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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. 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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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?

A matter of degrees: Bipolar 1 requires at least one episode of mania or a mixed episode of mania/depression. Bipolar 2 means at least one hypomanic episode and multiple episodes of major depression, but no full blown manic episodes. ...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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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


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