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A 43-year-old female asked:
My mother suffered from bi-polar. could i suffer from it too? what are the symptoms and are thetreatments different to those i've had for depression?
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Dr. Pamela Pappasanswered
Psychiatry 44 years experience
You could: Bipolar disorder does have genetic links. Besides depressive episodes, a person would also have either manic or hypomanic episodes. These times are characterized by increased energy/activity; decreased need for sleep; racing thoughts; impulsivity; excessive excitement/happiness which can shift quickly to irritability; high sex drive; reckless behaviors, etc. Treatment includes mood stabilizers.
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