The Treatment Of Manic Depression, Now And Then Essay, Research Paper
The Treatment of Manic Depression, Now and Then
The treatment of manic depression has changed through the years. This essay
will compare the view and treatment of manic depression in the sixties, to the view and
treatment now. The mental illness of manic depression, and it’s treatment and diagnosis,
will be explained and detailed.
Diagnosing manic depression has been a hard task for doctors. In the sixties,
rarely were people treated, or even diagnosed for manic depression. It was not until the
nineteen- seventies that Lithium, a mood stabler for manics, was introduced. Manic
depression was not easily detected. Most doctors attributed the dramatic mood swings to
puberty or the state of adolescence. Most commonly, the patient was told to snap out of
it or given some form of an anti-depressant. Many people started to self medicate in the
sixties with the various drugs that were floating around. There were medications and
treatments, but none specifically geared toward manic depression. The most common
medications were Thorazine, various tranquilizers, Meprobamate (Miltown), Librium,
and Diazepam (Valium). The most common treatment was psychotherapy or talk
therapy. If your symptoms or actions were severe, most likely you were labeled mad or
insane and institutionalized. Even if you got better the stigma of once being insane
haunted you when trying to lead a normal life.
Since the nineties, the diagnosing of mania has become increasingly easier. CT’s
and MRI scans show abnormalities and changes in brain waves to aid in diagnosis.
Mania is now treatable with Lithium, anti-convulsants, and therapeutic intervention.
There are now support groups and other help for people. Many people are still
hospitalized, but the conditions are much better. People are no longer labeled as insane.
It is an issue that many people are trying to understand. There are still those who are
ignorant, and the stigma of mental illness is still there.
Manic depression, in most cases, is treatable and people with it can live
successfully. But, we still have not erased the stigma that goes with it, as well as with
many other mental illnesses or disorders. We have come a long way! Technology in
medication and diagnosing with head scans are more accurate in targeting the problem
and fixing it. The sixties were pretty gruesome for someone with manic depression. It is
no wonder people were dying from OD’s and suicides.