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I think my mom is bipolar. How can I get her help?

I think my mom is bipolar. How can I get her help?

Bipolar: Schedule her with mental health professional for evaluation. ...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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My mom gets bipolar disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets bipolar disorder, so am I likely to get it later?

Possibly: If your mother has bipolar disorder you are at a higher risk of having the same problem compared to the general population. At the same time, there is no guarantee that you will have bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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I feel like my mom is bipolar, and i may be also. How to tell?

I feel like my mom is bipolar, and i may be also. How to tell?

The best way to know: Is through a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis. When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation. ...Read more

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My mom has horrible bipolar and i need help to deal with this?

My mom has horrible bipolar and i need help to deal with this?

Bipolar Family Guide: I recommend the book "bipolar disorder: a guide for patients and families" by francis mark mondimore, M.D., baltimore, md: john hopkins university press, 1999 (or 2nd ed, 2006) available at amazon. ...Read more

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Is there a good chance I get a touch of bipolar since my mom was had it?

Yes: Bipolar disorder is a highly heritable condition. It varies in degree and in age at first episode, but i would suggest you see a psychiatrist to be evaluated as the earlier you get treatment the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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What to do if i think I have severe bipolar disorder.. How can I talk to my mom about it?

What to do if i think I have severe bipolar disorder.. How can I talk to my mom about it?

Get diagnosed: I would first schedule an appointment with your doctor. There is a possibility that you may not have bipolar disorder. I would still talk to your mom about it. Be direct, honest and express your concerns. She may be able to help by providing more of a family history on the subject. She can also be a good support. ...Read more

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I think i'm bipolar and my mom has scheduled me for an appointment. I read online that sometime you have to go to a therapist to get the medication?

Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a doctor of medicine (M.D.) who prescribes medications for disorders like bipolar disease. You will certainly need to see a psychiatrist but a therapist (typically a psychologist or social worker) can help you develop strategies for living with the disease and for making lifestyle changes that will help stabilize your mood. ...Read more

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My mom is bipolar and I have anxiety disorder. Is there a chance that i could also be bipolar? Is it genetic?

My mom is bipolar and I have anxiety disorder. Is there a chance that i could also be bipolar? Is it genetic?

Yes: There is a genetic predisposition for bipolar disorder. I cannot say whether or not you have such a predisposition. It is certainly possible that you have an anxiety disorder without being bipolar. A qualified psychologist or psychiatrist can determine what type of disorder you have and what you don't have. ...Read more

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My mom is bipolar/schizo & on o2 24/7.Her glucose has been around 250 & she's mentally wanting to cut, physically doing bad. Could this be the cause?

My mom is bipolar/schizo & on o2 24/7.Her glucose has been around  250 & she's mentally wanting to cut, physically doing bad. Could this be the cause?

Not usually: Usually, wanting to cut is not directly related to changes in blood glucose (or oxygen). Instead i wonder about her life situation, ongoing emotional triggers, medications she's prescribed (and whether she's taking them), other substance use, etc. Is she in psychotherapy? Along with her psychiatric illness, physical illness can bring anger ; despair; psychotherapy can provide tools to help. ...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