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Doctor insights on: Bipolar Teens Symptoms Of Risky Behavior

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Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

Suggested residential centers for teens with bipolar?

If residential: Treatment is covered by your insurance plan, it requires medical, psychiatric (neuro)psychological, & educational documentation that the child's illness is refractory to comprehensive outpatient treatment regimens despite parental adherence. See http://www. Wolfcreekacademy. Org/why/bipolar-disorder/#site-wrap or http://m.treatment. Psychologytoday. Com/rms/prof_results. Php? State=NY&spec=241 ...Read more

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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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How can bipolar disorder be different in teens/children and adults?

How can bipolar disorder be different in teens/children and adults?

Complicated answer: Most commonly, symptoms don't manifest until late teens or early twenties. Children who are diagnosed as bipolar can be very energetic, have less need for sleep, temper tantrums and aggression are out of range for the precipitant. They can also be grandiose and inappropriately sexual for their age. Often the first episode in a child is depression. Caution I f there is a family hx of bp. ...Read more

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How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

How is bipolar disorder different in teens and children compared to adults?

Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for bipolar in young teens?

How do doctors test for bipolar in young teens?

Evaluation: Evaluation would include interview of patient and parents. Observation ; work up to rule out problems with drugs, alcohol or underlying medical issues. ...Read more

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How do doctors see the difference between bipolar disorder 2 and hormones in teens?

How do doctors see the difference between bipolar disorder 2 and hormones in teens?

It is tough: It is very challenging diagnosing teenagers with bipolar disorder. The most important point is to look in to the severity and persistence of symptoms. The longitudinal course of the illness (the illnes through time) will give us a very important clue whether the behavioral and mood disturbance is due to bipolar or harmless developmental issue. ...Read more

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Is it within a behavioral neurologists scope treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psych symptoms from neuro conditions?

Is it within a behavioral neurologists scope treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psych symptoms from neuro conditions?

Yes: A behavioral psychologist would have the range of knowledge to treat coexisting bipolar unless verbalized preference for a psychiatrist to handle that ...Read more

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Drs don't agree on what bipolar type I have, seems 2 depend on my mood/behavior when they 1st meet me. Been dx'd w Bipolar I&II, how 2 know who is rite??

Bipolar Disorder: It may be more helpful to confirm diagnosis over a period of time rather than just a snapshot in time when you are first seen. Your ability to provide accurate historic information about your symptoms/ conditions can also impact correctness of diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Can the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Any of us can: Have behavioral issues. While not well understood by genetics experts, if one or both parents are bipolar it is more likely that a child may be as well. If that is the case, family therapy may provide helpful communication skills development for all. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What kind of behaviors in a child would get diagnosed as bipolar disorder?

Multiple Problems: Bipolar disorder in children usually includes high levels of hyperactivity along with severe problems related to the mood. There may be dramatic and inpredictable mood swings, or there may be a mixture of depression with irritability or euphoria occurring within short periods of time. Impulsivity is frequently present with severe behavior problems. Temper outbursts and aggression may occur. ...Read more

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Bipolar disorder: does change of environment affect the behavior of a person?

Possibly: People with bipolar disorder may be more sensitive to change. However, the actual episodes of depression or mania are not necessarily triggered by anything. It is always best to get appropriate treatment to maintain a more stable lifestyle. ...Read more

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Can the behavior of someone who's chemically sensitive mimic that of someone with a bipolar disorder?

Can the behavior of someone who's chemically sensitive mimic that of someone with a bipolar disorder?

Well...: I am not sure there is enough of a consensus on what chemical sensitivity represents to state that it can mimic bipolar disorder. There certainly seems to be a frequent co-occurrence between those with chemical sensitivity and psychiatric conditions. As there appears to be no clear cause or remedy for chemical sensitivities, see a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment of the bipolar symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have impulsive/spontaneous behavior when you have bipolar disorder?

Is it unusual to have impulsive/spontaneous behavior when you have bipolar disorder?

Yes: Not always, but increased risk taking and impulsive behavior can be an early sign of bipolar illness, particularly mania. It can also be a trigger or early sign of addiction as well, be it sex addiction or gambling, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a bipolar spectrum and does it carry itself into the behavior of siblings? Do siblings become bipolar?

Is there a bipolar spectrum and does it carry itself into the behavior of siblings? Do siblings become bipolar?

Yes: Bipolar behavior can be mild (called "cyclothymic") or severe (psychotic) and there are indications that there may be a increased incidence running in families.

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11 y/o whose behavior gets more odd/ disorganized/disconnected/moody as the day wears on; is it more likely to be schizophrenia or bipolar disease?

11 y/o whose behavior gets more odd/ disorganized/disconnected/moody as the day wears on; is it more likely to be schizophrenia or bipolar disease?

