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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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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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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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Does my chauvanism and cruelty towards women have to do with my bi polar or aspergers?

Attitudes vs disease: We have no fence inside us to keep things from influencing each other. Attitudes are learned and culturally sanctioned. Diseases are physical, some genetically based. A certain attitude may be a comfortable fit for certain person who suffers from a certain disease, but so might a very different attitude. I doubt you can hold a disease responsible but since you ask, you may be able to change. Best! ...Read more

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Bi-polar, aspergers. Huge weight gain last 6 months. Taken of sleeping aids. Therapist/nuitritionist suggest k2 & calm for sleep.

Bi-polar, aspergers. Huge weight gain last 6 months. Taken of sleeping aids. Therapist/nuitritionist suggest k2 & calm for sleep.

Psychiatric review: Before running down the sleep supplement route when on medication is it always wise to talk to the prescribing psychiatrist - some supplements can be problematic depending on your meds - and too many cooks spoil the broth. Some psychiatric meds can cause weight gain - this should all be reviewed medically. ...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