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Can person think his way out of a bipolar disorder instead of taking meds?

Can person think his way out of a bipolar disorder instead of taking meds?

Think about it: Bipolar disorder is a neurobiological problem, carried through in one's genes & connectomes . If we could think our way through bpd, then we should be able to think our way through cancer, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, leukemia. Get the analogy? Unfortunately, no we can't, at least at this time. But cognitive behavioral therapy has been an effective adjunct to medication. ...Read more

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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


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How do I bring up the possibility of depression or bipolar disorder or ADHD to a doc? I'm recovering addict and am trying to better myself.

How do I bring up the possibility of depression or bipolar disorder or ADHD to a doc? I'm recovering addict and am trying to better myself.

Just ask: Addict or not the only way you will know is to discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor. Only difference is (s)he is unlikely to prescribe any medication that may be in any way addictive. Many medications can be used which may help you in the recovery process, especially if your addiction is due to self treatment of underlying symptoms. ...Read more

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My daughter is 17(yesterday) ? Symptoms of gad or a "manic" disorder? Can u please give me a list of each...Or bipolar? Is that the same?

My daughter is 17(yesterday) ? Symptoms of gad or a "manic" disorder?   Can u please give me a list of each...Or bipolar? Is that the same?

GAD or Bipolar: The answer is not so simple as anxiety can be a symptom of early bipolar both mania and depression. Family history of bipolar might suggest this is early symptoms. Don't jump to conclusions and seek professional help. First line treatment for anxiety might be an antidepressant, but if there is a family history of bipolar, this maybe risky. Don't hide this info from anyone evaluating. ...Read more

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How could a mother get an adult child with bipolar that is out of control and not reasoning, help?

How could a mother get an adult child with bipolar that is out of control and not reasoning, help?

Very difficult: Adults need to come to their treatment voluntarily. Don't be co-dependent with an adult child with bipolar. Hold them accountable and don't give in to their pleas for financial assistance. They must be accountable for their actions. If they ask for help give it to them, but don't let them manipulate you. Bipolar patients are financial disasters. You also need to be aware of drug/alcohol use. ...Read more

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I have the symptoms of ADHD and of obsessive–compulsive disorder . Can they be together ? Can a pshychatrist help me fast or it needs time ?

I have the symptoms of ADHD and of obsessive–compulsive disorder . Can they be together ? Can a pshychatrist help me fast or it needs time ?

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a conversion disorder and was wondering, other than therapy, what's the best way to overcome this disorder and live a somewhat normal life.

I have a conversion disorder and was wondering, other than therapy, what's the best way to overcome this disorder and live a somewhat normal life.

Therapy: Psychotherapy is really your best bet usually in combination with psychopharmacological interventions that are targeted towards your specific symptoms. Finding and partnering with a good psychiatrist and psychologist will yield the greatest likelihood for successful treatment. It's a tough road ... But will benefit you in the long run. Stick with it & best of luck! ...Read more

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I like my psychiatrist, but he's out of network and a long drive away. Thinking of switching to a healthtap psychiatrist; can y'all prescribe , trazodone, Lamictal and risperidone?

I like my psychiatrist, but he's out of network and a long drive away. Thinking of switching to a healthtap psychiatrist; can y'all prescribe , trazodone, Lamictal and risperidone?

Healthtap: The good thing about HealthTap is that you can partner with a physician virtually. In order for them to prescribe medications, they must have a medical license in the state where you live. Just look for a HealthTap doctor in your state. ...Read more

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What are some ways you can treat a full blown manic episode besides just relying on meds?

What are some ways you can treat a full blown manic episode besides just relying on meds?

Medication: Medication is the most effective treatment. A person is manic because their chemistry does not allow them to slow down. Medication alters the brain chemistry so that an individual can slow their thoughts and/or actions. In addition to medication, having supportive persons to talk to is quite helpful. ...Read more

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Was prescribed Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder. What's the possibility of getting nystagmus or a rash? Is it safe to take with ADHD meds?

Was prescribed Lamictal for Bipolar Disorder. What's the possibility of getting nystagmus or a rash? Is it safe to take with ADHD meds?

Lamictal, Concerta: I understand your concern. Lamictal can cause nystagmus, diplopia, blurred vision and rash. Thank you for information about using Concerta, it can cause emotional lability and insomnia. hallucinations, mania. See a Psychiatrist for definitive Diagnosis, Medication benefits and side effects, dose, frequency of medication monitoring; Therapy for stress.in your life, Breathing Relaxation and Yoga ...Read more

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What happenings in a person's life have the power to take him out of his depressive illness?

