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I am experiencing mania and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

I am experiencing mania and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

Mania: I am not sure what your question is. However, if you are experiencing uncontrolled mania, it is very important for you to see your psychotropic medication provider as soon as possible. It is very important that this come under control. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What medication is prescribed to bipolar disorder/manic depression? What are the effects of the medication? How does it make you better?

What medication is prescribed to bipolar disorder/manic depression? What are the effects of the medication? How does it make you better?

Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. For individual med > ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Bipolar disorder (manic depression) (Tip)

Medication can make the depression feel better, so you don't feel so low when you have it. ...See more

Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?

Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?

That is not quite: How it works. A person with bipolar disorder has periods of markedly ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, elated or irritable mood as well as separate periods of low mood & energy. (a mixed state is also possible).However, I have seen bipolar individuals who over the years, developed one long, chronic depressive episode. Their manic or hypomanic episodes can sort of die out over time. But it is still >>. ...Read more

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Does it sound like i'm suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression)? I often have sudden, and random shifts in my mood. Sometimes i'm fine, sometimes i'm absolutely irritable and just angry at the world. Then there are times that I am so ridiculousl

Does it sound like i'm suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression)? I often have sudden, and random shifts in my mood. Sometimes i'm fine, sometimes i'm absolutely irritable and just angry at the world. Then there are times that I am so ridiculousl

Hello, : Hello, dr. Kardener made good points. I don't know if you have bipolar disorder. Your symptoms could be consistent with bipolar disorder but borderline personality disorder or unipolar agitated depression can present similarly. The recommendation for a mood stabilizer is spot on. I agree with a referral to a psychiatrist if you are not already seeing one. Unless you see a psychiatrist who also does therapy; would recommend that you also work with a therapist. With the right treatment, would anticipate that you will start seeing improvment. If you are seriously contemplating suicide please get help right away. Having a plan or urges to follow through on it should definately prompt immediate care. Take care and don't give up hope. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder (manic depression) (Tip)

The depression is more serious than the manic phase. ...See more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
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Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

It's the old name: By definition and according to what is called the diagnostic manual, a person may fulfill the criteria for bipolar disorder and never been depressed a day in their lives. That is why "manic-depression, " is the old name and is confusing. A person may have only ever had a manic episode (or a mixed episode), but still be considered as having bipolar disorder. Many with bipolar d/o do have depression. ...Read more

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What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

What are the differences between bipolar disorder and manic depression?

The decade's DSM: About a century ago it all began and much is the same, but for boundary lines. Few use the M-D term now but otherwise the differences are hard to lock in. Some BPs only show depression, but varying sorts of elevated periods can be there and they can be just very active or irritably violent. Extremely intense episodes come close to, or are, a psychosis. Good treatment (Therapy+) really helps. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder (manic depression) (Tip)

Abraham lincoln was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Nothing is beyond your reach with perseverance. ...See more

Dr. Vikas Duvvuri Dr. Duvvuri
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Treating Mania (Checklist)

Track your moods using a mood graph
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Identify your lows and highs
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Try to match your behaviors to your mood
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Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

Is topomax used for mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder?

4 VERY mild Bipolar: Topomax (topiramate) is a very mild mood stabilizer, which for most people is not strong/effective enough to treat mania or depression itself, but it can decrease mild mood swings, irritability, and excessive hunger/binge urges. ...Read more

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid Dr. Sajid
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Bipolar disorder (manic depression) (Tip)

Triggering factors leading to an episode? Symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression? When to call md? ...See more

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Overcoming Mild Depression (Checklist)

Discuss your symptoms with your doctor, and seek help
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Ask for a counseling referral
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Ask a professional whether you would benefit from medications
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Exercise daily, and if you are having trouble, start slowly with a daily walk
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For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

Good reasons: Here is a complete answer to your question: http://bipolar.About.Com/od/definingbipolardisorder/a/manic_depression_changes_names.Htm. Manic – depression was used to describe many types of conditions, not just those falling under the bipolar spectrum disorder umbrella. It was a stigmatizing label. The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorders are sharply defined & the term is less pejorative. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder (manic depression) (Tip)

If you had at least one depressive episode in the past, you are at risk for another. Get help now. ...See more

Dr. Robert Grieco Dr. Grieco
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Living with Major Depression (Checklist)

Keep close to your family and friends
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See your counselor, and make sure to follow his or her advice and treatment plan
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Start a journal, and write prayers, feelings, poems, or doodles
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Call your doctor if you experience self-harming thoughts or suicidal thoughts
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Dr. Arnold Licht
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Somatoform Disorder (Definition)

Somatoform disorders are a group of conditions wherein individuals unconsciously manifest psychological &/or physical symptoms typically in the setting of an underlying conflict (usually outside their conscious awareness). These conditions include, but are not limited to, conversion disorders, somatization disorder, pain disorder, etc. It is important to avoid iatrogenic ...Read more


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Factitious Disorder (Definition)

Factitious disorder is a condition wherein individuals intentionally produces psychological and/or physical signs and symptoms to assume a "sick role" (eg "primary" gain). This in contrast to both 1. Malingering wherein individuals intentionally produces symptoms to receive secondary gain & 2. Somatoform disorders wherein symptoms are unconsciously manifested. In practice, ...Read more