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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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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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Can orthomolecular psychiatry treat schizophrenia?

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Can orthomolecular psychiatry treat schizophrenia?

Orthomolecular Psy.: It claims that the causes of psychotic disorders are food allergies, low sugar , low thyroid, heavy metal toxicity, pyroluria (improper hemoglobin synthesis), histadelia (high histamine & basophils in blood), & histapenia (high copper with low histamine). So far, use of megavitamins & nutrients to correct such claimed deficits have not proven successful in treating schizophrenia. ...Read more

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How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

How successful is Abilify (aripiprazole) in managing schizophrenia / schizoaffective disorder with jealousy type delusions?

Good: Abilify (aripiprazole) is an excellent medication. However, as good as any medication is it must be matched with a persons medical condition, diagnosis, and symptoms. This is a discussion which you should have with your doctor who knows these things about you. ...Read more

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What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

What treatments can I recieve for mood disorders, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, psychotic disorder?

Psychiatric eval: Psychiatric evaluation would be the first thing you need here, to determine the most likely diagnosis that could explain your symptoms. There are various medications that help mood disorders, psychosis, and anxiety; psychotherapies are important treatments in all of those and in conduct disorder. You can receive comprehensive treatment once we understand what's wrong & what's needed. ...Read more

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How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

How is schizoaffective disorder different from bipolar disorder 1?

More symptoms: For a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, one needs to have symptoms consistent with schizophrenia at one point as well as bipolar disorder at a different point in the same episode of illness. This can be tough to sort out unless you are seeing the same physician throughout the whole time. ...Read more

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What would experts say about accepted psychotic personality disorder triad?

What would experts say about accepted psychotic personality disorder triad?

???: There is no "psychotic personality disorder, " -- thus i don't know of any triad associated with it. Is it possible you mean something else? Another type of personality disorder, perhaps? ...Read more

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Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Help please! is dysthymic disorder considered unipolar diorder?

Not typically: Unipolar depression typically is talking about a major depressive disorder. Someone with bipolar disorder suffers from major depressive disorder and manic episodes. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar affective disorder curable?

Help please! is bipolar affective disorder curable?

No cure: There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but the symptoms can be controlled with treatment. ...Read more

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Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Recommend: Working with a child psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications are often required. Individual therapy (ie. Cognitive behavioratherapy or psychotherapy) and family therapy are usually indicated. Group therapy may be benificial and inpatient psychiatric treatment may be needed in some cases. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Help please! is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Yes and no: Bipolar spectrum disorder is a term used by some psychiatrists to describe a range of severity of bipolar disorder that is possible and seen clinically. However, it is not an accepted diagnostic term for use in medical records. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended anti-depressant for bipolar disorder?

TBD: Will be best determined by evaluation with psychiatrist who can address your specific issues and make best recommendation. That is a process and it should be specific to your case. ...Read more

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Might somebody have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Might somebody have both bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Yes: Axis i disorders (bipolar) and axis ii (personality disorders) are often comorbid. Axis i disorders are major, severe and persisting disorders. Personality disorders are the underlying strengths and weaknesses of character that can often shape the axis i disorder. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and bipolar 2 disorder different?

Mania: Patients with bipolar 11 disorder do not have full blown mania. They have symptoms that resemble mania but do not reach the threshold for mania. ...Read more

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How are bipolar depression and bipolar disorder different?

Terminology: There are a number of conditions that fall under the spectrum of bipolar disorder. Essentially, bipolar disorder encompasses periods of low energy, low mood and other impairments (depression) as well as periods of high energy & increased mood (mania or hypomania). The term bipolar depression is referring to only the depressive cycle that is part of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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I have PTSD, panic disorder, insomnia, dissociative identity disorder and depression. What treatments would you advise I discuss with my psych?

I have PTSD, panic disorder, insomnia, dissociative identity disorder and depression. What treatments would you advise I discuss with my psych?

EMDR: is an excellent treatment for trauma-you have to find someone who is certified to do this-you can go back to your reg psych afterward. Desensitization is another method your doc might use, along with Cognitive Restructuring of traumatic events. Hypnosis can be helpful, but you need very experienced practitioner with DID. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder a serious mental illness?

Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more

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How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

How effective is psychotherapy for treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Yes certain approach: A type of therapy called exposure therapy can be very effective with OCD. In this process the therapist challenges the client to take small steps in exposing themselves to adopting their behavior and disputing their ruminating thoughts and then empowers them to see the results. Small gains in capability accumulate and the client begins to have alternative ways to dispute thinking and make choices. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more