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Manic Depression/Bipolar Affective Disorder

Manic Depression/Bipolar Affective Disorder

Manic depression, or as it is called these days, bipolar disorder is characterised by periods of “lows” (depression) and periods of “highs” (mania). In it’s most extreme forms, the person experiencing the manic phase may require hospitalisation to prevent risk behaviours resulting from the elation and delusion that may occur.

From the Mind website, a quote from one sufferer sums up the experience well:

‘”When I’m in a manic phase, I feel as though I am capable of anything and everything. This can be an amazing feeling, but I sometimes get frustrated and angry with people. Ideas flow constantly and quickly, as if my brain is on fast-forward. Everything happening in the world has significance in my life. But when I’m depressed, it’s as if I’m completely crushed and living in slow motion. I feel capable of nothing and just want to end it all.”

About 1% of the population experience manic depression and research seems to suggest a strong genetic correlation. Medication with lithium salts is common and the use of antipsychotic medication can be useful when the manic phase needs treatment.

Despite this, manic-depressives can still learn to control much of their thinking and use hypnosis and NLP techniques to overcome emotional traumas, change limiting beliefs and stabilise mood.

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