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Bipolar Disorder And Adderall
What to do if I have a friend who has bipolar disorder and panic disorder. Why would he be on all the above meds plus Xanax (alprazolam) and adderall?
Not knowing what he is taking, but mixing adderal and xanax (alprazolam) is lunacy.
Adderal and like meds are not only contra indicated in bipolar, and if you love your panic attacks, you are in for lot more fun. Where do you live in United States where your treatment is as you said.
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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
How does one balance both ADHD and mild bipolar disorder? Currently I am taking Abilify (aripiprazole) and Adderall and things seem to be stable for about 5 months.
Great: It sounds like you figured out the balance already! Your medications are commonly prescribed to help people with the issues you are concerned about. Continuing on your medications and talk to a therapist or your doctor if you hit any snags in the future. Help is always available! Cheers to your mental health! ...Read more
I am prescribed lithium, lamotragine, aderall, and just recently he added propanolol, for bipolar disorder?
2nd opinion helpful: As you know, balancing out the cycles of a bipolar disorder can be maddeningly tricky. So it is not uncommon for multiple meds to be ordered. Which end of the cycle-depression/mania-you are closer to now may help explain your md's approach, but I would ask about the Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (especially if closer to mania). A 2nd opinion may be helpful from a psychiatrist who also is experienced with bipolar. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more
Genetics: Bipolar disorder has been found to have some hereditary basis. This doesn't mean that there is a 100% chance that the offsoring of someone with bipolar d/o will enx up with it as well, but rather there is more likelihood as compared to the general population. I believe bipolar d/ o is now the 2nd highezt of mental d/o, being surpassed by adhd. ...Read more
Meds and therapy: Mood stabilizers such as depakote or lithium to decrease the extreme intensity of mood swings, combined with therapy from a psychotherapist who specializes in bipolar disorder would be the most optimal approach. Don't medicate yourself. Ask for appropriate referrals for help that works for YOU. ...Read more
Clinical exam: Although in the future we may have blood tests or functional MRI scans that can diagnose the disorder, for now the only way to diagnose bipolar is to see a counselor or doctor who can diagnose the condition based on history and exam. ...Read more
Could be: Sometimes individuals present with different symptoms or patterns to the disorder that may result in professionals referring to the presentation as "atypical" for example while all individuals with Bipolar Disorder have a cycle, "rapid cycling" is an atypical presentation of the disorder. ...Read more
Mania and depression: Bipolar disorder includes both depression and mania (bipolar 1) or hypo mania (bipolar 2). Bipolar depression is characterized by loss of interest, motivation, and energy, hypersomnia and hopelessness. Mania is characterized by increased energy, decreased need for sleep, grandiosity, and sometimes irritability. Hypo mania is the same as mania only to a lesser degree. ...Read more
Mood swings: Take the online mdq (mood disorder questionnaire). Mood disorder questionnaire — depression and bipolar support ... http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/mdq.pdf read how to score it on the second page. If it sounds like you, then please see a psychiatrist and take a copy of the questionnaire with you so you can review it. Take a relative along or a friend for collatral info for more exact diagnosis. ...Read more
You may know that: Bipolar disorder manifests in extreme mood swings between depression and mania/hyperactivity. Some folks are more hyper and some more depressed. The cycle can be very quick or span over days. A licensed mental health professional can diagnose and treat you. It's best to go to someone who has a lot of experience w/this. Your family doc can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Bipolar: Not taking meds regularly, drinking, drug abuse, excess caffeine, poor sleep hygiene, poor diet and lack of exercise. Sometimes antidepressant meds make bipolar worse. Usual treatment is with mood stabilizers. Antidepressants may be tried in addition is used sparingly and temporarily. ...Read more
Depression & mania: Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania. Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different from short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl. Com/c2qry8. ...Read more
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder with both extreme lows of depression (despondency, poor energy, disturbed appetite ; sleep, etc) and extreme highs of mania (high energy, impulsivity, rapid thoughts and speech, etc). It can disrupt your relationships, school, work, and entire life. Suicide is the worst possible "side effect." more info: http://tinyurl. Com/yxk92x. ...Read more
Psychiatric evaluation if you are concerned that you do. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, >>. ...Read more
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
Dextroamphetamine|racemic amphetamine is an appetite suppressant which is a kind ...Read more