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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...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


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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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Bipolar disorder in adults (Tip)

How do I deal with the extreme highs and lows of my emotional state? ...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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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable. ...Read more

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Someone in my circle shows signs of a bipolar disorder and is on somekind of medication but wishes to keep it a secret from family and friends. ?

Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends can be supportive and suggest treatment if they have concerns, but respect a person's right to privacy, . If you are concerned about danger to self or others call 911. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder in adults (Tip)

If you are feeling "high" on your mood, pls check in with your doc asap ; avoid acting on impulse. ...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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What causes bipolar disorder?

What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment. There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. What does this mean?

My sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. What does this mean?

It means: She needs your love and support. Bipolar is a mood disorder characterized by mood swings from depression to mania (too much energy and euphoric mood). Both moods are dangerous! she needs you to help her get the treatment she needs to have stability in her life. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder in adults (Tip)

Keep a daily mood journal where you log your symptoms and severity—over time you'll see patterns. ...See more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
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Meet with a psychologist
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Join Spec ED Parents Organization
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What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder ?

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder ?

Medication/PsychT: Medication and psychotherapy both help with bipolar disorder in different ways. Medication will help with mood fluctuations and psychotherapy will help with symptom recognition and prevention as well as establishing routine/schedule, improving sleep, coping with the diagnosis of bipolar and looking for the triggers of mood swings. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

Alternatives to meds: Medications are essential but we have discovered that many alternative treatments help too like yoga, meditation, a light box and exercise and a good diet. ...Read more

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I might have bipolar disorder. What are some symptoms of it and what do to get rid of the down side and keep the happy?

I might have bipolar disorder. What are some symptoms of it and what do to get rid of the down side and keep the happy?

No luck charlie: Sorry every surfer must crash against the shore. The higher the highs, the lower the lows. They are part and parcel of the same disorder. Preventing the highs prevents the lows for the most part. As someone ages untreated the highs get fewer and the lows longer. This is why early treatment is so important. Good treatment keeps you happy but not high. ...Read more

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How is fanapt (iloperidone) tablets to be used for bipolar disorder?

How is fanapt (iloperidone) tablets to be used for bipolar disorder?

Schiz & BPD : Fanapt (iloperidone) has been used to treat mood swings associated with Bipolar Disorder. It decreases emotional reactivity so that the pt. is able to perform well at work--with less anxiety and with fewer hypomanic episodes and less intense episodes.. Fanapt (iloperidone) has been predominantly approved for txmt. of schiz. & psychosis. ...Read more

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Are there different forms of severity in bipolar disorder? And can it be genetic?

Are there different forms of severity in bipolar disorder?  And can it be genetic?

Yes, there are: Different forms and severity, and even cycling speed, of bipolar disorder. Some folks are more manic and some more depressed. While we are making strides w/neuroscience, we don't know the exact cause and why some folks have more pronounced symptoms than others. Peace and good health. ...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, ...Read more