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Can one have bipolar 1 and borderline personality disorder too?

Can one have bipolar 1 and borderline personality disorder too?

Mental Health: Bipolar spectrum disorders and personality disorders (to include borderline personality) can certainly co-occur. They may also have over-lapping symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bipolar I Disorder (Definition)

Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses ...Read more


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Which med is better for bipolar 1 lamictal or seriquil? I'm on both but want to come off one.

Which med is better for bipolar 1 lamictal or seriquil? I'm on both but want to come off one.

Bipolar Disorder: See that you are receiving behavioral therapy with multiple psychiatric hospitalizations. Seroquel (quetiapine) is an atypical antipsychotic and lamictal is a mood stabilizer. Which medication was used would depend on things like how effective each were for you and your current state- manic, depressed, psychotic, etc. This will require careful selection with your psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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How are bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 different?

How are bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 different?

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 more

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What is the difference in bipolar 1 and 2?

What is the difference in bipolar 1 and 2?

Mood disorder: 'opinion not a decision'. As it sounds bipolar, it has too poles. Depression and mania. If depression is predominant then bipolar type 1. If mania is predominant then bipolar 2. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bipolar 1 and 2?

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What's the difference between bipolar 1 and 2?

Bipolar: Difference is in severity of symptoms. Type 1 is full spectrum of depression and manic episodes. Type 2 is depression with hypomanic episodes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar 1 abs and 2?

What is the difference between bipolar 1 abs and 2?

Mania vs Hypomania: Bipolar I presents with mania which is extreme mood dysregulation causing disturbance in sleep, impulsivity, racing thoughts, pressured speech, grandiosity and engaging in reckless behavior. These symptoms are so severe they last up to a week or at a minimum 3 days and require hospitalization. You are unable to function in your daily activities. In Bipolar 2 you still function and are hypomanic ...Read more

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I have bipolar 2 disorder. What's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

I have bipolar 2 disorder.  What's the difference between that and bipolar 1?

Hypo mania vs mania: Both usually have depression. Bipolar1 includes mania. Bipolar 2 includes hypo mania. Hypo mania is less severe, but still can have consequences due to impulsivity. Consequences are much more severe with mania. See my other answers for additional details. ...Read more

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Which drugs do they use to treat bipolar 1?

Bipolar tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more

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Will i be able to recover from bipolar 1 disorder?

Will i be able to recover from bipolar 1 disorder?

Depends on: What you mean by recover. With proper medication, therapy, social support, and psychoeducation (learning about your triggers, stressors, and your emotional limits), many with bipolar can live fairly normal lives. Problems arise when people with bipolar fail to realize that it is often a chronic relapsing disease and stop taking their medications (especially when they miss the manic highs). ...Read more

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Is it possible to lead a normal life if you are diagnosed bipolar 1?

Is it possible to lead a normal life if you are diagnosed bipolar 1?

Bipolar: Absolutely. Maintain a good social support system & stay in therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 1 rapid cycling can I level off, help!?

What to do if I have bipolar 1 rapid cycling can I level off, help!?

See a psychiatrist : For a reevaluation. If the mood swings are extreme you may need an adjustment to your medication. Get an evaluation. Psychotherapy may help as well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 1 have no clue what I should do for a living. Any suggestions?

What to do if I have bipolar 1 have no clue what I should do for a living. Any suggestions?

Jobs: When looking for a job, it is important to consider the stress level it will entail and if you will be able to get sufficient sleep. High amounts of stress can cause a relapse in symptoms. Having a regular sleep schedule is important to keep one's symptoms stable. Working swing shift or very long hours could adversely affect your sleep and potentially trigger an episode. ...Read more

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Please help! I have ajust been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and am kind of freaking out?

Please help! I have ajust been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and am kind of freaking out?

Bipolar Disorder: Having a serious mental health disorder is a cause for concern. But once accurately diagnosed then an effective treatment plan can be developed. Bipolar spectrum disorders are treatable. Have hope. ...Read more

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I am treated for bipolar 1. Experienced unreal feelings on and off. Today it started at around 8, it's been 11hours. Please help?

Recheck w Doctor: Tell your doctor that treats your Bipolar 1 of these new symptoms. You may need your medication adjusted. ...Read more

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What are some effective medications for bipolar 1 disorder? I have been on many over the last 6 years and am very symptomatic. I would love some feedb

What are some effective medications for bipolar 1 disorder? I have been on many over the last 6 years and am very symptomatic. I would love some feedb

Trazadone: use as a mood stabilizer in a female of reproductive age is usually a consideration. It requires a gradual dose titration ( minor drawback) Lithium rewquires monitoring of thyroid function and levels. Atypical antipsychotics are also used to stabilize mood. I'd hold off on antidepressant use initially as they can precipitate mania if not on a mood stabilizer ...Read more

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Have bipolar 1 disorder. With meds always in euthymic mood. problem is I used to be a gifted. Now Feel 2bHonest below average.please rationalize this ?

Have bipolar 1 disorder. With meds always in euthymic mood. problem is I used to be a gifted. Now Feel 2bHonest below average.please rationalize this ?

Bipolar 1 Disorder: • Commend yourself for your achievements • Do not compare yourself with others • Do not think a lot about being below average. • Focus on your Good Functioning in your daily life. • Become Captain over your symptoms, Not Victim. • See Psychiatrist for • Diagnosis at this time • Benefits and side effects of Medication you are taking • Your concerns • Therapy to cope with stress , Self-esteem ...Read more

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Im bipolar 1 but i really think I am having scitzo symts :( ! should I take lithium still. I've never adress other issue due to know health cov." help"?

You really should: Address these issues with your psychiatrist. If you have been prescribed lithium, you should take it, but the psychosis may still require a generic antipsychotic medication. See if your psychiatrist will call something in for you that will be affordable for your budget. There are many inexpensive generic antipsychotic medications out there. You need not suffer like this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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


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