Manic Disorders - Symptoms , Causes and Treatments

Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses symptoms of manic disorder.

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Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses symptoms of manic disorder.
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Featuring Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK)

Video Title: Manic Disorders - Symptoms , Causes and Treatments Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds

People that are experiencing a manic episode tend to feel unusually happy or irritable for no apparent reason.

In addition, they tend to have a tremendous amount of energy. They feel great. They can get away with less sleep than usual. They tend to have an increase in their sex drive. They tend to feel that they are somehow special.

They tend to have a lot of ideas going through their head. They feel very creative. They feel that they can do lots of things that most people can’t do. People with Bipolar 2 disorder have hypomanic episodes and depressive episodes.

In terms of symptoms of the depression, they are no different compared with the symptoms of depression that you see as a part of Bipolar 1. The main difference is the hypomanic episodes. There again, the main difference is the severity. So the hypomanic symptoms are less severe compared with the manic symptoms that people with Bipolar 1 experience.

However, the depressive episodes in people with Bipolar 2 tend to be much more protracted, so the depressive episodes tend to last for longer periods of time. Therefore, when you look at the impact of Bipolar 1 illness and Bipolar 2 illness on people, it’s fairly similar because people with both illnesses tend to experience symptoms for similar periods of time overall, and therefore they both affect functioning, and also the risk of suicide seems to be fairly similar in both conditions.

If you think you have any symptoms of depression or manic episodes or if you’re in doubt, make sure to speak with your family physician. They can help you to figure out whether you have this illness or not.

Presenter: Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Psychiatrist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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