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Medication the usual treatment for manic depression is the drug lithium carbonate, which controls the condition but isn't a cure.
The Fellowship works to enable people affected by manic depression to take control of their lives.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than two million American adults have manic depression.
However, research has shown that the manic depression does tend to occur more frequently within families that have shown a history of mental illness.
Most people who suffer from manic depression take prescription mood stabilizers as well as medications for insomnia, anxiety, or agitation.