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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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How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

It's difficult: I have treated many very disruptive children over the years and it can be extremely trying and frustrating for parents to know how to handle each instance. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am also sorry to say she must be kept away from small animals and small animals must be kept away from her. Sadly, there is just no way to explain this particular behavior of your daughter's to others. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of bipolar and autism similar?

Not at all: Bipolar disorder (bd) is a waxing and waning problem with mood--depression or mania. Autism is a sustained problem with impairments in social interaction, language, and odd or unusual behaviors. Autism starts early in life and is not something you can "catch" later; bd most commonly starts in teens or later. Bd is responsive to medication; autism is not. ...Read more

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Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

No : Autism can lead to a lot of difficulties, and so can transgerder status. I don't think one makes the other worse. ...Read more

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My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

My autistic bipolar 5 year old daughter keeps having behaviors were she tries to kill animals with no feelings of saddness us that a normal behavior?

It's not good: What you described has been considered by some experts as an indicator for more severe problems later on in life. Cruelty to animals is not that uncommon, and there are professionals out there who know what to do about it. Animals must be kept away from your daughter at all times. Also, a system should be in place ahead of time to deal with such behaviors. I am sorry that your daughter has this. ...Read more

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Have an adult daughter, who has autism & bipolar, what psychiatrist in clarksville tn do house visit ? {be better for her & us }thanks, deb.

Have an adult daughter, who has autism & bipolar, what  psychiatrist in clarksville tn do house visit ? {be better for her & us }thanks, deb.

Medical society: Or visiting nurses may be able to refer you to someone who would make a house call to help your daughter. Psychiatrists are difficult to find in some areas, and house calls make it more difficult but they are generally very skilled and caring. Hope you find someone. ...Read more

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How to explain a parent's bipolar disorder to a child?

By good example: Depending on age, bipolar is a brain disease that can affect how someone feels and behaves. It can be managed with good treatment and healthy lifestyle and worsened by drug and alcohol abuse. I think it is important for children to know that they are at risk so that they avoid things that might trigger the illness and get early tx. Some of the best outcomes are in the children who headed parent. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...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