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Understand the difficulty faced by people with manic depression
Support research into the treatment of manic depression
Appreciate the power of lithium to cure manic depression
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I studied with a professor at a university who
was brilliant and often moody. I didn't know he
was manic-depressive until several years later,
but I wish I had. Now that I've read his account of
how he struggled with this disease - also
called bipolar disorder - I realize how wrong I
was in my responses to an old girlfriend.
When we first met, we were both about 20,
and she was so much fun. She was a brilliant
writer and incredibly articulate, full of energy,
always the life of the party. She seemed very
successful in everything she did, and, after we
broke up, I still saw her once or twice a year.
Finally, several years later, she told me that she
had started taking lithium for manic depression,
and I was appalled. No way was Sandra a
candidate for lithium - that's for severe mental
cases, I thought. I told her she was being
manipulated by her family and by a doctor who
helped them control her because they were
jealous of her special spark. She told me that
special spark had dimmed to a dismal despair
and that she needed lithium to keep herself
functional. I left the conversation feeling
disappointed that such a brilliant star had been
wasted and diminished.
My professor's story shows me that what I
couldn't hear from her is true. When he was
suffering the most from it, less was known about
the disease, so his went untreated until he was
much older than my friend Sandra. He
underwent several different kinds of
medications, some more successful than others,
and finally was able to feel stable after many
adjustments. But still, his biochemistry changes
and he has to alter the lithium dose that mostly
lets him live, so he never claims to be cured
from this disease.
Chronic mental illnesses like this one make
life a difficult struggle both for the person
suffering from it and for his or her family
members. But manic depression requires
medication to keep the patient from cycling in
and out of suicidal states of depression. The
struggle to find the right medication, adjust to it,
and have it adjusted is an intricate one that
requires understanding from one's community.
None of this is helped by a friend who denies the
severity of the person's distress.
need help asap!!!!
. the difficulty of manic depression cannot be overstated.
b. Research into manic depression/bipolar disorder is needed. Especially is self help and non-pharmaceutical methods of controlling symptoms need to be researched. There is an overemphasis on pharmaceutical treatments for children and adults.
c. Lithium's positive effects work for some people but not all. Also, the positive effects of lithium often do not last over a long period of time. Sometimes, within a year or two, their benefits wear off, and a new method needs to be experimented with.
The side effects of lithium can include emotional bluntness or dullness, not feeling yourself, feeling (emotionally) dead inside. This is very distressing for some who are on lithium. Lithium is a powerful mood altering drug.