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Taking Manic Depression Effects Seriously

Manic depression effects or Bipolar depression is actually considered as one of the worst type of depression that people usually suffer from.

Characterized by sudden and extreme changes in their mood, Manic depression is said to be called as such because manic = mania refers to the 'ups' while depression refers to the 'downs'.
A lot of people actually experience erratic changes in their moods, some times, these so-called mood swings may not just be caused by PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) or stress. Doctors actually have diagnosed mood swings as a common symptom of depression.

But when these so-called mood swings have gone to utmost absurdity, from getting irked even by the littlest or simplest of thins like not getting your favorite ice cream flavor, this may not be just a sign of brattiness, but when getting irked means you'll cuss and swear on the ice cream vendor and throw absurd tantrums, this may already be the start of Manic depression.The so-called 'manic' or 'ups' in Manic depression is described as to be the times when a person suffering from Manic depression may experience overly high periods, consisting of heightened energy, a sudden outburst of euphoric mood, extreme irritability, thoughts racing as well as aggressive behavior.
According to therapists, someone suffering from Manic depression may have these so-called manic 'periods' wherein sudden outbursts of euphoric and elevated mood swings may actually go through this for as long as not just a day, in can actually go on for as long as one week, even longer than that.

When it comes to the so-called 'low' or 'down' periods, as its name suggests can actually bring someone who is suffering from Manic depression may experience very similar symptoms to those who are suffering from actual depression. People who are suffering from Manic depression may actually experience episodes showing a depressed state of mind - a feeling of worthlessness and being unloved may start to corrupt the individual's mind. Various symptoms, showing guilt, extreme sadness, anxiety attacks, feeling of not belonging, extreme pessimism and obvious loss for pleasure. According to therapists, an individual who is depressed. consistently for more than a week can officially be diagnosed as someone who is suffering from Manic depression.

In spite of being one of the most common, yet severe type of depressive disorder, Manic depression, according to doctors can actually be treated. There's no reason to worry too much about it, just follow the proper procedures that the therapist will instruct you to do, take the proper prescribed medications as well as the proper dosage in order to help you (or your friend or love one) overcome Manic depression before it becomes too late. Also, individuals who are suffering from Manic depression should always be able to see their therapists on a regular basis so as to be able to release their pent up emotions to some one who can interpret and understand what they're going to a lot better as compared to "normal" people.

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Abraham Lincoln's War Of Emancipation Against Depression

It is said that the true measure of a man is not seen in times of victory, but in moments of great challenge.  A hero, in the true sense of the word, is not about accomplishing incredible feats due to strength, power, and authority.  Heroism is best exemplified by men and women who strive for accomplishment in spite of overwhelming odds and latent weaknesses. Abraham Lincoln was one such hero.

             In his book entitled, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, the author Michael Burlingame attempted to explain the roots of the former U.S. president's depression.  Burlingame claims that the death of Lincoln's mother was the cause and the beginning of Lincoln's lifelong battle with melancholia.  The book also reveals that as a young child, the future president had to endure the pain and grief of losing a newborn brother, a sister, an uncle, and an aunt.  These deaths became embedded in the young Lincoln's psyche, resulting in a series of deep sadness.

            Overcoming depression, it can be argued, was Lincoln's greatest feat as a human being.  His long list of failures and defeats would surely overwhelm a lesser man.  

In 1832, he lost his job and was defeated in his first attempt to win a legislative seat.  The following year, his business collapsed and he spent the next 17 years paying-off his debt.

In 1835, his fiancé died, which then made him suffer from a nervous breakdown.

In 1838, he ran for Speaker of the Illinois State Legislature and lost.

In 1843, he again ran for Congress but failed to get nominated.  Four years later, he again tried in vain to run for Congress.

In 1854, Lincoln tried his hand at running for the Senate and, again, he lost.  Two years later, he ran for Vice President but failed to convince his party mates to nominate him.

            And even when he was elected in 1860 as the 16th U.S. President, he faced a country that was being torn by a civil war that claimed more than 600,000 lives. 

            With all the stress and anxiety that he has gone through, it is no wonder that Abraham Lincoln often looked forlorn, tired, and weak in many of his official photographs.  One can only imagine the sheer burden of making decisions that would impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children during a time when America was divided unto itself. 

            How many sleepless nights did he have almost endlessly pacing his room in deep thought?  What kind of torment did he experience just pondering about the thousands of lives that were lost because of the war?  As commander-in-chief of the Federal Army, his decisions spelled the difference between life and death for each and every infantryman.  Yet somehow, in spite of all the failures and heartaches in his life, Abraham Lincoln was able to pull through and lead a nation.  Even in the middle of crippling psychological and emotional upheavals, he was able to win the war and keep the Union together.

            During Lincoln's time, the medical and scientific community still had no name for manic-depressive disorder.   The psychological disorder was simply called “melancholia.” In those days, there were no psychiatrists, antidepressant prescriptions, counseling, and group therapy available as we know them today. 

            Indeed, during the nation's darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln was able to ride above the storms of his life and lead as President.  While he was never able to achieve complete emancipation from his psychological problems like the freedom that was won for the Negro slaves, Lincoln heroically faced the obstacles and hardships to become America's most revered president.

Reference: ZIP Articles

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