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What to do if facing divorce of schizoaffective bipolar spouse?

What to do if facing divorce of schizoaffective bipolar spouse?

Divorce: Divorce can be very traumatic even when both parties have good mental health. Sometimes couples therapy can help the couple to deal with changes in the their relation and to keep the divorce amicable. Self- care is also essential. Take care. ...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


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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder)?

It is hard to know: Without more details. What makes you think they might have this disorder? You can read more about the disorder and see if their personality fits the description, but we can't make that diagnosis online without meeting the perdon. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has bpd (borderline personality disorder), and she wants to meet someone else with bpd?

My girlfriend has bpd (borderline personality disorder), and she wants to meet someone else with bpd?

Try online support : Try online support groups for bpd or a local in person support group. Many hospitals have them good luck & let us know how it goes. ...Read more

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Ever seen a schizoid fibromyalgic, anxious and depress man with ptsd. Husband, father of an addh girl. Teacher with dermatillomania and gynecomastia?

Ever seen a schizoid fibromyalgic, anxious and depress man with ptsd. Husband, father of an addh girl. Teacher with dermatillomania and gynecomastia?

Well, no not exactly: Sounds like a lot going on. But, it is actually common to have multiple psychiatric conditions at the same time. So don't fear that you are terminally unique in this matter. You are on Cymbalta (duloxetine) - but are you receiving psychotherapy? Cognitive processing therapy or the more generalized cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful for you. Take care. ...Read more

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What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

What causes a person to commit child abuse/molestation? My moms father&brother sexually abused younger now suffers from schizophrenia/bipolar.

Many things: Such a painful situation here. Many people who abuse or molest children were themselves abused . . . . Thus perpetuating a generational crime against younger (and less powerful) kids in the family. The key is to shift the victim to survivor through timely treatment, as was probably not done for the perpetrator. Sometimes when the child "tells, " she or he is not believed, either. Tragic. ...Read more

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Does my cousin have bipolar disorder if she's been married and divorced 4 times?

Does my cousin have bipolar disorder if she's been married and divorced 4 times?

It's Possible: In and of itself, divorce does not automatically mean that someone has bipolar disorder. However, characteristics of bipolar disorder include impulsivity and risk-taking behaviors, including poor decisions in relationships. So, in someone who has been divorced 4 times, the possibility of bipolar disorder should be considered. Obviously, this diagnosis would require other symptoms as well. ...Read more

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How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships

Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidance and support. Be sure to make time for yourself. Connect with others for help. Look into NAMI or local support groups: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers . I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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HELP! My 64' 96lb sister was just hospitalized. She has anorexia, depression, anxiety, OCD, self harms, and suicidal ideation. When will she get out?

HELP! My 64' 96lb sister was just hospitalized. She has anorexia, depression, anxiety, OCD, self harms, and suicidal ideation. When will she get out?

Good Question : Hospitalization is needed when there are safety concerns. Your sister's doctor and treatment team at the hospital will evaluate her on a continuous basis and then decide when she will be safe for discharge. Lengths of stay vary and are on an individual basis. Once she is safe for discharge, she will need close monitoring in the outpatient setting. Your sister needs your love and support. ...Read more

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My mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

My mother with alzheimer's keeps having temper tantrums over staff care?

Behavior is common: Many people with dementia are confused and have trouble understanding what people say to them so this can lead to agitation or aggression with personal cares. There are behavioral interventions that can often lesson this but if there is significant aggression, medications may be needed. A geriatric psychiatrist can help you, if one is available. ...Read more

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I think I have a borderline personality disorder: i self harm, had 2 suicidal attempts. My moods fluctuate, i hate myself, have an avoidant personalit?

I think I have a borderline personality disorder: i self harm, had 2 suicidal attempts. My moods fluctuate, i hate myself, have an avoidant personalit?

Good Tx available: First of all it's best to not self diagnose. See a clinical psychologist and/or psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment. If you do have bpd, there are highly effective treatments. Mindfulness approaches like dbt and energy psychology can be beneficial with the right therapist. Certain medications are also helpful. ...Read more

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My dad has got bi polar disorder, schizo effective disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression. Is it hereditary? I've had severe depression too.

My dad has got bi polar disorder, schizo effective disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression. Is it hereditary? I've had severe depression too.

Increased risk: Many forms of mental illness share genetic overlap and can be passed down, although there is no one mental illness gene and even people with the same genetic makeup can have very different expressions of disease or be completely normal. Forms of autism, adhd, bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia have similar genetic variations in calcium channels such as cacna1c among other genes. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Engaged to my boyfriend. I love him. But I emotionally bully him and sometimes pinch him. Never mad. ?

Diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Engaged to my boyfriend. I love him. But I emotionally bully him and sometimes pinch him. Never mad. ?

Get help now!: People with BPD commonly have miserable love relationships because of the type of symptoms you describe. There are several effective psychotherapies, dialectic behavioral therapy being the best studied. The best move would be to get help now rather than waiting until your BPD makes a mess of your relationship. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is having reckless behavior.. Is he manic?

My boyfriend is having reckless behavior.. Is he manic?

Both treatable: 1) for reckless driver, take keys with you as you leave now. 2) now let him go to a psychiatrist; lithium is cheap & boy does it help mania. But what are we going to about you hooking up with a reckless guy. Not your first, huh? I'm thinking not-reckless consultation with a psychiatrist for this ''habit'' of yours. Really. ...Read more

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Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Please suggest a positive (work?)book to help: born w/adhd, years of physical/emotion/sexual abuse by parent, now has c ptsd, bipolar 2, & borderline.

Possibility: This sounds like an extremely complex situation that would benefit more from working individually with an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist. However, the mind-body workbook for ptsd by block(s) may be a nice accompaniment to your own more individualized therapy. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I have severe bi-polar disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, ocd. Don't like humanity. Strange interests, help?

I have severe bi-polar disorder, depression, anger, anxiety, ocd. Don't like humanity. Strange interests, help?

Warmline: You can try to call the warmline in your area. Check out warmline, com for someone to talk to about your problems. You should see a psychologist and a psychiatrist asap. ...Read more

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Will my boyfriend ever get over his phobia of marriage from his parents divorce?

Will my boyfriend ever get over his phobia of marriage from his parents divorce?

Can he or will he?: That's the real question. Does he even believe there is a problem. Maybe he has other reasons for avoiding marriage, if that's what he is doing. What makes you believe he can't or isn't getting over it? Have you asked? What does he say about his parent's marriage? If he can't get a grip on it he may need professional help. Is he even interested in marriage? Can you wait for him to get insight? ...Read more

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I told my psychiatrist that I had manic depression tx with lithium 25 years ago, suicidal. Now he said I have cyclothymia.?

I told my psychiatrist that I had manic depression tx with lithium 25 years ago, suicidal.  Now he said I have cyclothymia.?

Second opinion: As we have answered this question before, I am not sure what more to say. If you are uncomfortable with the diagnosis, i hope you will either address this with you provider, and/or get a second opinion. As i noted before, one advantage is that both conditions are treated in a similar manner and exist along a spectrum. ...Read more

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Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder), how to know?

Could my friend have npd (narcissistic personality disorder), how to know?

The best way for: Your friend to know if she or he has a narcissistic personality disorder is via psychiatric or psychological evaluation. Self diagnosis and diagnosis of friends can be fraught with error. Take care. ...Read more

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Bipolar..see new Doc dec1st. Think havin mental breakdown.feel hopeless, uncontrollable outburts, crying, sad, want to go away.feel loosing it.

Bipolar disorder: is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more