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Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Sxs: Racing thoughts and frequent mood swings might be seen with hypomania or mania related to bipolar disorder. It may be due to anxiety or an anxious depression. Certain drugs & medications can cause these symptoms. Mood swings are more prominent in some personality disorder. If you are experiencing these sxs - an comprehensive psychological assessment can help delineat the cause. Take care. ...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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Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes.: Anxious ruminations & agitated depression can certainly present with racing thoughts. I can't think of any reason why ocd might not somtimes present similarly. ...Read more

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I want to know the diffference between OCD and bipolar racing thoughts?

I want to know the diffference between OCD and bipolar racing thoughts?

Somewhat alike: Both types of thoughts can feel repetitive and intrusive. Both can also result in anxiety. However thematically very different. Obsession's are more unwanted and based in fear while manic thoughts are more grandiose and about other things. ...Read more

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I want to know the diffference between OCD racing thoughts and bipolar?

Racing thoughts: Of bipolar do not always connect and are linear going out. Ocd is characterized by circular thinking, meaning you think about the same thing over and over again, regardless of the speed of the thoughts. ...Read more

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Can racing thoughts of severe ocd often be mistaken for bipolar?

Can racing thoughts of severe ocd often be mistaken for bipolar?

Probably not.: OCD thoughts tend to repeat, recur, but not actually race. If there is racing, then it is likely that bipolar disorder is a factor. This is complicated, but not a complete surprise: the two disorders can be present, and this is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Thoughts on the effective meds for racing thoughts associated with anxiety-ocd-bipolar...Tough question..Any takers?

Thoughts on the effective meds for racing thoughts associated with anxiety-ocd-bipolar...Tough question..Any takers?

No problemo: There are probably antidepressants on board for the ocd, so in this situation i give my vote to one of two drugs i find helpful in mixed or rapid cycling states. And the winners are Invega (paliperidone) or Fanapt in my practice, preferably with tegretol or Depakote on board. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

Several to consider: If you have a bipolar type of depression, then using a 'mood stabilizer' would be the first choice, not an antidepressant. Ask your md which ones would be possible with you. ...Read more

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How can I know if i'm dealing with bipolar disorder. I always feel down and get really sad at times. I have been cutting, also thought about suicide.

How can I know if i'm dealing with bipolar disorder. I always feel down and get really sad at times. I have been cutting, also thought about suicide.

This is not...: ...Something you should have to go through by yourself; getting help from a mental health professional will do much more for you than put a label on your suffering. Tell your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder thought of as a real disease?

Help please! is bipolar disorder thought of as a real disease?

Yes: It is a real disease that afflicts many people. See the book, 'an unquiet mind' by jamison for more info on bipolar disorder. ...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


Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Racing Mind (Definition)

Racing mind is a symptom in which a person's thoughts move very fast, often jumping from one subject to another. It can be due to a psychiatric illness, drug abuse, ...Read more