Neither: There are many more common disorders that can present as you describe. Could be as simple as ADHD. Have him seen by a developmental pediatrician and when you take him in be sure to have a detailed history of your observations, detailed family history, and information from his school. ...Read more

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Could the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

Could the children of bipolar parents have behavioral issues as well?

That is common.: The parent's behavior can significantly impact their children. ...Read more

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Can there be some delineation between psychotic or bipolar behavior and PMS?

Can there be some delineation between psychotic or bipolar behavior and PMS?

Yes: Pms (premenstrual syndrome) is associated with mood lability, usually depression, irritability and often physical symptoms such as pain and bloating, but unlikely to be associated with psychotic thought process. I am not sure what you mean by psychotic or bipolar "behavior" psychosis is defined by thought process & content. Bipolar refers to mood and affect fluctuation. ...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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I'm concerned my mother is bipolar, due 2 her unreasonable crazy behavior we've not spoken for 8 months, I don't know who she is anymore, what 2 do?

I'm concerned my mother is bipolar, due 2 her unreasonable crazy behavior we've not spoken for 8 months, I don't know who she is anymore, what 2 do?

I am very sorry: For this, but just remember she is your mother. She can't help her disease and didn't cause it or want it just like someone with a cancer. Love her and connect with her the best you can. No one can ask more of you. ...Read more

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I'm concerned my mother is bipolar, due 2 her unreasonable crazy behavior we've not spoken for 8 months, I don't know who she is anymore, what 2 do?

I'm concerned my mother is bipolar, due 2 her unreasonable crazy behavior we've not spoken for 8 months, I don't know who she is anymore, what 2 do?

Be loving: You can only help people who agree they need help. Unless she is a threat to herself or others, she can not be made to get help without her consent. You can try being honest and loving, telling her her behavior has caused you two to lose touch with each other. Ask her to go to the dr. For an evaluation and offer to go with her. Hopefully, she will go and seek help if she is truly bipolar. ...Read more

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A known bipolar person rejects seeing a doctor at anyones request & makes others lives miserable. Can a bipolar person think behavior is "normal"?

Yes: They can reject help but yes they believe they are ok but if it gets that bad you can call the police and have him admitted with force. ...Read more

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Can behavioral neurologists legally treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psychiatric disorders arising due to neuro conditions?

Can behavioral neurologists legally treat primary psychiatric disorders such as bipolar along w/ psychiatric disorders arising due to neuro conditions?

There are no: "legal" barriers however NO physician, worth their "oath" will treat any condition that they are not fully competent to treat!!!! BTW behavioral Neurlogy and Adult Psychiatry are very common CO-SPECIALTIES (ie: physicians have passed Specialty boards for both medical specialties)
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How can I tell if I'm bipolar? My emotions are all over the place. I have severe depression that leads to isolation. I have extremely aggressive behaviors.

How can I tell if I'm bipolar? My emotions are all over the place. I have severe depression that leads to isolation. I have extremely aggressive behaviors.

You can't.: Why waste time trying to do this on your own? It's hard enough for experienced experts to make psychiatric diagnoses. The key is to get a thorough evaluation from a professional, then to get started on a treatment plan that gets you to your best self. Get started! ...Read more

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I have a bipolar diagnosis, lamictal helps. I have the textbook behaviors. But how do I know for certain? What might be the sure signs for a doctor?

I have a bipolar diagnosis, lamictal helps. I have the textbook behaviors. But how do I know for certain? What might be the sure signs for a doctor?

Rely on your doctor: Your doctor will be able to thoroughly diagnose your condition or refer you to a mental health specialist who can carefully assess your symptoms. There are a number of different conditions to be ruled out as well as multiple mood/bipolar diagnoses to be considered. ...Read more

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Will cognitive behavior therapy helps against bipolar type two, and how far.

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Will cognitive behavior therapy helps against bipolar type two, and how far.

CBT: Worth the effort. Can take months, but depends on your investment in tx. ...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?

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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How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

How can cognitive behavioral therapy cure affection bipolar disorder?

It can't: CBT is the treatment of choice for several conditions (like complex PTSD) and a terrific adjunctive therapy for those with many types of bipolar disease. The key to treatment of bipolar disorders is mood stabilization which often requires medications. The exception that comes to mind is seasonal affective disorder which responds to light therapy (along with CBT) ...Read more

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I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid mood swings, how long can mania last?

I'm 45 bipolar, female. I am manic and have had erratic behavior for 3 days with rapid mood swings, how long can mania last?

Get help now: If untreated, Mania may last from several days up to six months. The norm is usually more like several weeks to several months. Rapid cycling can have short duration mania. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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