What happenings in a person's life have the power to take him out of his depressive illness?

Spontaneous healing: I agree with dr. Coldwater that most people do need professional help to be relieved of depression. But some cases defy this. Eckhart tolle, the famous spiritual teacher and author, shares his remarkable story of suicidal depression healed, in "the power of now." byron katie tells her own story in "loving what is." i can't explain what happened -- but in both these people, something surely did. ...Read more

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Someone in my circle shows signs of a bipolar disorder and is on somekind of medication but wishes to keep it a secret from family and friends. ?

Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends can be supportive and suggest treatment if they have concerns, but respect a person's right to privacy, . If you are concerned about danger to self or others call 911. ...Read more

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What happens if a person misdiagnosed with ADHD and having another(e.G. Depression) take stimulants for the disease?

What happens if a person misdiagnosed with ADHD and having another(e.G. Depression) take stimulants for the disease?

Incomplete treatment: If someone has been misdiagnosed and therefore not treated with the appropriate medication, your condition could worsen. Certainly at the least you may not see much improvement in symptoms. Since depression sometimes includes symptoms of poor concentration, feeling like you are partially treated may be possible. Often careful psychological testing is necessary to distinguish one from the other. ...Read more

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My friend is coming out of rehab for a history of abusing different susbtances. What ssri do you suggest?

My friend is coming out of rehab for a history of abusing different susbtances. What ssri do you suggest?

Not knowing your: Friend, i would not make any medication recommendations. That is something that he or she will need to work through with the physician in order to see which one is the best choice for the situation. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Please explain what are the symptoms where a person should be given medication for adult attention hyperactive disorder instead of taking a high dose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Actually a formal : Psychiatric evaluation will help to determine if the person has some form of an anxiety disorder or (and) if there is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When both diagnoses are present, the prescriber needs to carefully determine which medication (s) are indicated ; it what order. ...Read more

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I exhibit around 75% of the characteristics of BPD i want to know if it is BPD or just a byproduct of anxiety and ADD.

I exhibit around 75% of the characteristics of BPD i want to know if it is BPD or just a byproduct of anxiety and ADD.

Bipolar Depression : & other Mood Disorders can co-exist with ADHD & Anxiety Disorders. Symptoms of neurodevelopmental & neuropsychiatric disorders evolve as a child develops; signs of BPD can begin in late teens/early adulthood. If you have it, your SSRI or stimulant can precipitate a manic or hypomanic episode. Reveal your symptoms & any family history of BPD to your psychiatrist & therapist for accurate dx. & tx. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy for me to get high on nutmeg as a method of coping with my mental illnesses? (i can't afford any type of hospital treatment)

Is it unhealthy for me to get high on nutmeg as a method of coping with my mental illnesses?        (i can't afford any type of hospital treatment)

Take care: High doses of herbs can have issues sometimes like blood thinning. You may want to see your doc. There are meds available generic as well as many meds are available free though patient assistant programs ...Read more

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I want to know the difference of mechanisms in this drugs: aripiprazole 15 mg, and quetiapine 5 mg (1/2 of pill). I have a bipolar disorder.

I want to know the difference of mechanisms in this drugs: aripiprazole 15 mg, and quetiapine 5 mg (1/2 of pill). I have a bipolar disorder.

Close but not cigar: Independently of their dosages, they are both atypical antipsychotics. They share similar properties as antipsychotics and mood stabilizers . What's different is their side effect profile, life time, tolerance, etc.. Seriquel is more edating and increases appetite. Abilify (aripiprazole) can be more activating, less weight gain . ...Read more

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What is one way to resolve bipolar disorder without pills and counslers?

Risky: Bipolar disorder is a serious condition that can be extremely disruptive to your life, health, relationships, and work. I would not recommend trying to manage this without the help of psychiatrists and counselors, including medications. With these supports, life can be fulfilling and productive. ...Read more

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Hi! I'm bipolar and would like to know is it possible for people with bipolar disorder to fall and stay in love with somebody?

Hi! I'm bipolar and would like to know is it possible for people with bipolar disorder to fall and stay in love with somebody?

Absolutely: It's definitely possible, you just have to find the right person who will be open minded about your disorder and will be supportive even through the rough times. Life as a bipolar patient is not always miserable and you are perfectly capable of having a happy, intimate relationship with someone, and definitely capable of feeling love. Best of luck to you :-) ...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, ...Read more