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Could bipolar disorder change your appetite?

Could bipolar disorder change your appetite?

Yes - Treatment Also: Yes, people with bipolar disorder can have shifts in their appetite that can lead to either weight loss or weight gain. At the same time, medicines that are used to treat bipolar disorder can also affect appetite, so this needs to be monitored as well. ...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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Bipolar disorder: does change of environment affect the behavior of a person?

Bipolar disorder: does change of environment affect the behavior of a person?

Possibly: People with bipolar disorder may be more sensitive to change. However, the actual episodes of depression or mania are not necessarily triggered by anything. It is always best to get appropriate treatment to maintain a more stable lifestyle. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are the mood changes in bipolar disorder brought on by certain things or do they happen randomly?

Can you tell me are the mood changes in bipolar disorder brought on by certain things or do they happen randomly?

Both: Stress can exacerbate the course of illness in bipolar disorder. Sources vary...Financial, relationship, other health conditions, occupation, academics. Episodes can also occur in the absence of stress. This is more likely later in the course of illness. ...Read more

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Do the hormone changes duringmenstrual cycles affect people with bipolar disorder more?

Do the hormone changes duringmenstrual cycles affect people with bipolar disorder more?

Not Usually: Some women with bipolar disorder can have increased difficulties associated with their menstrual cycles, but this does not occur the large majority of the time. ...Read more

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For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

For what reasons was the term manic-depression changed to bipolar disorder?

Good reasons: Here is a complete answer to your question: http://bipolar.About.Com/od/definingbipolardisorder/a/manic_depression_changes_names.Htm. Manic – depression was used to describe many types of conditions, not just those falling under the bipolar spectrum disorder umbrella. It was a stigmatizing label. The diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorders are sharply defined & the term is less pejorative. ...Read more

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I have bipolar disorder. I stopped medication and go to psychotherapy but still it's very hard for me to control my mood changes. Any advice please?

Go back on meds: Bipolar disorder is very hard to adequately treat without the use of medications to help correct the imbalance of neurotransmitters in your brain. Both counselling/psychotherapy and medicines have important roles. ...Read more

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Dry eyes? I've been on numerous medications for my bipolar disorder and in result I've gotten dry eyes if i change or stop meds will it go away?

Dry eyes? I've been on numerous medications for my bipolar disorder and in result I've gotten dry eyes if i change or stop meds will it go away?

Yes: It would be best not to stop your medication. Switching too a medication with fewer anticholinergic side effects would help. A psychiatrist could help you with this. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?

Seek consultation: No diagnosis can be made without careful review of his history and examination. Certainly mood changes and irritability can be related to bipolar, but irritability is also a primary symptom of depression. Nightmares or vivid dreams can be related to medications or anxiety. If current treatment is not working formal psychological testing/consultation can help with differential diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could a teen develop bipolar disorder?

Yes: Yes, and recent evidence suggest that, in fact, teenage years might be the most common time of onset of bipolar disorder. ...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