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What's the doctor's recommendation to help my beautiful girlfriend who has bipolar disorder with psychotic features?

What's the doctor's recommendation to help my beautiful girlfriend who has bipolar disorder with psychotic features?

By being like You: Hopefully she is seeing a mental health professional for more than just medication - if not, help her find one. Be patient and try to stay with her at both extremes after making the place "baby-proof" safety-wise. Doing something together or just being together may keep the most extreme times less so. Both you you (and any others) need to be safe - so if you can't achieve that, go to an er. ...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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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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What triggers rapid cycling in bipolar disorder? I'm going through it. Dr. Prescribed seriquil..Will it work? Just took it once.Had psychotic episodes

What triggers rapid cycling in bipolar disorder? I'm going through it. Dr. Prescribed seriquil..Will it work? Just took it once.Had psychotic episodes

Wish we knew: Stress, disrupted sleep pattern, nutrition may contribute, but bottom line is some are more prone to rapid cycling. Mixed episodes are common. If you had psychotic symptoms seroquel (quetiapine) is one of the best treatments. Good luck. Hope you are feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Can there be any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Can there be any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Levels of healing: There is debate about whether gemstones and other elements have healing properties. But even if we assume that there are health benefits from gemstones, this type of healing is probably too subtle to have any major impact on serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Pharmaceutical medication and psychotherapy are usually required to manage these disorders. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

Can you tell me if there are any gemstones that can be used to help psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder?

NO: I have answered a couple of similar questions before, the answer is most definitely NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Whatever you think of psychiatry, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are very serious illnesses. Touting gemstones as treatment for these illnesses is fraudulent. ...Read more

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Which anti psychotic is more preferred for acute mania mixed bipolar disorder aripiprazole or paliperidone?

Which anti psychotic is more preferred for acute mania mixed bipolar disorder aripiprazole or paliperidone?

Acute mania meds: Atypical antipsychotics have been increasingly used for (and gaining FDA approval for) acute mania. Both meds mentioned (abilify (aripiprazole) & paliperidone) are in this class and can be used to treat acute mania. Other atypicals are also used. Li, VPA, and some typical antipsychotics are FDA approved in acute mania as well. Talk with your doc to make the right right choice for your specific case :) ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar disorder w/ psychosis, is this similar to schizoaffective disorder?

Similar : Bipolar disorder with psychosis shows resolution of the psychosis with treatment and periods of no psychosis without antipsychotic treatment. Schizoaffective disorder shows relapse into psychosis when antipsychotic meds are stopped. Functioning is often lower than in bipolar disorder and it can resemble schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder can mimic schizoaffective disorder. ...Read more

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Can iatrogenic amphetamine psychosis and bipolar disorder cause deviant sexual behavior?

Can iatrogenic amphetamine psychosis and bipolar disorder cause deviant sexual behavior?

Yes: Amphetamines can mimic mania, and both amphetamine use and mania can provoke hypersexual activity. "deviant" is here a difficult word to understand--whether you mean it colloquially or in an older sense referring to abnormal (now called "paraphilic"). But in general, impulses of many kinds--sexual, aggressive, risky--that one might not want to act on can be disinhibited and exaggerated by both. ...Read more

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Describe the features of bipolar disorder.?

Describe the features of bipolar disorder.?

Depression & mania: Formerly "manic depression, " bipolar disorder includes periods of major depression, & other periods of mania or hypomania. Although there is a "mixed" type where these periods overlap, most bipolar disorder has long & separate times of either low or high mood, making it different than short-term "mood swings". Meds usually treat bipolar well. For lots of good info, see: http://tinyurl.Com/c2qry8. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...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