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What is the difference between bipolar type 2 vs borderline personality disorder?

What is the difference between bipolar type 2 vs borderline personality disorder?

Mood swing duration: The two conditions have a lot of overlap although the more important distinctions are that bipolar disorder type two would imply that the patient will have changes in mood that would last weeks including either hypomania or depressed mood as opposed to changes in mood in the same day. Additionally, patients with borderline personality disorder are excessively reactive to closeness or abandonment. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder: is really a spectrum. Bipolar I can have devastating sxs if not treated. Bipolar II Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Cyclothymic Disorder all have cyclic changes of mood and energy in common. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed two days ago with bipolar disorder 2. What should I do?

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Doctor and family: Use your doctor and engage your family and friends. Keep people who care about you and your doctor in the loop. The best thing to do is to work as a team. Your success will come sooner if you accept help from others. Your doctor can help with medication choice. Family and friends can help you stay on track and give you feedback when you are deviating from the path. Diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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Found out two of my older sisters have bipolar disorder. How do I know if I have it?

Found out two of my older sisters have bipolar disorder. How do I know if I have it?

For sxs- get eval: Do you have problems with marked fluctuations of mood & energy level that causes impairment? If so, a psychological evaluation can help to determine if you have a bipolar spectrum disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mild bipolar hypomania and feeling of falling in love? And which of those two experiences is generally more intense?

What is the difference between mild bipolar hypomania and feeling of falling in love? And which of those two experiences is generally more intense?

Love vs Falling: It's a bit cynical, but some would say they might be indistinguishable. And, especially if you limit it to mild hypomania - falling in love might be the winner in an intensity competition. Really, there is something a bit crazy about how we feel at that time (i've been helpless in its' grip). A difference could be that some mbph folk could be a bit irritable, not delightful. Loving's different. ...Read more

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Can a child get bipolar disorder by having two psychologically different parents?

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Not usually: Having very different parents by itself is not a risk factor and can even be considered positive.However its all in the delivery. The match between the parental personalities and yours is crucial. Its long been argued that giving mixed messages, putting children in binds of allsorts and a nnegative environment can contribute. Great questions to explore in therapy. ...Read more

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Two family cancer caregivers are going to go head to head in an argument. Both are bipolar personalities. Any advice to give them?

Two family cancer caregivers are going to go head to head in an argument. Both are bipolar personalities. Any advice to give them?

No: But you can make sure the cancer patient has an advocate to intervene. You can tell them to put their concerns and wishes in writing and have an independent third party read what they have written and make decisions that they will accept. In all things put the best interest of the patient ahead of any other interests. If the patient is in the hospital, enlist the support of the hospital staff. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient(schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient(schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Considered one: It is currently considered one disorder. I find the diagnosis to be used as somewhat of a 'catchall' category professionally. I usually try to refine this diagnosis in my work with people. ...Read more

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Will cognitive behavior therapy helps against bipolar type two, and how far.

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Will cognitive behavior therapy helps against bipolar type two, and how far.

CBT: Worth the effort. Can take months, but depends on your investment in tx. ...Read more

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Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14 years will that make my bipolar worst?

Iv had two brain tumour s removed in 14  years will that make my bipolar worst?

Not necessarily: It all depends upon what kinds of tumors, what size, and which locations. Since bipolar doesn't come from "one spot" in the brain, you're most likely to be ok. ...Read more

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Why do psychiatrists start pts on lamictal & not on trileptal for bipolar? What are the main differences btw the two as they’re both anticonvulsants?

Why do psychiatrists start pts on lamictal & not on trileptal for bipolar?  What are the main differences btw the two as they’re both anticonvulsants?

LTB better: Lamotrigene has been studied in bipolar 1, 2 depression and unlike Oxcarbamezapine-Trileptal, it has shown benefit. The drugs work differently, OXC blocks sodium channels and LTG additionally blocks glutamate which is an excitatory brain signal from the frontal cortex to the basal ganglia. This seems to impact mood and rumination. OXC has more use for anxiety and with juvenille bipolar clinicaly ...Read more

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Daughter was diagnosed with bipolar 2. Two weeks ago. She is 12.She was put on 5mg Abilify (aripiprazole) 10mg of Prozac at bedtime. Are these a good mix.

Daughter was diagnosed with bipolar 2. Two weeks ago. She is 12.She was put on 5mg Abilify (aripiprazole) 10mg of Prozac at bedtime. Are these a good mix.

Caution, w/ this mix: Antipsychotics can be life saving medications that give a person the ability to work and function in society. If you have a full blown mania it is essential that you try multiple antipsychotics before giving up. Abilify (aripiprazole) is often effective. Prozac can be used but you must watch for increase mania and production of rapid cycling. Also danger of increase suicidal risk prozac/ssris-in bipolar 2. ...Read more

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I took two pregnancy tests, positive and the one indicated 1-2 weeks. I am currently on Bipolar medication - is this safe? I will see a doc asap

I took two pregnancy tests, positive and the one indicated 1-2 weeks. I am currently on Bipolar medication - is this safe? I will see a doc asap

Obgyn Psych evalatio: Your Obgyn and Psychiatrist will need to work together to manage your bipolar disorder and determine which medications best control you bipolar and balance that with the theoretical risk of fetal medication exposure ...Read more

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I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

I was just recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I also have bipolar ptsd OCD and add.what am i to do i have two docs but im scared?

Fear not! - try CBT: From your query, it is clear that you are often very distressed and both you and those close to you suffer. It's not the # of docs, but your work-relshp w/ them that will help. Personality Dxs are NOT an additional 'illness' - merely a description. In fact, this must be said of other psych Dxs to a degree. Rather than labels, work to manage behavior/feelings/thoughts thru CBT skills. Best! ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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