A 20-year-old female asked:
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bipolar or depression? can i be bipolar with very few manic episodes? (lasting a few days to a week.) and other days very depressed.

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
34 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes: All it takes is one actual "manic episode" to qualify for a diagnosis of bipolar dis. 1week of clearly euphoric, elevated and or irritable mood, some assoc symptoms, like sleeplessness, hypersexuality, over spending are common.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Aaron Ament
58 years experience Psychiatry
YES: That sounds quite possible, but do have an expert make the diagnosis and treat the condition. There is hope for a more comfortable life.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
Dr. Daryl Tanski
Specializes in Psychiatry
Yes : Technically only one episode of mania or hypo mania is need for a diagnosis. Despite this reality is that most common symptom of bipolar disorder is depression.
Answered on Dec 14, 2017
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Agree with earlier: responses. One manic or hypomanic episode is all that is required to make diagnosis of bipolar spectrum disorder.
Answered on Aug 10, 2014

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Mania: I don't believe that we can prescribe it. Please either see your psychiatrist ASAP or if need be - go to the nearest emergency room. Take care
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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
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Probably F33.2: The number isn't as important as the person being closely monitored in psychiatric treatment with medication and therapy.
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Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Bipolar: Bipolar is manic depression, both can be manic /depressed/or mixed.
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