Do you think i should get help?

@cryw0lf (1302)
United Kingdom
February 16, 2009 9:32am CST
Okay so, i found out that one of my second cousins suffers from maniac depression. Its not a trend i'm trying to take up trust me, but it clearly runs in my family. For the past 6 years maybe, i have been having mood swings, not just any usual mood swings. I mean, i can go from completely happy, to extremely unhappy and i dont know why. I looked up a list of symptoms and this is what i found, i'll underline the ones that i seem to have... Signs and symptoms which occur during an episode of mania are: 1. Enhanced energy, high state of excitability and increased activity. 2. Feelings of euphoria, greatness and generally excited mood. 3.Gets irritable even at the smallest of incidences. 4. Lightening speed talk, thoughts and changing ideas. 5. Lack of concentration accompanied by less sleep. 6. Feelings of grandeur and false belief in their own capacity. 7. Lack of a good judgment. 8. Unusual behavior that is easily recognizable. 9. Easily provoked, excessive intrusion in other’s affairs, state of aggression and angry. 10. Provocative, intrusive, or aggressive behavior. Signs and symptoms which occur during an episode of depression are: 1. Frequent sad, melancholic or empty mood. 2. Feelings of dejection, guilt, or helplessness. 3. Progressive loss of interest in day to day activities. 4. Depleted energy levels and feeling of tiredness. 5. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decision. 6. Suicidal talk and tendencies. Okay so thats like, nearly all of them, except for one or two that i dont understand what they mean. Does this mean im ill? I've certainly felt really crazy recently and have had to question my sanity. I dont understand, one minute im fine, the next i seem to be the worlds enemy. Do you think i need help...?
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@jonesy123 (3949)
• United States
16 Feb 09
According to your profile you are 18. What you describe fits teenage life quite well. It's part of growing up. Everything is a drama, every up and down. Your boyfriend breaks up with you and you think you can't live on without him. One moment on top of the world, the next moment so depressed and upset the nearest mousehole to crawl into won't do. What you liked to do before, you don't want to do anymore. Engaging in risky behavior and at the next moment taking it safe. Irritable and lonely one moment, star of the party the next.... Every teenager goes through it. Part of it hormonal imbalance that's natural at that age (as are the pimples that come with it), part of it is the desire for independence (from parental and other control), yet still wanting to feel sheltered and comfortable at the same time. Personally, I don't think you need help. However, you do have valid concerns due to your family history. On the other hand you have arrived at a stage where you overanalyze your behavior and seem to live in fear, no terror, of really suffering from manic depression. You most certainly should discuss this with your doctor who can be more helpful in giving you advice in terms of how hereditary this is, what your chances are for having it, and what the real signs are. There are tests and analyzes a doctor can perform to properly diagnose the disease... But really, I don't think you suffer from manic depression just simple teenage growing up syndrome which will dissipate within the next seven something years. One sign is that most manic depressive people do not know they have it until they are told something is wrong with them. I urge you to discuss your concerns with a professional if only to finally move on with life and not to live in fear of what you might have inherited from your ancestors. It obviously seems to take away from you being able to enjoy life the way you should at your age which in the long run will lead to depression, not manic but simple depression.
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• United States
16 Feb 09
In no way am I trying to be argumentative but I was dismissed as a teenager as hormonal and age appropriate and it almost killed me. Literally. Several times. I'm very fortunate that it didn't. Any time that a teen has these symptoms for longer than a few weeks, consectutively, there is the potential for a problem that is not age appropriate and not a normal teenage thing. My mother made the mistake of dismissing my concerns and behavior and feelings and I did several things that should have killed me becuase of the fact. I'm now 25 and still have the same disorders that I had as a teenager and am still battling my demons, only with a group of professionals at my back and a wonderful husband. Please don't underestimate the teenage hormones and assume that they don't have a major problem cause it's quite possible that they do.
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@psspurgeon1 (1109)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Ok here goes. Everyone exhibits signs and symptoms of different mental disorders. Manic depression, also known as bipolar is quite severe in that the "ups" can be rather extravagant and dangerous. I exhibit strong qualities of this but I do not have it. What I do have is borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and an anxiety disorder. I also have an underactive thyroid that contributes to my depression. Look up the BPD and compare it. You will find striking similarities but will more than likely find a key that rejects the idea of Bipolar. Bipolar is hugely misdiagnosed these days. There are thousands of people being medicated for it that don't have it. Bipolar is something that you would need to confirm with a highly trained psychologist before believing it. I wouldn't doubt for a second that you have something going on but don't be to quick to decide what it is. You need to see a physician and also a good schrink cause there are many factors that aren't published that they look at in determining a condition. Take care girl!
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@katsalot1 (1619)
16 Feb 09
All of those symptoms also apply to hormone fluctuations. Just because someone in your family has manic depression, doesn't mean you are more likely to have it. It could also be that you are a very creative person. Creative people quite often have intense feelings - good and bad.
@cryw0lf (1302)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 09
No trust me, i would have accepted that a few years ago but since my creativity has dumbed down. Recently all i can think about is how much i want to die since my boyfriend left me. I'm guessing its the stress thats making me feel that way, but i've felt like this pretty much my whole life.