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My father is characterial, controling&doesnt believe in psychiatry. Should I bring up bipolar diag or am I better off living hiding this part of me?

My father is characterial, controling&doesnt believe in psychiatry. Should I bring up bipolar diag or am I better off living hiding this part of me?

Find support: Throughout our lives it is normal to want to please our parents. Therefore we do not want to disclose anything that might lead to a rejecting response. It is important to surround yourself with supportive people. Also examine if there might be hidden motives in sharing this information with your father? I would seek out a therapist that can work out some of these issues with you. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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In psychiatry, beside the psychotherapy, how different is the treatment for borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder?

In psychiatry, beside the psychotherapy, how different is the treatment for borderline personality disorder and bipolar affective disorder?

Medications: Medications usually have a greater role in bipolar disorder, although some of the same medications (including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers) can be helpful to stabilize symptoms of borderline personality disorder, although frequently at lower doses. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar disorder. What will happen if I don't get meds or psychiatric help?

What to do if I have bipolar disorder. What will happen if I don't get meds or psychiatric help?

^ sxs: Please take this seriously. You can have permanent cognitive loss. The symptoms can worsen. You could end up engaging in behaviors that you really regret later. ...Read more

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Is it within a behavioral neurologists scope treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psych symptoms from neuro conditions?

Is it within a behavioral neurologists scope treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psych symptoms from neuro conditions?

Yes: A behavioral psychologist would have the range of knowledge to treat coexisting bipolar unless verbalized preference for a psychiatrist to handle that ...Read more

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I am supposed to see a psychiatrist to see if I am bipolar but since my dr app I keep ignoring the letters offering psychiatric help, is this bad?

I am supposed to see a psychiatrist to see if I am bipolar but since my dr app I keep ignoring the letters offering psychiatric help, is this bad?

What are your: Symptoms and are they serious enough to seek medical advice vs. Trying to do this yourself via an app?
Mental Health professionals go to school forever to be able to figure out just these kinds of problems. Its unlikely an app will be a good substitute. ...Read more

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Can behavioral neurologists legally treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psychiatric disorders arising due to neuro conditions?

Can behavioral neurologists legally treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psychiatric disorders arising due to neuro conditions?

There are no: "legal" barriers however NO physician, worth their "oath" will treat any condition that they are not fully competent to treat!!!! BTW behavioral Neurlogy and Adult Psychiatry are very common CO-SPECIALTIES (ie: physicians have passed Specialty boards for both medical specialties)
Hope this is helpful
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Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Meds & mania: While antidepressants alone can trigger mania, usually antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers are not only protective, but are the treatments for mania. Of course, I don't have the doses prescribed. Sometimes a person has a particularly severe natural mood swing and baseline meds need to be adjusted. The faster your psychiatrist knows about this, the faster she can act. Communicate asap. ...Read more

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I think I got Bipolar?

I think I got Bipolar?

See below: If you think you have any of the symptoms of a bipolar disorder, it would be good to be to get yourself evaluated by a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How would I know if I'm bipolar?

How would I know if I'm bipolar?

Mania and depression: Mania is the most distinctive feature of bipolar. Most people also have depressive episodes. Mania is characterized by impulsivity and decreased need for sleep and often increased irritability. Depression leads to decreased interest, motivation, and energy along with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and that life is not worth living or suicide. It is important to get treatment. ...Read more

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How to determine if I'm bipolar?

See a psychiatrist: Mania is the most characteristic feature of bipolar disorder, but most people also have depressive episodes. Mania leads to impulsivity and decreased need for sleep sometimes accompanied by increased irritability. Depression leads to decreased interest, motivation and energy associated with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness. And thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read more

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How could I tell if I'm bipolar?

How could I tell if I'm bipolar?

Talk to a doctor: Discuss your concerns with a physician. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme and persistent alterations in mood. The mood disorder questioner is in public domain and the results are a good conversation started between patient and doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bipolar?

What are the symptoms of bipolar?

Mania: A person may fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar d/o and have never been depressed. That is why the term: manic-depression is confusing. It may be common for those with bipolar d/o to have up and down mood swings, but the depressive part is not what defines the bipolar d/o. Rather, it is what is known as the manic state and can also be what is known as a mixed state. ...Read more

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What are typical signs of bipolar?

