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Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

No, depends: If you are in the depths of depression, or spinning in a manic episode when your IQ is tested, you won't score as well as you ordinarily would. That said, depression & bipolar patients tend to be brighter than average. Interesting question. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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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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Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Can anxiety, depression and OCD cause a racing mind simular to bipolar disorder?

Sometimes.: Anxious ruminations & agitated depression can certainly present with racing thoughts. I can't think of any reason why ocd might not somtimes present similarly. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder? I feel like i do.

I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder?
I feel like i do.

Unlikely: I believe you are referring to a cyst in the cerebellum. In severe cases, usually in children, there are problems with muscle movement, coordination. Mood disorder, such as depression/bipolar, is not thought to be caused by the cerebellar malformation in dandy walker syndrome. ...Read more

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I had a cva in the front part of my brain. It causes mood swings. Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me. I currently suffer depression. ?

I had a cva in the front part of my brain.  It causes mood swings.  Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me.  I currently suffer depression. ?

Complex issue: Why a cva at your age? This sounds rather complex and difficult. Frontal lobe disorders are very complex and will affect mood and behavior and attention. You need a thorough medical evaluation and referral for specialist evaluation as deemed appropriate by your primary physician. There may be a complicated neurological cause for your condition. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if it's depression, or bipolar disorder that you're feeling?

How do doctors tell if it's depression, or bipolar disorder that you're feeling?

It can be kind of: Tricky. If the person has not yet experienced an episode of mania or hypomania, then it would not be possible diagnosis them with a bipolar depression at that time. It would usually be assumed that it was unipolar depression. However once either mania or hypomania has occurred than the diagnosis of bipolar disorder can be made. ...Read more

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Can truehope empowerplus (a vitamin product) be used for depression or bipolar disorder?

Can truehope empowerplus (a vitamin product) be used for depression or bipolar disorder?

That's the claim: Although i don't have a lot of clinical experience with empower+, I do have some. A few clients attempted to use this product and discontinued their mood stabilizing med. The result was not favorable with two requiring psych hospitalization. None of my clients remained on it. The longest someone stayed with it was 3 months. ...Read more

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I have depression or bipolar disorder, how can I tell?

I have depression or bipolar disorder, how can I tell?

You might...: If you have severe depression ; bipolar runs in your family, you might have it. Are you on medication? Talk to your therapist or prescribing physician ; they can help you decide whether you are suffering from depression or bipolar. Have you ever had a "manic" episode? ...Read more

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Can depression or bipolar disorder ever actually go away?

Can depression or bipolar disorder ever actually go away?

Emotional Cycling: The cycling of emotions is seen in everyone; even those not diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. Eventually, a depressed or manic patient will return to "baseline." one can manage their symptoms (therapy, medications, behavior), but the ups and downs will remain - just with varied intensities. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...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