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Can Bipolar Affective Disorder Mania Cause You To Stop Taking Your Medicine
Yes: During the manic phase, a bipolar patient feels like everything is great & nothing is wrong with them. They feel overconfident. As a result, one may feel that they don't need medicine & may avoid it. However, this the wrong approach since the medication is supposed to keep one's mood at an even level - not manic & not depressed. So stopping it may make the mania & subsequent depression worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How can someone be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder without having any manic/hypomanic episode ever?(just having depressive episodes)
Technically....: No. However some have proposed sub typing bipolar to include patients with depression and family histories of bipolar the initial episodes of bipolar disorder are often depression. 90% of patients will experience their first manic episode by age 50. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The person may be manic with some euphoria so s/he does not want that to end (& therefore stops the meds). Another possibility is deep depression that takes away your motivation for treatment. Sometimes the person may become psychotic & paranoid --- so they may stop taking the medication feeling that it is an attempt to harm them. In addition, 50% of all sick people don't like to take meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the causes of bipolar affective disorder? Is it hereditary, or due to hormones, or drugs, or what else?
Bipolar: Think of term bio-psycho-social. Biological is inheritance or induced by physical illnesses or medications. Psychological is relation to early traumas or self-concept issues. Social is support system or lack of. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder 6 years ago.I have been free from symptoms.But developped diabetes.Could the risperdone medecine have caused me to have diabetes.I also took up medotation a year ago and found it extremeley helpful in
For how long 1 has to take medicine for recurring bipolar disorder(mania) valence od500mg valium10mg serenace 25mg, is it completely curable?
Med Regimen: Bipolar disorder may not be curable but there are excellent medications available to treat the condition. Regarding your medications, you and your doctor will need to work as a team to see how you respond to your medications. This will dictate when medications are titrated, started or stopped. Although the medications you take may change over time, it isn't advisable to stop use of all meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Father not taking his bipolar disorder(mania) medicine(valence500mg valium10mg)as he is better now.He only takes haloperidol liquid(. 25mg) is it ok?
Russian Roulette: As is often the case with many individuals who suffer from mental illness, they decide to reduce or discontinue their psychotropic medications when they begin to feel better. Certain conditions especially bipolar disorder and schizophrenia often require long term use of medications. The patient is feeling better because of the medications and they risk relapse when stopping them. Consult with md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genetics: Bipolar disorder is a highly genetic disorder, so most people inherit the predisposition. Also stimulant drugs like the amphetamines can also produce symptoms of mania. There are also people who are susceptible to marked sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep for several days has been know to cause symptoms that look like mania. ...Read more
I've seen it: I often see patients with bipolar disorder who are over medicated. However, clinical experience shows us that 90% of bipolar patients require 2-5 medications to achieve symptom control. The goal is to use combinations that make sense while paying attention to overlapping side effects that can negatively effect quality of life. ...Read more
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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