Manic depression involves episodes of serious mania and depression. These are some of the symptoms of mania:
* Increased energy, restlessness and rapid talking.
* Decreased need for sleep.
* Extreme irritability.
* Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine and alcohol.
* Obnoxious behavior.
In a person's depressed cycle, symptoms may include:
* Feelings of emptiness.
* Loss of energy.
* Sleep disruption.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Restlessness or irritability.
There are several organizations that offer information on manic depression and its treatment.
Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association Inc., founded in 1986 at Johns Hopkins. Call (410) 955-4647.
National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, 730 N. Franklin St., Suite 501, Chicago, Ill. 60610. Call (800) 826-3632.
National Mental Health Association, 1021 Prince St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. Call (703) 684-7722.
National Institute of Mental Health (Depression Awareness, Recognition and Treatment Program), 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-85, Rockville 20857. Call (301) 443-4140.