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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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A friend, female 43, has bipolar disorder since 15. Medication controls this but is not curing her to be "normal". Is there any way to be normal again?

A friend, female 43, has bipolar disorder since 15. Medication controls this but is not curing her to be "normal". Is there any way to be normal again?

No, but yes: There is no "cure" for bipolar. But as you note, medication can do an excellent job of controlling the symptoms. "normality" may not be the right goal. In fact, many highly creative people have bipolar, and being "highly anything is by definition not normal, even if desirable perhaps a better goal (just imo) is satisfaction, even joy. But the best goal for her is for her to identify and pursue! ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar in an adult female.?

What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar in an adult female.?

Bipolar sx: The same as in a man: episodes of high mood which can include, decreased need for sleep, high energy, gregarious, pressure to do things, grandiose thinking (can include paranoia and delusions), extreme irritability. Episodes can last days to months. At other times severe depression occurs for days to months. Some have mixed states with high energy and depressed mood. This is a complex conditon. ...Read more

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What can women do when they get pregnant but need to be on medications for bipolar?

What can women do when they get pregnant but need to be on medications for bipolar?

Discuss!: Among the many medications that are effective treatments for bipolar, lithium is generally considered relatively safe; Depakote and tegretol not however, bipolar itself, especially during and after preganancy, is a serious condition with risks of its own. So, every woman with bipolar who is or will become pregnant should discuss the options carefully with her OB and a skilled psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have bipolar II, 47 y/o female. Anti d's make me worse. Could you discuss rapid cycling. Thanks?

I have bipolar II, 47 y/o female. Anti d's make me worse. Could you discuss rapid cycling. Thanks?

Rapid cycling is...: ...defined as four or more mood episodes of in one year. This type of bipolar is very difficult to treat, especially in a patient where antidepressants worsen the condition. The anti-epileptic drugs such as valproate or lamotrigine are often more effective than lithium, but the latter may be useful if depression symptoms are prominent. Lurasidone has shown to be effective for bipolar depression. ...Read more

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How bad is lithium for women who are pregnant? Psychiatrist advised me to take it, but guino said not to. I'm bipolar

How bad is lithium for women who are pregnant? Psychiatrist advised me to take it, but guino said not to. I'm bipolar

Lithium/pregnancy: During pregnancy listen to both your psychiatrist and obstetrician. They have different priorities. Request that they communicate. Lithium is category d. This means there is positive evidence of fetal risk. There can be serious heart issues as well as well as other postpartum health problems. The recommendation is to take lithium only if other meds not effective. Check latida-category b. ...Read more

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At age can a women get her tubes tied? I'm 25 and bipolar. I don't want to pass that on. Plus, I would have to stop taking all my pills.

Tubes to be tied: If you have a good gynecologist this is a common and safe conversation to have with them. This is also a common reason for this surgery so it will not be a surprise to your doctor. Do not be afraid to ask for this. ...Read more

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Is there a link between women who were pregnant with the flu and have babies with bipolar disease?

Is there a link between women who were pregnant with the flu and have babies with bipolar disease?

Not clear: Gestational influenza has been associated previously with schizophrenia in offspring, but the relationship between this exposure and bipolar disorder (bd) is unclear. Maternal influenza may be a risk factor for bd. Although replication is required, the findings suggest that prevention of maternal influenza during pregnancy may reduce the risk of bd.
Reference: jama psychiatry. 2013; ():1-8. ...Read more

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I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid mood swings, how long can mania last?

I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid mood swings, how long can mania last?

Get help now: If untreated, Mania may last from several days up to six months. The norm is usually more like several weeks to several months. Rapid cycling can have short duration mania. ...Read more

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I'm 26/f and grown up with an amazing mother-she is schizophrenic/bipolar, simply incredible! Woman. What field will educate me most on these dx's?

I'm 26/f and grown up with an amazing mother-she is schizophrenic/bipolar, simply incredible! Woman. What field will educate me most on these dx's?

Psychiatry: If you're considering a field to go into yourself, the one that will educate you the most on your mother's diagnoses would be psychiatry. It involves attending medical school, then doing a 4 year residency in psychiatry. Some choose to be in private practice after this, and others choose academia because they like teaching & research also. Still others pick other kinds of employed positions. ...Read more

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Hi im tess, im 40 female. Married. I have mood swings what change. I spend, alot, I get frusterated, had marrital affairs. Is this aspe or bipolar?

Hi im tess, im 40 female. Married. I have mood swings what change. I spend, alot, I get frusterated, had marrital affairs. Is this aspe or bipolar?

Mood swings: Of course we can't know without talking with you in detail, but what you describe sounds much closer to bipolar than asperger's. If you want a well-founded evaluation and helpful treatment, it's best to work with your own physician in your own community. This would seem like a good idea to me, but I don't know what you would like. ...Read more

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Any hope for a lasting relationship with a bipolar woman? A year ago I met a wonderful woman. We're in our early 60s. She told me she is bipolar and had a psychotic episode in her early 30s that required hospitalization. She's been through years of therap

Any hope for a lasting relationship with a bipolar woman? A year ago I met a wonderful woman. We're in our early 60s. She told me she is bipolar and had a psychotic episode in her early 30s that required hospitalization. She's been through years of therap

You should be fine: Yes, many bipolar people marry and stay married. If they stay on medicine and /or seek therapy for their health you are in good shape. Any illness like Bipolar is on a spectrum and cases need to be evaluated case by case. Give it time and trust your intuition. Be aware and take any precautions like knowing her doctor if that is helpful or works. ...Read more

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www. Nimh. Nih. Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index. Shtml. ...Read more

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What is bipolar?

What is bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder: Is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state.
Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis.
When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more

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Are we all bipolar?

Are we all bipolar?

No: Everyone has mood swings, but bipolar disorder is a diagnosable disorder with extreme mood swings quantitatively and qualitatively different from the norm. When terms such as depression, mania, bipolar, schizo, crazy, etc are used inappropriately or in a derogatory manner, it adds to the stigma of mental illness which may lead to failure to seek treatment, non-compliance, and even suicide. ...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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What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

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 do you treat bipolar?

How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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Bipolar is caused by what?

Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read more

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What the signs of bipolar?

What the signs of bipolar?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

EVALUATE: Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long-
lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very
energized, ill considered
and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more

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How do I know I'm bipolar?

How do I know I'm bipolar?

Get eval: 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 est ...Read more

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What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment.
There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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Have bipolar disorder a test?

Have bipolar disorder a test?

History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read more

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Do I have a bipolar disorder?

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

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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How do I know if I'm bipolar?

Psychiatric eval: Can lead to definitive diagnosis. 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, . ...Read more

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What are the signs of bipolar?

Large mood swings,: Racing thoughts, increased irritability, grandiosity, increased multi-tasking, decreased need for sleep, increased sexual acting out, irresponsible spending, and increased impulsivity. Mood stabilizing medications such as lithium work well. ...Read more

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Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Can kids get bipolar disorder?

Yes: While unusual, children can develop symptoms of bipolar disorder in childhood. While most individuals develop symptoms of bipolar
disorder in adolescence or early adulthood, a small number do get it as young as 8 years old. ...Read more

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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