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I need help! How do I know if I have bipolar disorder type 2?

I need help! How do I know if I have 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

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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I think i may have bipolar disorder type 2. How would i know for sure, without consulting a doctor?

I think i may have bipolar disorder type 2. How would i know for sure, without consulting a doctor?

Cyclothymic: Bipolar type 2 , with less severe mood swings, rapid cycling & better prognosis than manic depression. Confirming diagnosis needs face-to-face evaluation by a mental health professional. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder & bipolar type 2?

I want to know what is the difference between borderline personality disorder & bipolar type 2?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a person with bipolar type 2 disorder have psychotic features?

Is it ever that a person with bipolar type 2 disorder have psychotic features?

No, psychosis is 1: By definition, if there is psychosis associated with bipolar disorder then it is type 1. The one exception could be if the psychosis was confined to drug abuse and independent of the bipolar episode. ...Read more

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Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder: is really a spectrum. Bipolar I can have devastating sxs if not treated. Bipolar II Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Cyclothymic Disorder all have cyclic changes of mood and energy in common. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for type 2 bipolar disorder while pregnant?

Tricky...: This is a very tricky situation because most medications are not safe in pregnancy. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may need to reduce to a basic ssri with close monitoring of symptoms. Some docs will also okay ECT for very severe symptoms but this is controversial. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I've been diagnosed two days ago with bipolar disorder 2. What should I do?

I've been diagnosed two days ago with bipolar disorder 2. What should I do?

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

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Found out two of my older sisters have bipolar disorder. How do I know if I have it?

For sxs- get eval: Do you have problems with marked fluctuations of mood & energy level that causes impairment? If so, a psychological evaluation can help to determine if you have a bipolar spectrum 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. Robert Grieco
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Bipolar Ii Disorder (Definition)

Bipolar ii disorder is a mood disorder. It is characterized by a pattern of depressive episodes shifting back and forth with hypomanic episodes -- but no full-blown ...Read more