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Dr. Robert Grieco
90 doctors shared insights

Bipolar Ii Disorder (Overview)

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 manic or mixed episodes.


Dr. Matthew Keener Dr. Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
12 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Grieco
90 doctors shared insights

Bipolar Ii Disorder (Overview)

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 manic or mixed episodes.


Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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My psychiatrists differ in diagnoses: bipolar II with gen. Anx disorder, ptsd plus panic - or plain vanilla depression only. Who do I believe?

My psychiatrists differ in diagnoses: bipolar II with gen. Anx disorder, ptsd plus panic - or plain vanilla depression only. Who do I believe?

Collaboration: Collaboration between providers who render care to the same patients is important for the safe practice of medicine. Ensure that your physicians/ providers have releases to discuss your case. Cement this with a verbal request that they discuss your diagnosis & your treatment plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Bipolar ii disorder (Tip)

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

Dr. Miroslava Fox Dr. Fox
Clinical Psychology
11 years in practice
A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona
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Living with Manic Depressive Disorder (Checklist)

Keep a crisis list with doctor and family phone numbers
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Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Mood stabilizers: Nothing recent of particular note. Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Reidbord Dr. Reidbord
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

Not by itself: Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Johnson Dr. Johnson
Clinical Psychology
29 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Bipolar ii disorder (Tip)

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

Dr. Linda Callaghan Dr. Callaghan
Addiction Medicine
49 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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Living with Bipolar Disorder (Checklist)

Take your medications
Daily
Balance work and play
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Know your limits
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Visit your doctors regularly
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Dr. Matthew Keener Dr. Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
12 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Is bipolar II disorder serious?

Yes, but treatable.: Yes, it is a serious condition and evidence shows that it can be just as debilitating as bipolar i disorder. It is, however, treatable by a qualified psychiatrist. Patients can live productive happy lives with the correct course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: bipolar II disorder?

What is the definition or description of: bipolar II disorder?

Bipolar II Disorder: 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 manic or mixed episodes. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Bayles Dr. Bayles
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
15 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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Bipolar ii disorder (Tip)

Keep a daily mood journal where you log your symptoms and severity‚ÄĒover time you'll see patterns. ...See more

Dr. Barbara Lavi Dr. Lavi
Clinical Psychology
31 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
Join Spec ED Parents Organization
Monthly
Dr. John Moranville Dr. Moranville
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Can you explain to me the major differences between bipolar and bipolar II disorder?

Can you explain to me the major differences between bipolar and bipolar II disorder?

Mania vs hypo mania: Both usually have depressive episodes. Bipolar 1 includes manic episodes and bipolar 2 hypo mania. Hypo mania may include decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem and increased productivity and sometimes irritability. Mania often leads to psychosis, severe relationship, financial, or even legal problems and often requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Reidbord Dr. Reidbord
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can stress trigger bipolar II disorder?

Not by itself: Our current understanding is that bipolar disorder (type 1 or 2) is essentially inbred, i.e., not caused by life stress or emotional trauma. But various stresses can trigger an episode in someone prone to it. These stresses can include drugs (stimulants, antidepressants), sleep deprivation, severe interpersonal stress, traumatic situations like combat, and so on. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rothstein Dr. Rothstein
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
35 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
once
Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
once
Dr. Raymond Coffin Dr. Coffin
Clinical Psychology
22 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Bipolar II disorder or BPD...how can I tell the difference?

Bipolar II disorder or BPD...how can I tell the difference?

Either-possibly both: You're raising a difficult question, in part, because both can be present and you may need the help of a professional to sort it out. But, in very general terms, BPD mood swings tend to come on suddenly, last for a period of hours (rather than days/weeks), and often clearly in response to a perceived abandonment. Bipolar patients often say their moods make no sense to them, but can't control them. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook Dr. Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Could the herbs in shakeology aggravate my bipolar II disorder?

Could the herbs in shakeology aggravate my bipolar II disorder?

They should not: have any adverse effect on a mood disorder. The herbs in Shakeology are all phytonutrients and antiioxidants, safe for anyone when used as directed. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren Dr. McCarren
Neurology
32 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Dr. Leslie Howell Dr. Howell
Psychiatry
16 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

What criteria are there for "depressed bipolar II disorder?

Criteria: The criteria for bipolar ii indicates that you have a history of at least one hypomanic episode (not manic). You must also have had at least one or more major depressive episodes. These episodes can impair your ability to function. Bipolar i is usually more debilitating than bipolar ii. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Any recent news on treatment for bipolar II disorder?

Mood stabilizers: Nothing recent of particular note. Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
754 doctors shared insights

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
1,747 doctors shared insights

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