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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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Does everyone who has bipolar disorder also have rapid speech disorder?

Does everyone who has bipolar disorder also have rapid speech disorder?

When manic, probably: Bipolar disorder includes manic episodes. When manic, the person may speak very rapidly -- often jumping quickly from topic to topic, or associating by word sounds rather than their meanings. It can be hard to follow these conversations. Associations can become rapid and confusing enough to sound like gibberish, but the person is trying to communicate and can get increasingly irritable. ...Read more

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I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes uncontrollable speech if i run out or if i'm exhausted. What could be happening? Tourette's?

I take Abilify (aripiprazole) for bipolar disorder. It sometimes causes uncontrollable speech if i run out or if i'm exhausted. What could be happening? Tourette's?

Discuss w/ doctor: Who prescribed abilify (aripiprazole). There are tourette's pts who are given this to control that symptom. I suppose, like sometimes happens with newer drugs - symptoms may be elicited. Your doctor should be told about this in detail. A different drug or dose may relieve you. Also, try not to get exhausted. Bipolar (or any) psychiatric condition is worsened by fatigue. Talk therapy may help you find balance. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Tics: If they do, it could be more related to another nervous system disorder or effect of medications, not the bipolar illness per se. ...Read more

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What jobs for people with bipolar disorder actually work?

What jobs for people with bipolar disorder actually work?

Jobs: When looking for a job, it is important to consider the stress level it will entail and if you will be able to get sufficient sleep. High amounts of stress can cause a relapse in symptoms. Having a regular sleep schedule is important to keep one's symptoms stable. Working swing shift or very long hours could adversely affect your sleep and potentially trigger an episode. ...Read more

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Why is it that people with bipolar disorder are more emotional?

Yes and no: In a depressive state someone with bipolar disorder may actually be under-emotional. In a manic state or hypo manic state the person may simply show more signs of energy without necessarily being overly emotional. On the other hand we have all seen people in depression and mania who exhibit over emotionality. ...Read more

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Is it common for people with bipolar disorder to be narcissistic too?

Bipolar/Narcissism: The two share some features, especially grandiosity & inflated esteem, and they may coexist in same person. ...Read more

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Are people with bipolar disorder aware of it? Are they aware of it when they have mania?

Are people with bipolar disorder aware of it? Are they aware of it when they have mania?

Bipolar: Yes, they are very much aware of it, as much as they try to fight it by going off their meds, especially in manic states. In my opinion, both the doctor and the patient become students of the individual patient's mania, and what it means to the patient, and how to manage it, etc. ...Read more

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What kinds of mental therapies and exercises are there for people with bipolar disorder?

Mood swings: Manic depression, now known as bipolar disorder, is characterized by swings of mood, often extreme, and these swings can happen slowly or quickly, even several times during a day, especially if left unmedicated. Manic phases can even become psychotic. Imagine waking up feeling as though you can beat up the universe with your pinky finger, then a short time later feeling suicidal and despondent. ...Read more

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Can a person with bipolar disorder also have serious anxiety problem, how common is this?

Can a person with bipolar disorder also have serious anxiety problem, how common is this?

certainly: People with one psychiatric disorder very often have co-occurring disorders like bipolar disorder and anxiety. Such combinations are quite common. ...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


Rapid Speech (Definition)

If a person is talking really fast, too fast for the conversation, that can be an example of rapid speech. Too many words and ideas being expressed at once. Can be a ...Read more