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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 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
It can be.: The medications used can be preventive, protective and treat symptoms. ...Read more
Help? I was wondering how prevalent bipolar disorder in children, which meds have they been taking, and how do they do in school?
Tough to say...: Pediatric bipolar disorder is a somewhat controversial and relatively new diagnosis. Many times people diagnosed with this condition turn out later to have other illnesses. They are often treated with medications like risperdal, seroquel, (quetiapine) lithium, or Depakote which are serious medications that need to be monitored carefully by a physician. I would consult your doctor for more information. ...Read more
Bipolar Disorder: I believe you just asked this question, but previously supplied information that you've already been prescribed Lamictal and wellbutrin (bupropion). You need to be working with a psychiatrist on this. Other medications for bipolar disorder include lithium, depakote, and seroquel -- zyprexa also. Psychiatrists generally try not to use antidepressants like wellbutrin (bupropion) unless absolutely needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discuss with doctor: There are many medicines that help people with bipolar disorder, and you are on some now (the lamictal, especially). Others include depakote, lithium, and seroquel, (quetiapine) etc. You and your doctor can discuss the benefits and risks of each in your case, and come up with a plan that helps you with a minimum of side effects. It sounds like you've done that so far. Best wishes to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have bipolar disorder. I am taking hydroxizine 50mg as needed. It is good, but i need a more effective drug for anxiety?
Anxiety and Bipolar: I am wondering what mood stabilizer you're taking for your bipolar disorder, because none is listed in your medications. I see you're taking wellbutrin, (bupropion) which in itself causes anxiety in some people and could expose you to the risk of hypomania or mania. Please talk with your psychiatrist about this -- you may be leaving out some of your medications, or they may need to be re-evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Drug abuse is bad. Abuse is by definition bad. But drug abuse cannot be blamed for everything. The symptoms that can lead to a person being diagnosed bipolar should be able to be distinguished from da. It may be difficult and they may co-exist, but they don't "cause" each other. Treatment is a good idea for either and certainly for both. Good luck! ...Read more
Encourage you to: Start by seeing your physician. Your doctor can not only assess for a mood disorder but can also check for underlying medical conditions that may be the cause of your depressive symptoms. Talking therapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is extremely important for lasting change. Psychiatric medications may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. ...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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