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Why did I use alcohol to deal with my bipolar disease before I was diagnosed

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Soto
26 years experience Psychiatry
Depends: In many cases, people diagnosed with bipolar disorder use alcohol as the only drug that can get them to sleep outside of formal medications. Alcohol ... Read More
Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
Self medication : Folks with bipolar disorders use easily available drugs to self medicate. The "big three" are nicotine, alcohol, & marijuana. Unfortunately, these d ... Read More
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Causes: Alcohols sedative properties can offer momentary but not sustained relief from the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Substance use including alcohol i ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
No: If you are known to have bipolar disorder there are effective medicines for that and you should be taking them. Not only are you screwing up things fo ... Read More
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
25 years experience Clinical Psychology
Bipolar: Mixing alcohol with Bipolar Disorder, on or off meds, is not a good idea ever. But Bipolar Disorder, carefully managed with a good Psychiatrist and Ps ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lincoln Bickford
15 years experience Psychiatry
Either is possible: Substances including alcohol can cause severe mood symptoms that can mimic depression or bipolar disorder. However, many people with mood disorders s ... Read More
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Dr. Gehrig Harris
17 years experience Family Medicine
Bipolar and alcohol: You would be a tough patient to diagnose because although alcohol abuse can look exactly like bipolar disorder, it is very common for bipolar persons ... Read More
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Dr. James Rotchford
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
Common dilemma: The other answers are good in that they confirm a common clinical dilemma. My answer is to avoid dilemmas, abstain from alcohol, get professional ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Interactions: Although the Drugs.Com drug interaction checker only refers to minor but unspecified interactions between Seroquel & alcohol- I would recommend a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Samuel Bayles
19 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes: there can be seasonal patterns. keep a mood log (examples online) and overtime you can notice symptoms, changes and triggers that can help stop or min ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Passer
35 years experience Child Psychiatry
Makes them worse: For many or even most people suffering from bipolar disorder, the combination of alcohol and their manic state is like dynamite. Alcohol almost always ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Bey
57 years experience Psychiatry
My opinion: There r many but in my experience it is difficult to get the meds right 2 control the symptoms & be tolerable for the patient--why throw in unnecessar ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
Unstable mood & more: If you're bipolar, mixing your medications with alcohol is like pouring gasoline on a fire. You can destabilize your sleep cycle and mood. You can o ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Qusai Bharmal
19 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Moderation helps: Risperidone is an antipsychotic with minimal sedative properties. Alcohol can add to sedation. Also, drinking more than recommended quantities could w ... Read More

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