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Is Manic Depression The Same As Bipolar Disorder?

Is Manic Depression The Same As Bipolar Disorder?

It’s a common misconception that manic depression and bipolar disorder are two entirely separate conditions. In reality, they’re one and the same thing. Bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression, is a mental illness that causes people to experience extreme fluctuations in mood.

These mood swings can range from moments of extreme happiness and increased activity, known as mania, to periods of deep sadness and despair, known as depression. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition that typically begins in adolescence or early adulthood.

It’s estimated that about 4.4 percent of the US adult population will develop this debilitating mood disorder in their lives. People with bipolar disorder often find it difficult to function in everyday life and may require ongoing treatment to keep their symptoms under control.

The Transition from Manic Depression to Bipolar Disorder

Until 1980, manic depression was the term used to refer to what is now known as bipolar disorder. However, since the name “mania” originated from ancient Greece and was used to refer to “madness,” it had a negative and potentially offensive connotation.

As a result, the name bipolar disorder was adopted to reduce the stigma and describe the disorder in a more accurate way. These changes were implemented in 1980 during the publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM III).

And while “bipolar disorder” and “manic depression” are often used interchangeably, it’s important to remember that that terminology is a sensitive matter when it comes to mental illnesses. Whether you’re speaking to someone with bipolar disorder or writing about it, it’s advisable to be mindful of how your choice of language can affect others and always use the most current terminology.

What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with a family history of bipolar disorder or other mental illnesses are at an increased risk of developing the condition themselves. Additionally, stressful life events can trigger the onset of this debilitating mental illness.

Other factors that have been implicated in the development of bipolar disorder include chemical imbalances and structural abnormalities in the brain, traumatic childhood experiences, and substance abuse.

How Is Bipolar Disorder Treated?

There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but it can be effectively managed with medication or therapy. The most common types of medication used to treat bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants.    

In addition to medication, many people with bipolar disorder find relief through therapy (both individual and group) and self-care measures such as exercise, relaxation techniques, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Education about the condition is also critical for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their loved ones. Learning about the symptoms, potential triggers, and warning signs of an impending episode can help people take steps to prevent or lessen the severity of an episode. 

Final Thoughts

Manic depression and bipolar disorder are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they refer to the same condition. However, the term bipolar disorder is preferable, as it helps reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and describes the condition more accurately.

Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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Immunity Boost Information

During periods of increased illness, whether it’s COVID, flu season, back to school, or travel, we recommend this infusion weekly.
Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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The Day After Information

If you overdid it the night before, we have the right sauce for you.

If you are planning a night out like a Bachelor/Bachelorette party, book us in advance. We will go to your hotel/resort the next morning. Your friends will thank you. Minimum of three prepaid infusions required for mobile infusions.

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Fatigue Fighter Information

The Rocket Booster is specially formulated to kick fatigue’s butt and recharge your batteries. Even our toughest fatigue cases report they feel better.

Frequency: The effects usually wear off every 3 days at first because your system is depleted. After a few rounds, most people can space the infusions out to weekly and even monthly. You can also just get a boost anytime you need that little extra.

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The Works Information

Treat yourself to The Works. The body you live in will thank you! If you are feeling rundown or just haven’t been great to yourself lately, this is the infusion for you.

This infusion is only available to someone that has gotten nutrient infusions before. Check out our Rookie infusion for first-timers.

Frequency: We recommend this infusion at least once per quarter, but you can get it weekly for the demands of life.

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Post Workout Information

This infusion combines the Road Runner with the Antioxidant Deluxe. Repairs muscles and boosts antioxidants.

Your body is your vehicle. Help it repair and get back in action faster.

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Allergy & Sinus Information

This drip is specially formulated to calm symptoms and boost a wonky immune system.

If your symptoms are severe, you can add on Benadryl for $12. You need to bring someone to drive you home though because you will be VERY SLEEPY.

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Fatigue Fighter Information

Nutrient Intravenous (IV) therapy has multiple uses. From asthma and migraines to fatigue and sports performance, Myers Cocktail might be the answer. If you are feeling rundown or just haven’t been great to yourself lately, this is the infusion for you.

Dr. Myers started it all in the 1980s. Since then, his cocktail has been infused worldwide, thousands perhaps millions of times.

Frequency: Weekly to Monthly

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