Manic Depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a condition that is marked by bouts of depressive episodes and manic episodes. There are many variants of manic depression, where each cycle may differ in frequency, length, and intensity. However, the common denominator is emotional dysregulation.
Is medication necessary?
Emotions are regulated by a healthy equilibrium of neurotransmitters in the brain. When these neurotransmitters lean to either side of this equilibrium , this results in an aroused or depressed mood. Often, mood stabilizers such as lithium is used as a means to ease the shift from either side of the neurotransmitter equilibrium.
Not every individual with bipolar disorder needs medication. Your psychologist can make the evaluation and assess the best treatment option for you; i.e., pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy (CBT and mindfulness) or combined treatment. Proper referral will be made should your psychologist recommend pharmacotherapy. Our Montreal psychologists are qualified experts in CBT and mindfulness and can help individuals with manic depression regain control over their lives and prosper, by simply calling 1-855-382-2482.