What are typical signs of bipolar?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more

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How to tell if someone is bipolar?

How to tell if someone is bipolar?

Mania: A person may fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar d/o and have never been depressed. That is why the term: manic-depression is confusing. It may be common for those with bipolar d/o to have up and down mood swings, but the depressive part is not what defines the bipolar d/o. Rather, it is what is known as the manic state and can also be what is known as a mixed state. ...Read more

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How to know if I'm really bipolar?

A good psychiatrist: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a careful review of current and past moods, patterns of thought and behavior. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are well trained in its diagnosis. Effective treatment requires both medication and psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for bipolar?

What are the symptoms for bipolar?

Mania and depression: The symptoms are either an unusually energized mood (mania) associated with impulsive decision making, rapid thoughts, reduced need for sleep, hyperactivity... Or a lethargic mood (depression) associated with pessimism, low energy, obessional worries and an inability to make decisions, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, etcetera. ...Read more

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How do you kjow if you are bipolar?

See more answers: This question has been answered already. If you type in "bipolar" in your "ask a doctor" box, then scroll down to "see more results", a list of over 113 questions/answers on bipolar disorder will show up. These are great answers written by multiple docs. Hope this helps! Generally bipolar is a mood disorder fluctuating over periods of time between elation and sadness. ...Read more

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How do I no if someone has bipolar?

How do I no if someone has bipolar?

Professional eval: It takes a professional evaluation to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. However, a classic case includes episodes of both mania (a 'hyper' state of excess energy, racing thoughts, & poor judgment) and depression, both lasting at least a few weeks at a time. There are other conditions that look very much like bipolar disorder, so it can be hard to tell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bipolar 2?

Hypomania: I agree with dr stuart. One thing I would add is bipolar 2 is characterized by hypomania as opposed to mania in bipolar 1. The depression may be just as severe. The difference between mania and hypomania is the degree of grandiosity and risk taking. By definition, mania includes psychosis (hallucinations, delusions) and/or hospitalization and/or legal problems. 1 lifetime manic episode = bipolar 1. ...Read more

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How would you know if you'r bipolar?

See a psychiatrist: You should not try to diagnose your own psychiatric problems, please see a professional. The fact that you are worried is plenty of cause for you to seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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How would I know if I'm truly bipolar?

How would I know if I'm truly bipolar?

Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes someone to become bipolar?

Bipolar: It is a chemical imbalance in the brain and sometimes it is hereditary. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being bipolar?

What are the symptoms of being bipolar?

Intense up and down: Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of abnormal fluctuations in one's biological rhythms resulting in manic highs characterized by decreased need for sleep, creativity and irritability or euphoric mood, followed by episodes of depression and apathy. Both states can be associated with increases in suicidality and psychosis and episodes can last anywhere from weeks to months. ...Read more

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How could I tell if someone is bipolar?

Need an evaluation: Bipolar affective disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, either depressed or manic, which persist over time and cause impairment in living day to day life. ...Read more

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What is bipolar and what are the symptoms?

What is bipolar and what are the symptoms?

Ups and downs: Bipolar disorder means you have mood dysregulation. Atleast once in your life you will experience a manic episode which is atleast one week of symptoms which include but are not limited to:rapid speech, impulsive behavior, flight of ideas, no sleep without feeling tired, in addition, you may have symptoms of major depression which includes depressed mood, lack of energy, hopelessness. ...Read more

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I feel like I'm bipolar, what should I do?

Seek a comprehensive: Evaluation from a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist. A treatment plan will be developed based on diagnosis/ assessment. ...Read more

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What triggers an episode in a bipolar person?

What triggers an episode in a bipolar person?

There are many: Potential triggers for bipolar disorder. Prescription medications are one (antidepressants, stimulants, steroids, decongestants, asthma inhalers ; antabuse) as well as caffeine ; illicit drugs. Lack of sleep, menses, head injury, ms ; infectious diseases are other causes. Psychosocial stressors may include death of loved one, divorce, loss of work, trauma ; financial problems. ...Read more

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Am I bipolar or going through something else?

You will: Need to see your dr for further evaluation and testing. If you are then there are medications to help you. ...Read more

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Please describe the symptoms of being bipolar?

Symptoms: When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, poor self >>. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

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