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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. 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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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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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

The depression is more serious than the manic phase. ...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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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Tip)

Living with Manic Depressive Disorder

Manic episodes can last for days to weeks. ...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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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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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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