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Bipolar Disorder Type 2
See a Dr: Schedule a visit with a psychiatrist or psychologist to review signs and symptoms. If the disorder is present, treatment options are available. ...Read more
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
I think i may have bipolar disorder type 2. How would i know for sure, without consulting a doctor?
I have bipolar disorder type 2 will it worsen or effect me if i smoke marijuana? I'm a 18 year old male and i take lithium 900ml and zyprexa 5ml for my medication and i was wondering, if i smoke medical marijuana, would it do a bad effect on me or will it
Yes: Bipolar appears to be mediated by multiple neurotransmitter systems in the brain, in particular serotonin. Therefore, when people with bipolar (1 or 2) take antidepressants it can provoke outright mania. Thc has a similar effect (among others) and also provokes a paranoid response. Your brain is a delicate mechanism--when manic, it's an untuned ferrari. Don't throw a wrench into the pistons! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have type 2 bipolar disorder and its been unbearable. I'm either depressed or i'm so hyper i'm fighting my brain to calm down. I have no insurance for medicines. What shouldi do?
There are options: This is a great question. There are older, effective medications for bipolar disorder that are much less expensive than the newer ones. Lithium is one example. Alternatively, many pharmaceutical companies have programs to help with the cost of medications that are based on income. Finally, some doctors or clinics have free samples of medications please ask your doctor about these alternatives. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Doctor and family: Use your doctor and engage your family and friends. Keep people who care about you and your doctor in the loop. The best thing to do is to work as a team. Your success will come sooner if you accept help from others. Your doctor can help with medication choice. Family and friends can help you stay on track and give you feedback when you are deviating from the path. Diagnosis is first step. ...Read more
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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