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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Overview)

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.


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What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder like?

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder like?

Varied: The symptoms vary depending on the type of bipolar disorder. There is bipolar i, bipolar ii, cyclothymia and bipolar disorder nos. Manic symptoms can include a marked increase in energy and decreased need for sleep, racing thought, rapid speech, euphoric mood, hypersexual, hyper religious, grandiose delusion, etc. Depression in bipolar disorder often looks like unipolar depression.

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Overview)

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.


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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Main tx is mood stabilizers. Other medications are added depending on presentation, such as anxiety meds., antidepressants, antipsychotics. Also psychotherapy.

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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: Can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health.

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I just took a bipolar spectrum disorder and was wondering. How does bipolar disorder affect me and the people around me and can you it be controlled?

I just took a bipolar spectrum disorder and was wondering. How does bipolar disorder affect me and the people around me and can you it be controlled?

Don't self diagnose: I agree with dr. Cho, just want to add... Make sure that you don't diagnose yourself. Bipolar disorder is serious and needs to be treated seriously. Sometimes people think they are bipolar because they are moody or are going through something. Bipolar is different. But if you or someone you know is having trouble with moods, you can get good treatment for that as well. Best wishes.

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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: Can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health.

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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable.

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I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing (description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing (description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?

? Sleep Paralysis?: Although sleep disorders can co-occur w bipolar disorder, sleep paralysis isn't a diagnostic criteria for bipolar. If you are concerned that you have sxs consistent w bipolar disorder - please seek diagnostic assessment w a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. If the sleep experience isn't a 1time incident than talk with your doctor about a sleep medicine consult. A sleep study is diagnostic.

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic: Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement.

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What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms.

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What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis.

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How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

To REALLY know: If you have bipolar disorder, talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist. A diagnosis requires a good history & evaluation of your symptoms. Symptoms include manic or hypomanic episodes (abnormally elevated mood & energy) and sometimes depressive episodes.

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What causes bipolar disorder?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters.

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What else could a very low lithium in blood (0.15 nmol/l) mean besides possible bipolar disorder?

Lithium Level: Lithium is an essential mineral nutrient. It's not often measured specifically except when someone with bipolar disorder is taking pharmaceutical lithium -- which has a strict therapeutic range. A low serum lithium does not automatically mean bipolar disorder, but has been associated with increased risk for suicide, homicide, & some cases of autism. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11838882.

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What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc.

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What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar: Hopefully once stabilized, u would live healthy life.

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How does latuda (lurasidone) work in treating bipolar disorder?

How does latuda (lurasidone) work in treating bipolar disorder?

Latuda (lurasidone): Blocks dopamine receptors. Bipolar is a chemical imbalance of too much dopamine in the central nervous system/brain. So Latuda (lurasidone) is like an umbrella that makes a downpour bearable to a sprinkle. In general this is true of all second generation antipsychotics eg Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon, and others. Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology- best at this w/ illustrations! (In Amazon)

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Medication/PsychT: Medication and psychotherapy both help with bipolar disorder in different ways. Medication will help with mood fluctuations and psychotherapy will help with symptom recognition and prevention as well as establishing routine/schedule, improving sleep, coping with the diagnosis of bipolar and looking for the triggers of mood swings.

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What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

Alternatives to meds: Medications are essential but we have discovered that many alternative treatments help too like yoga, meditation, a light box and exercise and a good diet.

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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