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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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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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Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

Yes, almost: Officially, according to the diagnostic manual, it is possible to have schizoaffective disorder-bipolar type and borderline personality disorder-both at once. One is a problem with your mood and your thoughts called psychosis and the other has to do with how you cope with stress and the trials and tribulations of life in general. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Is borderline personality disorder inherited?

Possible: Two studies by distel et al. In 2008 found a strong genetic contribution to borderline personality dx. However, it is early in this research to be confident about such conclusions. Nonetheless, it would not surprise me if more research supported these findings, given the known genetic contribution to other disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety (gad, ptsd), bipolar dx, and adhd. ...Read more

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What is bipolar affective disorder?

Bipolar: Is a mood disorder characterized by swings from highs (mania or hypo mania) to lows (depression). ...Read more

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How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

To REALLY know: If you have bipolar disorder, talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist. A diagnosis requires a good history & evaluation of your symptoms. Symptoms include manic or hypomanic episodes (abnormally elevated mood & energy) and sometimes depressive episodes. ...Read more

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Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Is seasonal affective disorder depression?

Not by definition: It can lead to depression or aggravate an existing depression. They are considered to be two separate disorders but often coexist. It pays to treat sad early on so depression may be averted and if it occurs along with a depression it needs attention directly so depression treatment can be more effective. ...Read more

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What causes bipolar disorder?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What else could a very low lithium in blood (0.15 nmol/l) mean besides possible bipolar disorder?

Lithium Level: Lithium is an essential mineral nutrient. It's not often measured specifically except when someone with bipolar disorder is taking pharmaceutical lithium -- which has a strict therapeutic range. A low serum lithium does not automatically mean bipolar disorder, but has been associated with increased risk for suicide, homicide, & some cases of autism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11838882. ...Read more

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Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Not typically: Unipolar depression typically is talking about a major depressive disorder. Someone with bipolar disorder suffers from major depressive disorder and manic episodes. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more

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What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar: Hopefully once stabilized, u would live healthy life. ...Read more

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How does latuda (lurasidone) work in treating bipolar disorder?

How does latuda (lurasidone) work in treating bipolar disorder?

Latuda (lurasidone) : Blocks dopamine receptors. Bipolar is a chemical imbalance of too much dopamine in the central nervous system/brain. So Latuda (lurasidone) is like an umbrella that makes a downpour bearable to a sprinkle. In general this is true of all second generation antipsychotics eg Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon, and others. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology- best at this w/ illustrations!(In Amazon) ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder ?

Medication/PsychT: Medication and psychotherapy both help with bipolar disorder in different ways. Medication will help with mood fluctuations and psychotherapy will help with symptom recognition and prevention as well as establishing routine/schedule, improving sleep, coping with the diagnosis of bipolar and looking for the triggers of mood swings. ...Read more

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What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

Alternatives to meds: Medications are essential but we have discovered that many alternative treatments help too like yoga, meditation, a light box and exercise and a good diet. ...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