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Doctor insights on: Comorbidity Of Bipolar And Aspergers Disorders

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and asperger's syndrome? And why it seems so hard for some doctors to tell each other apart?

Very different: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder -- the person may cycle between depression and mania, with normal mood interspersed. Genetics may play a role. Asperger's syndrome is a milder form of autism, where people have social isolation and eccentric behavior beginning in childhood. Those w/asperger's can get very frustrated sometimes -- maybe it could look like mood instability, without complete history. ...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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Is it bad if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant?

Is it bad if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant?

Professional : Both you and your fetus needs for you to get with professional treatment otherwise both you and your fetus will not develop well. ...Read more

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What happens if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant? Will the child have all of these conditions as well?

What happens if you have aspergers, bipolar disorder, anxiety, social phobia, and add and you get pregnant? Will the child have all of these conditions as well?

Genetics aspergers: That's a lot going on for sure. No way to know but there are both genetic and environmental factors involved in all. Probably best to be sure you have good support and be proactive. Here is my take on aspergers http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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My 10 yr old adhd, bipolar, odd responds violently to all types of meds! i need a hospital/doc that can help find the right meds? Diagnosed at 5 with aspergers, adhd, tourettes, mood disorder, odd. Risperidone worked for a year, strattera for 6 mos., and

My 10 yr old adhd, bipolar, odd responds violently to all types of meds! i need a hospital/doc that can help find the right meds? Diagnosed at 5 with aspergers, adhd, tourettes, mood disorder, odd. Risperidone worked for a year, strattera for 6 mos., and

Dysregulatoin: Many children with an underlying dysregulated behavior pattern and 'melt down' frequently, are subject to many medications but do not respondwell. The underlying problem is problem with an excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. None of the meds you list work on that transmitter. Speak to your trating physician about medications that are glutamate blockers. I have had great success using thm. ...Read more

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Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

Could autism/aspergers/bipolar get worse if someone is transsexual?

No : Autism can lead to a lot of difficulties, and so can transgerder status. I don't think one makes the other worse. ...Read more

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Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and asperger's all mental illnesses?

Are ocd, anxiety, bipolar, depression, and  asperger's all mental illnesses?

Yes: All of the phenomena you list can be found in the DSM 5, published by the American Psychiatric Association as recognized diagnoses. ...Read more

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What if dsm5 was right. Asperger is closer to highly sensitive people (dr. Aron) ( with comorbidities) than from hard core autists...As back for dsm6?

Probably not: ASD i my opinion refers to people who have neurologically based processing irregularities that are functionally impairing -next dsm will likely get to the genetic basis that leads to difficulty with digestion and access to necessary nutrients. ...Read more

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Does bipolar I have comorbidity with adhd, ocd, or gad? I have all the aforementioned, & the one thing i'm not is a hypochondriac. Any insight?

Does bipolar I have comorbidity with adhd, ocd, or gad? I have all the aforementioned, & the one thing i'm not is a hypochondriac. Any insight?

Bipolar Disorder: BD: Patients with bd are at higher risk (50% lifetime incidence) for many anxiety subtypes, including generalized anxiety disorder, simple phobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ptsd, & panic disorder. Adhd very commonly comorbid with bd but also often misdiagnosed or confused with bd. Evaluation & management by skilled clinician is essential for best function. ...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


Comorbidity (Definition)

In medicine, comorbidity is either the presence of one or more disorders (or diseases) in addition to a primary disease or disorder, or the effect of such ...Read more