.
If you feel the symptoms are getting worse seek medical help before it gets out of hand. Your problems could be smaller than you think and more manageable through medication and easier to fix than killing yourself.
Sometimes this disorder can be treated with therapy and/or antidepressant medications. Lithium is often used with good results in most patients but does not work for all.
Lithium helps prevent mood swings and reduces he frequency of the mood changes in people with manic depressive illness.
If you or someone you know is suffering with suicidal thoughts there is help if you only seek it. Call a family member, a friend, your doctor, or if you think you have no one that cares you should seek the free professional help from the National Suicide Prevention Life Line their phone number is 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website for more information and help at Suicide Prevention Life Line.