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Can regular depression meds help stabilize bi polar mood swings?

Can regular depression meds help stabilize bi polar mood swings?

VERY DANGEROUS: No, they do not. They can actually send you right into a manic episode. ...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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bipolar definition: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed when an individual has episodes of depression and mood elevations ( episodes of mania or hypomania). Mood elevations include symptoms of elevated self esteem, high energy, decreased need to sleep, rapid speech, racing thoughts and out of character behaviors. Mood swings can be seen with many disorders, personality traits or stress. ...Read more

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I have had mood swings n bi polar, which is best lithium or tegretol?

Possibly Lithium: Lithium seems to be more effective overall. But some people don't respond to lithium and do respond to tegretol or other mood stabilizers. Also some people need to use a different medication due to side effects. The type of mood cycles that you have may help your doctor determine the medication that is most likely to work for you. ...Read more

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My wife is pregnant, and is bi-polar. She is off her meds. She is having heavy mood swings. What can I do to help her?

My wife is pregnant, and is bi-polar. She is off her meds. She is having heavy mood swings. What can I do to help her?

Your wife: You can support your wife as you are doing, but she also needs help from her OB and her psychiatrist working as a team here. There are both risks & benefits to maintaining meds for bipolar throughout pregnancy -- a healthy mom is essential for maternal-infant bonding, & meds may be essential for your wife. Please alert her doctors to what you're seeing, so that she receives the help she needs. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

Bipolar: Not just mood swings. It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care. ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, quickening of mood swings?

Options: Lithium, certain anticonvulsants (valproic acid, carbamazepine, lamotragine, ) and second generation antipsychotics (risperidone, quetiapine, Aripiprazole and others) meet the definitions of what may be considered a "mood stabilizer" and all can offer effective treatment. ...Read more

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Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Sxs: Racing thoughts and frequent mood swings might be seen with hypomania or mania related to bipolar disorder. It may be due to anxiety or an anxious depression. Certain drugs & medications can cause these symptoms. Mood swings are more prominent in some personality disorder. If you are experiencing these sxs - an comprehensive psychological assessment can help delineat the cause. Take care. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

Weigh risks/benefits: It's important to weigh risks and benefits both of the medication and of untreated bipolar disorder on the unborn child. This is a question that is best answered by a psychiatrist who is familiar with you. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder? I feel like i do.

Unlikely: I believe you are referring to a cyst in the cerebellum. In severe cases, usually in children, there are problems with muscle movement, coordination. Mood disorder, such as depression/bipolar, is not thought to be caused by the cerebellar malformation in dandy walker syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Emotional Instability (Definition)

Emotional instability is a clinical finding in which a person's mood either varies significantly over time between various emotions or a person frequently experiences a strong emotion like ...Read more