depressive phase

depressive phase

A phase of bipolar disorder characterised by a prolonged period of inertia, loss of self-esteem, withdrawal, sadness and a risk of suicide.

The manic phase is characterised by period of elation, hyperactivity, inflated self-esteem, distractability and insomnia; in either, there is often dependence on alcohol or substances of abuse.

Bipolar disorder appears between age 15 and 25; it affects men and women equally.
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Roughly 80% of all deaths by suicide can be attributed to a recognized mental health disorder, such as major depressive disorder, the depressive phase of bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, schizophrenia, or borderline personality disorder.
Patient share for Lamotrigine in first three lines: Lamotrigine (GlaxoSmithKline's Lamictal, generics) continues to lead other individual agents in patient share among newly diagnosed bipolar disorder patients across the first three lines of therapy, likely due to physician perception that the agent is beneficial for preventing and treating the depressive phase of bipolar disorder.
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Ex-Green Party politician Mr Kraus, who had been sectioned twice previously, may not have taken his medication for his condition which caused high and low mood swings and was in a depressive phase.
Collymore, 40, who has battled manic depression - also known as bipolar disorder - for years, first revealed on Friday he was in the grip of a fresh attack of the depressive phase.
During the depressive phase such people lose interest in life, feel worthless, guilty and become excessively pessimistic to the point of becoming suicidal.
In bipolar disorder, sometimes called manic-depressive illness, patients cycle between periods of elation and severe depression, and the depressive phase carries a high risk of suicide.
The low or depressive phase, is a totally different ball game.
Often the depressive phase comes first, with the mania experience coming some years later.
Then in December, a formulation combining olanzapine with the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), was approved for bipolar depression, the first treatment cleared for the depressive phase of the disorder.