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When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder?

When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder?

When it's serious: It would be importand to tell a possible permanent partner of any health issues you have and how it's treated. It's been my experience that bipolar can often be well treated with therapy and medications with little evidence of any impairment in social, emotional or occupational areas. ...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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When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?

If It's Important: If you are involved in a casual relationship then there may be no need to discuss this issue. However, if you see this relationship becoming more serious, and if you want this person to have a meaningful role in your life, then you need to tell him/her. ...Read more

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Can someone with bipolar disorder be a day care teacher?

Can someone with bipolar disorder be a day care teacher?

Reply: Yes you can be unless your bipolar disorder is not affecting your everyday functionality and you are under regular care of a psychiatrist and taking the right medicine. ...Read more

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Can someone with Bipolar Disorder with the right medication, be a school teacher?

Yes, if medication: is keeping your moods balanced you could be a school teacher. People with bipolar can work and live productive lives, although at times it can be challenging. Stay in psychotherapy and keep meeting with a psychiatrist to monitor your medication. ...Read more

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How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

See Below: Learn how to manage stress, how to become aware of symptoms, how to take care of yourself, learn good sleep hygiene; and most of all, work toward learning what triggered your initial episode. Having a "crisis card" -- with names of people to call, things to do, your supports will also be helpful. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

Healthy diet: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol & caffeinated beverages. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

The same foods: that are good for people without BP disorder. Try the basics: vegetables, organic products (if you can afford them), a good mix of proteins, carbos and fats (depending upon which diet philosophy you like), low cholesterol foods, gluten-free products if you are allergic, and stay away from preservatives, sugar, artificial food colorings and any other unnatural additives. ...Read more

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How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

How can  a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Why should someone with bipolar disorder take a mood stabalyzer with an antidepressant?

Why should someone with bipolar disorder take a mood stabalyzer with an antidepressant?

Mania: Giving a bipolar patient only antidepressants could send him/her into manic episodes which has potentially serious consequences, including psychosis and severe risk-taking behavior. Major depressive episodes is a component of bipolar disease and you need antidepressants to treat for that, not just mood stabilizer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...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