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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Overview)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression.


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What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder like?

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder like?

Varied: The symptoms vary depending on the type of bipolar disorder. There is bipolar i, bipolar ii, cyclothymia and bipolar disorder nos. Manic symptoms can include a marked increase in energy and decreased need for sleep, racing thought, rapid speech, euphoric mood, hypersexual, hyper religious, grandiose delusion, etc. Depression in bipolar disorder often looks like unipolar depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Overview)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression.


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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Main tx is mood stabilizers. Other medications are added depending on presentation, such as anxiety meds., antidepressants, antipsychotics. Also psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

Is schizoaffective disorder schizophrenia?

No: By definition, there is a difference. Schizophrenia is characterized by psychosis which is when a person experiences hallucinations and/or delusions. A mood component is not part of such a clinical picture. Schizoaffective d/o is when a person has a major mood disorder and has also had periods of psychosis during times when they had no disturbance of their mood. There's bipolar & depressed types. ...Read more

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Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Dissociation disorder vs schizophrenia?

Very different!: Schizophrenia is a chronic psychotic illness. Dissociative disorders is a very different type of escape from reality that rarely involves psychosis. Treatment is also very different. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more

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I just took a bipolar spectrum disorder and was wondering.. How does bipolar disorder affect me and the people around me and can you it be controlled?

I just took a bipolar spectrum disorder and was wondering.. How does bipolar disorder affect me and the people around me and can you it be controlled?

Don't self diagnose: I agree with dr. Cho, just want to add... Make sure that you don't diagnose yourself. Bipolar disorder is serious and needs to be treated seriously. Sometimes people think they are bipolar because they are moody or are going through something. Bipolar is different. But if you or someone you know is having trouble with moods, you can get good treatment for that as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable. ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing(description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

? Sleep Paralysis?: Although sleep disorders can co-occur w bipolar disorder, sleep paralysis isn't a diagnostic criteria for bipolar. If you are concerned that you have sxs consistent w bipolar disorder - please seek diagnostic assessment w a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. If the sleep experience isn't a 1time incident than talk with your doctor about a sleep medicine consult. A sleep study is diagnostic. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic : Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

Can major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder be cured?

All at once or: All at once, or one at a time? Those are 3 major disorders and there are many types of each of them. So the answer is yes, and no. It depends on which disorder and how much of a physiological component there is in each illness. You can not cure diabetes, but you can learn to control it. That is true of many psychological disorders as well. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Is schizoaffective disorder a psychosis?

Schizoaffective: It belongs to the schizophrenia spectrum disorders & other psychotic disorders, according to our upcoming diagnostic manual for mental illnesses. ...Read more

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Whats histrionic personality disorder?

Emotional, dramatic: Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are easily influenced by others, overly sensitive to criticism/disapproval, charming, energetic, easily frustrated, manipulative, seductive, erratic, and demanding. Talk therapy is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more