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Adhd Or Bipolar 2
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
Sometimes: Topamax (topiramate) is one of the medications psychiatrists have used off-label (not fda approved) for bipolar and depression but it is not very effective by itself. It can help reduce anxiety and weight gain caused by other meds. I would not recommend it by itself for those problems. It can be useful for migraines, alcohol cravings and sleep. Too much can impair concentration therefore nicknamed "dopamax". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar Disorder: I feel empathy for your severe depressive moods Please see a Psychiatrist to determine whether you have bipolar disorder your type of bipolar, and the best bipolar treatment for you Seroquel treats both bipolar depression and bipolar mania. Have frequent psychotherapy to improve feelings of sadness, hopelessness, despair, resolve conflicts, for self-esteem and coping skills to deal with stressors ...Read more
How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?
Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Manic depression: "manic depressive" illness is an older term for bipolar disorder. "borderline" is a type of personality disorder -- very different problem although affective instability may be part of both. The drivers for each are different, borderline pd generally going "off" when fears of abandonment are triggered. Bipolar (manic depressive) d/o doesn't require that for a manic or depressive episode. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
My psychiatrists differ in diagnoses: bipolar II with gen. Anx disorder, ptsd plus panic - or plain vanilla depression only. Who do I believe?
Collaboration: Collaboration between providers who render care to the same patients is important for the safe practice of medicine. Ensure that your physicians/ providers have releases to discuss your case. Cement this with a verbal request that they discuss your diagnosis & your treatment plan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Agree with Dr. Ali.: In addition to the information dr ali provided - i sometime think about it in terms of how disruptive an episode was. If the person's behavior got them into a psychiatric ward ; or into jail - that is the type of intensity of symptoms that could accompany bipolar i disorder. Bipolar i is like a tv going full blast w noise. Bipolar ii would be a tv on mute or at least quietly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm affective bipolar, being for 2 months with lithium, hypothyroidism, and had 2 depressive episode. Now added valproate, is concerned if that's ok?
Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?
Can mental illness's such as bi-polar disorder, ADHD and borderline personality disorder cause a person to burnout faster than others?
If untreated...: All mental health problems can cause a person to "burn out" faster if gone untreated, especially those you listed. The above mental health problems have symptoms realted to hyperactivity and mood libility, which cause other problems such as fatigue etc (aka, burn out). I suggest one seeks proper mental health treatment for any and all mental health problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Common: Many of the difficulties associated with oppositional defiant disorder could be seen in a child with bipolar disorder. So, if a child truly has bipolar disorder, it will be best to explain the defiance and temper outbursts as part of the bipolar disorder, as opposed to using a separate diagnosis. When possible, it is always best to try to explain things with as few diagnoses as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?
"Features" only: Key word here is "features" of various personality types. The interviewer noted that you have a fixed pattern of relating to the world and others no matter what the situation (personality disorder). This apparently includes features found in several personality disorders but no definitive one stood out. Firmer delineation may come over time, but characteristics of these disorders may overlap. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)
A brain disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. ...Read more