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Manic Depression Treatment, Prevention and Home Remedies

Manic depression is characterized by extreme mood swings and shifts in energy. Though this is not a common problem, more than 1% of the world’s population suffers from it. In manic depression the mood of a person fluctuates between sadness and excitement. He/she may also feel sad and excited at the same time.

Treatment for Manic Depression

With a proper treatment many people who have extreme mood swing problems can get stabilized. “Mood stabilizers” is the treatment of acute occurrence of manic and depression, to prevent the relapse and reduce the frequent cycle. Therefore doctors often suggest medications for such cases.

Acute mania- A person may have to get hospitalized to prevent impulsiveness that may affect him and other as well. Lithium is the drug that is used to stabilize a person’s mood. This drug is very effective and helps in controlling and preventing its occurrence. It may take may days for a person to respond to lithium.

Other medications include: Olanzipine, quetiapine, clozapine and aripiprazole
Anticonvulsant drugs include: Oxcarbazepine, lamotrigine and valproate

Prevention of Manic Depression

Drugs like olanzapine and lithium can help in the treatment of manic depression. Other drugs like symbyax which is a combination of olanzapine and fluoxetine also help in preventing manic depression.

So far, lithium has been the only drug that can decrease the rate of manic depression. Though clozapine has anti-suicide properties, it is not prescribed for manic depression. If there is an overdose of lithium, it may be very risky, therefore a regular monitoring of blood level is required to ensure a person’s safety. A patients kidney and thyroid should be monitored on a regular basis as lithium can damage the organs of the body.

Home Remedies
To overcome manic depression one can use home remedies like:

  • In a cup of boiling water add some rose petals and sugar. Allow it to cool and then drink it whenever you are feeling depressed.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of gooseberry juice and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg powder and mix it well. This mixture should be taken three times in a day. This is one of the best home remedies for manic depression.
  • Drink three cup of licorice tea daily to prevent prevent manic depression.

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