10 Jan 19: This web page is no longer being maintained.
The Living Manic Depressive website is still active, but the information on this page has been updated and moved to other places on the website.
Check the Symptoms Menu item in the top Menu for information on Depression and Mania symptoms, or return to the Living Manic Depressive Home Page.
- Do you think you might suffer from depression or mania?
- Do you think you might have mood swings?
- Have you been diagnosed as bipolar, and you want to know more?
- Has someone you know been diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder?
- Do you think that someone you know might be bipolar or depressed or manic or have mood swings?
The three sections describe what it’s really like to be depressed or manic, using plain English instead of the medical jargon. You know, so that you can read and understand it.
In the Mania or Hypomania section, there is information about the signs of mania, so you can check if you are becoming manic or if you already are manic.
An important step in gaining control of your life is knowing when things are going wrong. You can train yourself to look for and recognise the signs of mania on an ongoing basis, so that you’ll know when you need to do something about it. Especially so that you don’t upset everything and everyone around you.
There is also information about things that can cause or trigger manic episodes – and you’ll understand why you don’t like the holiday seasons so much.
Depression usually starts off mild and deepens into severe. These are 18 Symptoms of Depression that happen as depression becomes worse and worse.
Of course, it’s necessary or handy to know the Official Signs of Depression and Bipolar Disorder – the ones used by psychiatrists. The information here is taken from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), which is the big fat book that categorises the various psychological disorders.