Mixed manic depressive episode

What is a Mixed Manic Depressive Episode?

A mixed manic depressive episode is a type of mood disorder that is characterized by a combination of manic and depressive symptoms. People with this type of disorder often experience both highs and lows in the same day.

During a manic episode, a person feels abnormally elated and excessively energetic. During a depressive episode, the person has an extreme feeling of hopelessness. During a mixed episode, a person experiences both mania and depression at the same time, resulting in confusion and agitation.

The exact cause of a mixed manic depressive episode is unknown, however, it is believed to be related to an imbalance in hormones and neurotransmitters. Genetics and environment also play a role in the development of the disorder.

Signs and Symptoms of a Mixed Manic Depressive Episode

Symptoms of a mixed manic depressive episode can vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of a mixed manic depressive episode include:

  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Restlessness or agitation
  • Feeling both hopeless and hopeful at the same time
  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Racing thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behaviour
  • Irritability
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Periods of mania and depression

Treatment for Mixed Manic Depressive Episode

The most effective treatment for a mixed manic depressive episode is a combination of medications, talk therapy, and lifestyle changes. Medications, such as mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics, can help reduce symptoms. Talk therapy can help a person identify triggers and provide coping mechanisms for managing episodes. Additionally, a person with a mixed manic depressive episode can benefit from lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and getting adequate sleep.