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Can rapid cycling hypomania/depression occur just from titrating down an anti-depressant?

Can rapid cycling hypomania/depression occur just from titrating down an anti-depressant?

Maybe: Based on the additional information you provided, you have several complication conditions that need to be considered. Please call and make an appointment with your treating physician to review all of your illnesses, symptoms and treatments. You may need an adjustment of your medications, as well as treatment for other conditions. ...Read more

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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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Are there any mood stabilisers for rapid mood swings?

Are there any mood stabilisers for rapid mood swings?

Absolutely!: But you must work with a medical provider to find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more

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With bipolar, does hypomania always precede mania?

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Bipolar: Not necessarily, but appears more in bipolar type 2 younger females, at least from my experience. ...Read more

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With bipolar does hypomania always precede mania?

With bipolar does hypomania always precede mania?

In addition: Changes in mood can be abrupt, whether these moods constitute normal variability or extremes. Moods are like the weather, not just poetically, but scientifically, subject to what are called "phase transitions". Most importantly, mixed states of mania and depression exist are are very dangerous--these are not just the "average" of both. ...Read more

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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

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...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 long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

Manic: Bipolar cycles usually last an average of few weeks, with exception of rapid cyclers who can show mood shifts day in/day out. ...Read more

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Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

This distinction may: Be understood & applied to ur case on talking w ur MD. In very basic terms, what distinguishes bipolar I from bipolar II is presence of mania, as opposed to hypomania only. Some sxs are severe enough that they only occur in Bipolar I or mixed episodes including delusions, sxs, necessitating immediate hospitalization, catatonic sxs. Talk with ur md abt ur case specifically for best dx & care! :) ...Read more

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Could lamictal treat the manic or the depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder?

Mania: Yes, in many of my patients it is very effective in treating both symptoms of bipolar.Best. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics elevate negative symptoms in schizophrenia?

Maybe: Sometimes, antipsychotics, especially the older ones, can cause parkinson's - like side effect. This causes the person to have a "flat" or emotionless appearance to the face. The antipsychotics all also cause sleepiness and a low energy. This may imitate the lack of drive that is also a common negative symptom. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) trigger manic episodes?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) trigger manic episodes?

If a person : Has mani depression and appears to be only depressed, antidepressant can trigger manic episodes. If you or someone you know is on an antidepressant and seems to become manic, see a psychiatrist ASAP. They need to reevaluate the medication and the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

How long, typically, do cycles of mania last in patients with manic depressive disorder?

Can vary: An untreated manic episode can last anywhere from a few weeks to even months. If the person has rapid cycling bipolar, their mood can cycle several times a day. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Well...: Significant paranoia is found in paranoid personality disorder. Hallucinations may occur in a person with schizotypal personality disorder. When a person with a borderline personality disorder becomes really stressed they may start getting a little paranoid. Although hallucinations could occur when decompensated it is not usually a hallmark for this type of personality disorder. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?

Can antipsychotics (olanzapine) cause permanent anhedonia and loss of motivation? Can they aggravate negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia?

Possibly: When prescribed improperly -- and usually this is a dosage issue, or when prescribed without attention to alternative medicines -- they can result in such symptoms. But the symptoms are not permanent, and resolve when prescribed properly or when the medicine is discontinued. ...Read more

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With bipolar type 1 disorder does hypomania always precede mania?

With bipolar type 1 disorder does hypomania always precede mania?

Not always: In type 1 bipolar disorder, the transition from normal (euthymic) mood to mania can be abrupt - without any preceding hypomania. ...Read more

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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