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Loved Ones With 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more
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
Yes and no.: Does "better" mean improved or cure? There is no cure. If you have it, you have it for life. One has mood swings so one could get better with or without medication. Medication can improve the swings and also prevent them. The major problem with a Biploar is their going into denial when in a normal phase and stopping their medication. Patients who don't go into denial and continue to take the ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Having bipolar disease which is under control is very helpful. If however you have had several hospitalizations, it may be an impediment. I have several patients with bipolar wh have had babies or adopted and been wonderful parents. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Manic depressive disorder is also known as Bipolar disorder. 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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