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What is the difference between hormonal mood swings and having bipolar swings?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
The extremes!: Mood swings in pts. With bipolar disorder of much more profound. Hormonal mood swings are of lesser magnitude and can be treated with hormones and other drugs.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Your cycle: Hormonal mood swings typically occur the last 5-10 days of your menstral cycle and usually occur monthly. The mood swings that occur in bipolar disorder occur irrespective of where you are pin your cycle.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I know if i'm bipolar or have hormonal mood swings?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Professional eval: There are a number of different conditions that can present with mood swings. For this reason, recommend a comprehensive evaluation by either a psychiatrist or a doctoral level clinical psychologist. Self - diagnosis can be fraught with problems.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What distinguishes bipolar from just hormonal mood swings?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Severity.: Great question. There are many different causes for mood swings. The severity of symptoms & other criteria help to determine if the symptoms are in the bipolar spectrum realm. A comprhensive psychological assessment can help to sort through this.

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