Manic Depression Causes


While manic depression causes are not precisely known, neurochemical, genetic and surrounding factors have all been associated with the condition. In fact, all three and likely a number of other factors ultimately play a role of some sort in the development and eventual worsening of manic depression.

In order to pinpoint the potential manic depression causes, though, researchers have noted several important hints that may eventually lead the way in identifying the specific manic depression causes.

The biggest of these is the notion that manic depression tends to be familial. To this point, nearly half of the people suffering from it tend to have another member of their same family who is experiencing some sort of mood disorder, even if not manic depression specifically. Further, a person who has one parent with manic depression has a 15 to 25 percent likelihood of developing it as well, many studies indicate. In fact, based on studies conducted on adopted twins, the familial nature of manic depression has been all but confirmed by researchers in recent years.

Also, because manic depression is essentially a biological disorder, it would be logical to assume that something goes wrong with particular areas of the brain when it occurs. Thus, it can be deduced that specific chemical messengers or something of the sort, don’t work as they should en route to the triggering of this condition. The ultimate result, obviously, is the subsequent manic depression.

Finally, even though it’s largely accepted that manic depression causes are some form of a biological disorder, it’s also acknowledged that environmental factors of some sort may also play a role. Specific occurrences may serve as “switches” which ultimately change the moods or genetic dispositions for someone prone to manic depression, setting off the inherent biological triggers that may have otherwise never have gone off. And even though substance abuse -- like drugs or alcohol -- has never been considered manic depression causes, the abuse of one or both can go a long way in hindering someone trying to cope with the disorder.

All in all, while the exact manic depression causes remain unknown, the warning signs are not. So, even though the disorder cannot be prevented before it starts, it can be treated almost immediately upon diagnosis. However, because symptoms of manic depression can worsen over time without treatment or if handled wrongly, it’s important to seek out treatment as soon as it’s suspected that you, or someone you know, is suffering from it.


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