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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


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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

What to do if I have bipolar 2 disorder, what are the odds that my children will inherit bipolar disorder?

A Chance: Children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are four to six times more likely to develop the illness compared to children who do not. ...Read more

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What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

What's the difference between gad and bipolar 2 disorder?

Different conditions: Gad is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive worry and associated symptoms such as headache, insomnia, stomach upset, etc... Bipolar disorder type ii is a disorder of mood characterized by episodes of hypomania with elevated mood, excessive energy, reduced need for sleep but preservation of usual daily function. As well as episodes of major depression with sad mood, lack of joy, insomni. ...Read more

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I want to have triple chronotherapy for bipolar 2 disorder. I am having a difficult time finding a dr who does this therapy. HELP!!!!

I want to have triple chronotherapy for bipolar 2 disorder. I am having a difficult time finding a dr who does this therapy. HELP!!!!

Complementary: Complementary therapies are usually done by alternative providers. How ever you learned about this method may give you a way to connect with a provider. I would continue any standard medications or treatments you are currently on. Tell your doctor that you are looking for this therapy. ...Read more

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I have bipolar 2 disorder. When I'm in hypomania state I always believe I'm some super genius person like Ablert Einstien. Would that be a delusion?

I have bipolar 2 disorder. When I'm in hypomania state I always believe I'm some super genius person like Ablert Einstien. Would that be a delusion?

Technically, yes: Yes, specifically a "delusion of grandeur," meaning the false idea that you're vastly more special or amazing than is rational. Delusions can also be classified as bizarre (aliens live in your basement and steal your cheese), or non-bizarre (you are an incredibly gifted singer). Were you actually seeing or hearing aliens stealing your cheese, that, rather, would be a hallucination. ...Read more

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I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?

I take Depakote for my bipolar 2 disorder will taking a mix of creatine and arginine have any side effects?

Why: Not sure why you would be taking arginine and creatine. Frolic acid and omega 3 supplementation are helpful. Any combination of medications prescribed or otc should be used with caution. Make sure you tell your doctor about all therapeutic substances you are taking so they can help monitor your mood and/or control of seizures depending on why you are taking depakote. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?

Hello, I have been prescribed carbamazepine to treat a bipolar 2 disorder. Is this sensible (i thought it was for epilepsy, ADHD or b1 disorder)?

Bipolar disorder.: Carbmazepine is also a 'mood stablizer' and it is effective in this disorder. Some times antipsychotics such as abilify, (aripiprazole) risperdol and others may need to be added. ...Read more

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Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?

Bipolar 2 disorder. Extreme anxiety bad sleep cycles. On wellbutrin, topamax, abilify, (aripiprazole) clozazepam , temazepam , zopliclone ? What now?

Options: There are other options for your bipolar 2 condition. Wellbutrin won't help anxiety, and may stimulate it in some. Topomax is not a particularly robust mood stabilizer, but does work for some (apparently not you?). Seroquel may help this, anxiety, and your sleep issues. Latuda (lurasidone) is another option. Hoping you're working with a psychiatrist as you try these various medications -- psychotherapy too! ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Could you tell me what are good jobs for people with bipolar 1 disorder.?

Could you tell me what are good jobs for people with bipolar 1 disorder.?

Self- employment: Self-employment works best so you can take time off as needed. Otherwise it depends upon your education and credentials as well as the job market. Pick a job that is interesting and enjoyable while not being too stressful. Go to bed at the same time 7 days a week and get up at the same time every day. Get exercise if you are able and eat a healthy diet. Keep a good social support group around you. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, could i possibly somehow develop personality disorder? What are signs to look out for?

I've been diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, could i possibly somehow develop personality disorder? What are signs to look out for?

Relationship problem: Hi, people with personality disorders often have a long lasting pattern of relationship problems including alternating been being extremely clingy with someone on the one hand and consistently rejecting the same person on the other. A now dated book was entitled, "i hate you, don't leave me" to describe borderline personality disorder. Consider having an evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatris. ...Read more

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Bipolar 1 disorder, my 17 yr old babygirl....I need more help 2 help her! was recently put on lamactil, is that a good med? She had bad reactions 2 a

Bipolar 1 disorder, my 17 yr old babygirl....I need more help 2 help her! was recently put on lamactil, is that a good med? She had bad reactions 2 a

Difficult situation: I'm sorry to hear of your difficult situation with your daughter's illness - it's so hard for a parent to see a child suffer. Lamictal is both an anticonvulsant and mood stabilizer, and can work well. Here's a brief video about it: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=caztmgupul0 please talk with her psychiatrist about your needing more help -- most psychiatrists want to give the best care possible. ...Read more

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What meds are good for bipolar I disorder?

What meds are good for bipolar I disorder?

Many: This is a very complex disorder that is treated with a very broad array of meds.I am "old school" and often use lithium as the basis and add atypical's like seroquel (quetiapine). You really need to have a dr following closely to manage this difficult illness.I hope you are getting treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bipolar i disorder?

Bipolar 1: 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 or substances or toxins/medications. ...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