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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. 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 elevations are called hypomania.


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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
1,717 doctors shared insights

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. 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 elevations are called hypomania.


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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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. ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

The depression is more serious than the manic phase. ...See more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Can you tell me the diagnostic tests for bipolar disorder ?

No particular test: There is no one particular test for bipolar disorder. The diagnosis is made by taking a detailed symptom history from you and sometimes establishing the presence of other signs as well, and ruling out any other medical conditions that may be contributing to the symptoms. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

Manic episodes can last for days to weeks. ...See more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
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Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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