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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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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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Do I have a bipolar disorder?

Do I have a bipolar disorder?

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

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

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

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How to manage bipolar disorder?

How to manage bipolar disorder?

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

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How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

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

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What is atypical bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder : That cannot be classified into any of the mood disorder categories of dsm-v, but which clearly has manic components as necessary for the diagnosis and likely depressive components as well. Psychosis may or may not be present. A full manic or hypomanic episode has not occurred but in the clinicians judgment the condition is a mood disorder of a cyclical nature and therefore it is seen as not having full component of symptoms necessary for the full bipolar diagnosis. Of interest however is that atypical bipolar disorder is actually more common than the more classic bipolar disorder subtypes. ...Read more

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Can you consider me bipolar disorder?

See below: To diagnose someone with bipolar disorder, the person should undergo a thorough evaluation, past history, behaviors, etc. The evaluation is usually done face to face. It's impossible to say whether you have bipolar or not with the info presented. Take care. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bipolar disorder?

What are symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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 is the same as mania only to a lesser degree. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Many: Several and might include depression, mood swings, and mania. Online questionnaires are available for the public. Check the mood disorder questionnaire at: www.Dbsalliance.Org/pdfs/mdq.Pdfsimilar bring it to your md for further instructions. ...Read more

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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