She can handle that fact so well now that, as she introduced herself to people at the luncheon, she would say, ``Hello, I'm a manic-depressive
Given the enormous scientific strides that have been made over the years in the treatment of depression, people need to realize that there are options available for many suffering patients," said Tom Ricke, director of communications and constituency services for the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Association, the patient advocacy organization that commissioned the JAMA survey.
Last, a diagnostic evaluation will include a mental status examination to determine if your speech or thought patterns or memory have been affected, as often happens in the case of a depressive or manic-depressive
Individuals living with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive
illness, are misdiagnosed at an alarming rate and struggle with symptoms for an average of ten years before they are correctly diagnosed by a physician, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Association (National DMDA).
A 1987 study of manic-depressive
illness among six generations of an Amish family showed strong evidence that a single gene -- its presence inferred from two "marker" gene --carried the disorder.
Sally Field also sat on the panel because of her 1976 Emmy-winning role as the multiple-personality-plagued title character in ``Sybil'' and her highly praised recurring part this season as a manic-depressive
mother on ``ER.
The survey, conducted by the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Association, also indicates less than one-third of patients say they are very satisfied with the treatment of their disease.
A Lasker committee of scientists chose Schou for his "landmark clinical trials of lithium therapy and prophylaxis for manic-depressive
illness, which initiated a revolution in the treatment of mental illness,' according to statements released by the foundation.
The group, a chapter of the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Association, is free and open to all, and meets every Wednesday at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
Maintenance therapy prevents or diminishes the intensity of subsequent episodes of those manic-depressive
patients with a history of mania.
Banking of DNA samples from high-risk persons may lead tothe isolation and sequencing of the [X-chromosome] gene responsible for manic-depressive
illness,' they say.
West's husband, who was not in court Friday, has said she suffers from a manic-depressive
disorder which can cause her to become confrontational.