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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?
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.See 4 more doctor answers
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
^ 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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 thatSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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)
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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.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers