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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bipolar I Disorder (Overview)

Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses or substances or toxins/medications.


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What meds are good for bipolar I disorder?

What meds are good for bipolar I disorder?

Many: This is a very complex disorder that is treated with a very broad array of meds.I am "old school" and often use lithium as the basis and add atypical's like seroquel (quetiapine). You really need to have a dr following closely to manage this difficult illness.I hope you are getting treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
199 doctors shared insights

Bipolar I Disorder (Overview)

Is a mood disorder characterized by at least 1 manic or mixed episode, with history of 1 or more major depressive episode. It is a type of manic depression. It is not accounted for by schizoaffective disorder or superimposed on schizophrenic disorder, delusional disorder, or other psychotic disorders, or relates to medical illnesses or substances or toxins/medications.


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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable. ...Read more

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Bipolar i disorder (Tip)

How do I deal with the extreme highs and lows of my emotional state? ...See more

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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Can abruptly discontinuing Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause a mixed state in bipolar patients? I have Bipolar I Disorder and ADHD. I quit Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for the summer break

Can abruptly discontinuing Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) cause a mixed state in bipolar patients? I have Bipolar I Disorder and ADHD.  I quit Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for the summer break

Probably not but ...: It is likely not to be a problem but the wisest thing would be to discontinue the adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) slowly and note the effect of doing so. I strongly advise patient with bipolar I disorder to only change meds with medical supervision since the consequences of things going badly can be so great. ...Read more

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What as the maximum dosage of topamax (topiramate) usually prescribed to treat bipolar disorder? I am currently taking a total of 100mg a day.

What as the maximum dosage of topamax (topiramate) usually prescribed to treat bipolar disorder? I am currently taking a total of 100mg a day.

FDA approved maximum: Dose needs to be adjusted to discover optimal individual patient dose. I always find it misguided to use the fda approved dose range as gospel in clinical practice. Your 100mg is below maximum that has been studied by drug company but it does not mean it is helpful or safe to go higher. You need to work closely with your doctor to figure out the right dose for you. ...Read more

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Bipolar i disorder (Tip)

If you are feeling "high" on your mood, pls check in with your doc asap ; avoid acting on impulse. ...See more

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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
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As teen, is lithium a safe treatment for bipolar I disorder?

As teen, is lithium a safe treatment for bipolar I disorder?

Lithium: One of oldest mood stabilizers, is well studied & results documents. Is safe if lithium blood levels are closely monitored, along with routine checks on blood count, electrolytes & heart & kidney functions. ...Read more

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3000 mg of niacin with 3000 mg vitaminc are able to cure bipolar disorder. If I do this and take the half pill of 10 mg abilify, (aripiprazole) would it be a good start?

3000 mg of niacin with 3000 mg vitaminc are able to cure bipolar disorder. If I do this and take the half pill of 10 mg abilify, (aripiprazole) would it be a good start?

Not so simple: Each person is an individual & there are no easy cures for bipolar. Niacin will help many but not all & should be started slowly as it causes flushing. Many with bipolar have pyoluria- see http://www.Primalbody-primalmind.Com/?P=398 i also recommend the books natural healing for bipolar disorder & natural medicine guide to bipolar disorder. Please find a good doctor to work with as well. ...Read more

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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


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, ...Read more