Extreme pessimism, withdrawal from society, changes in sleep patterns. A sudden loss of interest in, and failure to, complete projects started with enthusiasm. There is chronic irritability, sudden attacks of rage when crossed, and loss of inhibition. More symptoms given below.
Mania is a mental state characterized by excessive excitement. Depression is a mental state characterized by dejection, lack of hope, and absence of cheerfulness.
Both of these qualities are strikingly observed in manic depression. Manic depression is cyclic, or circular affective psychosis, in which there are alternating moods of depression and mania. Ordinarily there is a series of periods of psychotic depression or excessive well-being, appearing in any sequence and alternating with longer periods of relative normalcy.
Though intensity may vary greatly, the manic shows an elevated though unstable mood, a flight of ideas, and great physical activity. The case of primary depression finds one thinking that all exertion is exhausting. There is difficulty in thinking or acting and the person is very unhappy.
Manic-depressive disorder is also called bipolar disorder. It typically begins as depression and then develops into alternating periods of depression and mania. Both mania and depression can vary in intensity and length of the cycles (a few days to many months).
During the depression phase, some do nothing while others go through the motions of everyday work while always feeling depressed. Hypomania is a burst of energy and activity, but full-blown manic psychosis includes delusions of
grandeur, invincibility, or persecution, and may result in day and night activity without sleep. Factors inducing manic depression include an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract, food allergies, environmental sensitivities, and certain diseases: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
• A good nourishing diet is very important, omitting all junk food.
• Avoid processed, sugar, and fried foods.
• Locate allergy foods and eliminate them.
• Food allergies, environmental sensitivities, hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia (both of which see) are major causes. Take a 6-hour glucose tolerance test. During the test, someone must stay with the person and record his emotions and events (is he on an up, down, or both).
• Foods which are common offenders include cow’s milk, corn, wheat, rye, soy, and sugar.
• But also consider house dust, perfume, formaldehyde, and cosmetics as allergenic factors to be avoided.
• Solving the manic depressive problem can require some weeks of careful diet and elimination of offending factors.
• High doses of the B-complex vitamins are important. They normalize and strengthen nerve function. The minerals found in nourishing food are also needed.
• Chromium and vanadium (500 mcg, 4 times a day), essential fatty acids (5 gm, 3 times a day), niacin (450 mg, 4 times a day), B1, B5, B6 (each at 5 gm, twice a day).
• Avoid the amino acids, ornithine and arginine. Some say these and choline may make symptoms worse. Others say that choline is needed. Still others say that choline should only be taken in normal amounts with other B vitamin supplements. Researchers at MIT found that choline helped reduce manic depression. So do as you think best regarding choline.
• Obtaining sufficient balanced amino acids, especially tyrosine and taurine, are important.