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What are moderate rapid cycling bipolar symptoms? How are these treated?

What are moderate rapid cycling bipolar symptoms? How are these treated?

This is a fancy way: of saying that your moods swing rapidly and more intensely than normal mood swings. Medication for bipolar disorder can help along with psychotherapy. This form of bipolar is easier to manage than bipolar I, but requires medication management and psychotherapy as well. ...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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Can bloodsugar levels and certain foods effect bipolar episodes (type ii/rapid cycling?

Can bloodsugar levels and certain foods effect bipolar episodes (type ii/rapid cycling?

Need more data: Fatty fish, such as salmon, lake trout, albacore tuna, halibut, mackerel and sardines, provide rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids -- healthy fats that promote positive heart health and brain function. According to research published in "european neuropsychopharmacology" in may 2007, omega-3 fats may also improve symptoms of bipolar mania in children. More research is needed.It has been my clinical observation that in people on antidepressants, blood sugars over 200 can often cause ssri antidepressants he going to to stop working adequately. ...Read more

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How to treat rapid cycling bipolar?

How to treat rapid cycling bipolar?

Seek treatment: Talk to your doctor! mood disorder tx incl. Medication, psychotherapy (interpersonal & cognitive-behavioral). Monitoring signs & cues for manic/hypomanic episodes are key. Other medical problems need to be ruled out. Helpful behaviors are exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness activities, social support, spiritual connections, meaningful life purpose. If suicidal, emergency tx is needed. Seek help! ...Read more

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What causes someone to have bipolar i with rapid cycling ?

What causes someone to have bipolar i with rapid cycling ?

Genetics & triggers: Rapid cycling bipolar d/o involves 4 or more discrete affective episodes in a year. It is more frequent in women, associated with hypomania, hypothyroidism, stronger family hx, & higher exposure to antidepressants (though it may be depression itself that leads to both rapid cycling & increased antidepressant use). Careful evaluation & management by a skilled psychiatrist is essential. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bipolar 1 rapid cycling can I level off, help!?

What to do if I have bipolar 1 rapid cycling can I level off, help!?

See a psychiatrist : For a reevaluation. If the mood swings are extreme you may need an adjustment to your medication. Get an evaluation. Psychotherapy may help as well. ...Read more

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Rapid cycling bipolar disorder/ultradian in 12 year olds, what do you recommend?

Rapid cycling bipolar disorder/ultradian in 12 year olds, what do you recommend?

Very complicated: Bipolar disorder in a child is complex to diagnose and treat, and it definitely requires an expert. A thorough evaluation (and ongoing follow-up) by a child psychiatrist with expertise in this area is necessary. No competent doctor would offer recommendations online, without a detailed history and through examination. ...Read more

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Im 23 and have recently been diagnosed with bipolar rapid cycling. I dont remember being this bad 2 or 3 years ago does bipolar worsen with age?

Im 23 and have recently been diagnosed with bipolar rapid cycling. I dont remember being this bad 2 or 3 years ago does bipolar worsen with age?

Untreated bipolar: gets worse. As you get older it interferes with relationships, work school, you name it. So, I guess you could say it gets worse with age. I think it is more a matter of getting worse without good medication management and ongoing psychotherapy. Make sure you stay connected to your therapeutic team and keep the disease under the best control possible. Feel free to ask additional questions. ...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

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