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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.

They include:

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.

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