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What tips do you have for improving mental health if I have depression and bipolar disorder?

What tips do you have for improving mental health if I have depression and bipolar disorder?

Eval and therapy: Get a full psychiatric evaluation first to determine the severity of symptoms and whether or not meds are warranted, then find a reputable psychotherapist to explore what depression and bipolar disorder mean to you, how they impact you, their history, and how these symptoms and/or any others can be better dealt with. ...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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What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

Multiple Problems: Bipolar disorder in children usually includes high levels of hyperactivity along with severe problems related to the mood. There may be dramatic and inpredictable mood swings, or there may be a mixture of depression with irritability or euphoria occurring within short periods of time. Impulsivity is frequently present with severe behavior problems. Temper outbursts and aggression may occur. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder: does change of environment affect the behavior of a person?

Possibly: People with bipolar disorder may be more sensitive to change. However, the actual episodes of depression or mania are not necessarily triggered by anything. It is always best to get appropriate treatment to maintain a more stable lifestyle. ...Read more

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Can the behavior of someone who's chemically sensitive mimic that of someone with a bipolar disorder?

Can the behavior of someone who's chemically sensitive mimic that of someone with a bipolar disorder?

Well...: I am not sure there is enough of a consensus on what chemical sensitivity represents to state that it can mimic bipolar disorder. There certainly seems to be a frequent co-occurrence between those with chemical sensitivity and psychiatric conditions. As there appears to be no clear cause or remedy for chemical sensitivities, see a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment of the bipolar symptoms. ...Read more

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What health practitioners treat bipolar disorder?

What health practitioners treat bipolar disorder?

Many : Psychologist, psychiatrist, family doctor, neurologist, neurodevelopmental physician. Usually, the treatement is done through a team approach, using as many resources as are available in the patient's community. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have impulsive/spontaneous behavior when you have bipolar disorder?

Is it unusual to have impulsive/spontaneous behavior when you have bipolar disorder?

Yes: Not always, but increased risk taking and impulsive behavior can be an early sign of bipolar illness, particularly mania. It can also be a trigger or early sign of addiction as well, be it sex addiction or gambling, etc. ...Read more

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How effective is cognitive behavioral therapy for treating bipolar disorder?

One Part of Solution: CBT can be a very effective approach to modifying responses to thoughts that undermine mood stability, perceptions of others, and our behavioral responses to mood changes. However management of bipolar symptoms may be more effective when CBT is combined with appropriate medication to help smooth out the biological fluctuations underlying that disorder. Consider both CBT and psychiatry consults. ...Read more

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How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

It can't : CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions ( like complex PTSD ) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications . The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy ( along with CBT ) ...Read more

Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...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