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Diagnosed bipolar disorder by a dyfs doc 14 days clean from opiate addiction & after losing my 2 boys. Could this be wrong?

Diagnosed bipolar disorder by a dyfs doc 14 days clean from opiate addiction & after losing my 2 boys. Could this be wrong?

Hard to dx in detox: Most times it is very difficult to diagnose a mental health condition clearly so early in recovery. Hopefully u r in a recovery treatment program + peer support groups (aa/na etc). If you stay connected to groups u can get through + then a clear diagnosis can be made. In severe dual diagnosis cases it may be apparent early. Don't let anger make u use. Get angry @ yr addiction, not u or others. ...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, 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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Have porn addiction. Cold turkey 2 weeks. Feeling mentally unstable. Have bipolar disorder on lamictal. is it Dangerous to continue cold turkeying?

Have porn addiction. Cold turkey 2 weeks. Feeling mentally unstable. Have bipolar disorder on lamictal. is it Dangerous to continue cold turkeying?

Cold turkey from: porn can be ok if you have professional guidance since you also mention bipolar disorder. Congratulations on the progress you have made. Your doc may refer you to a 12 step group for porn/sex addiction. You need someone to check in with. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

How do you test for bipolar disorder in a child?

Testing: Your child will need to have a comprehensive history taking, physical exam, and specific psychological testing that will help in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder. There may be other disorders that are present and can be established during this evaluation. ...Read more

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Have bipolar disorder a test?

Have bipolar disorder a test?

History: No lab or radiologic test, nor physical exam, can test for bipolar. Perhaps one day as there are strong indications it is a brain condition with a genetic background. But for now, it's a patient's history of modd changes, cognition and behavior that makes the diagnosis. In truth, this method works quite well, having been refined since antiquity. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the diagnostic tests for bipolar disorder ?

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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What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Thorough evaluation to include personal & family history, presenting symptoms, past medical & psychiatric history, school or work functioning, mental status exam, and battery of testing to rule in/rule out mood disorders. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test to see if you have a genetic predisposition for bipolar disorder?

Nospecific test: There is not a specific test for this. However, a strong family history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder would increase odds. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...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