Can A Manic-depressive Personality Ever Become Physically And Potentially Harmful & Dangerous, Toward A Primary Care-giver?


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Unfortunately, yes. Manic Depression is now called Bi-Polar IIllness; this mental health condition is very serious and must be well-treated by a psychiatrist. As long as the patient is receiving appropriate medication he/she can live a normal life, and be a danger to no one.

However, some of the medications used to treat Bi-Polar conditions have unpleasant side effects. Lithium for example, is a drug of choice in treating this illness. Lithium is not really a medication; it is a naturally occurring organic salt. Although Lithium is an excellent treatment in mood stabilization, it can cause confusion, extreme sedation, drooling, and disorientation. When this happens, the psychiatrist usually lowers the dose. Along with Lithium, the patient receives and anti-depressant medication.

If a person with Bi-Polar illness is unmedicated, and goes into a manic state, he/she can become very paranoid and feel like the caretaker is trying to harm them. This is a form of manic psychosis. The patient feels as if, to be safe, he/she must harm the caretaker who is trying to harm him/her. This may sound confusing and it is! People in manic states must be treated medically or they can be a danger to themselves and others.

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