A 41-year-old member asked:
if you have bipolar illness do you see a psychiatrist or a psychologist?
4 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Psychiatrist/both: A psychiatrist has the medical training to allow medication prescribing which is necessary for most bipolar pts. Psychologists can provide excellent adjunctive psychotherapy which can help you to learn better coping skills and overcome bad habits.
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Both. Psychologist for counseling. Psychiatrist for medication management/psychotherapy.
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
Added comment : You may also want to be in a support group or in group therapy. Help from your fellow patients can be an additional therapeutic step.
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Eval: Get a full psychiatric evaluation for bipolar disorder. If bipolar disorder is found, then medications, typically mood stabilizers will be prescribed. Therapy is also strongly indicated. If The evaluation is negative for bipolar disorder, medication still may be needed. In that case therapy is also strongly indicated.
A 33-year-old member asked:
What are the symptoms a psychologist looks for to diagnose someone with bipolar?
4 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Bipolar sx: Unstable mood, at times, happy, energetic, outgoing, ideas flow ++ followed by episodes of depression, no energy, isolation, no pep to do anything, irritable, crying. A person can be happy and even euphoric for days or even weeks then drop severely depressed for weeks of months and can be suicidal. Sx varied tremendously between fast cyclers to very slow cyclers. Anxiety can be much more severe.
A 43-year-old member asked:
My friend has bipolar disorder, is there a way to treat it without going to a psychologist?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Psychiatrist: Those who want to avoid counseling as with a psychologist can go to a psychiatrist to see if medication can address bipolar disorder. That's a good idea even when seeing a psychologist.
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