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Do Bipolar People Have Bipolar Children
It's complicated: The short answer is yes, it feels good for people with bipolar to be manic, especially after being depressed. But mania is very destructive and can be devastating to the most meaningful aspects of a persons life. It is often a challenge for people with bipolar to believe that genuine happiness is truly better than mania, but it is. If they stick with treatment they will get it. ...Read more
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
If people that have schizophrenia are schizophrenic & people that have autisum are autistic, how about people (like me) that have bipolar disorder?
Bipolar: I cannot think of any other term that is used other than bipolar or manic-depressive. ...Read more
Excellent question: But not fully understood. (see neuropsychopharmacology: the fifth generation of progress, chapter 79, downloadable). In bipolar, signal transduction is more variable than in euthymia. Lithium stabilizes the transduction "rule" & circadian fxns. Antidepressants appear (intracellular) to enlarge signal amplitude. In a vulnerable individual, this increase tips the balance into a manic state. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: Schizophrenia affects 1% of the general population. All walks of life are affected. That includes those who are religious as well as those who are not. It is possible for a person with schizophrenia to believe they hear god talking to them. In fact, I have had many patients who believed that they were jesus christ. Interestingly, often when such people are treated, they no longer believe it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do autistic people or people with aspergers have personality disorders or are they neurodivergent?
Who's counting?: "neurotics" are troubled. "personality disorder" people are troublesome. Cyclothymia's moods are cruel. The autism spectrum disorder folks are equally hard for the rest of the world to understand, & these individuals often suffer terribly. But a wisely-focused aspie who learns to be a diplomat becomes useful and likable. Not everything a pathologist or psychiatrist describes need be "disease". ...Read more
Borderline Empathy: Yes, in fact sometimes people with this struggle have uncanny empathy but other times, when they are hurt, their empathy goes out the window as they seek justice for what they believe they have endured. In essence they can display the capacity for empathy on the one hand and at other times seem devoid of the ability to enter the other person;s world. Best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
People has learning disabilities who thoses do not have epilepsy and others do have epilepsy what's the difference?
Epilepsy & learning: For some children, seizures interfere with attention, which makes it difficult for them to learn. Normally this occurs with childhood absence seizures. They may appear so subtle they are not noticed. There are many other causes of difficulty with learning, One must not assume seizures are the cause. Teachers may recognize some of the causes of learning disabilities. ...Read more
Not Common: Many of the difficulties associated with oppositional defiant disorder could be seen in a child with bipolar disorder. So, if a child truly has bipolar disorder, it will be best to explain the defiance and temper outbursts as part of the bipolar disorder, as opposed to using a separate diagnosis. When possible, it is always best to try to explain things with as few diagnoses as possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Legal Question: This is a legal, not a medical question. In most instances diagnosis is less important than behaviors. Usually if the person is a responsible and caring parent they will be considered for custody. For a more certain answer you should consult a family practice attorney in your legal jurisdiction. ...Read more
Professional Only: Treatment is strictly left to the professionals. A nonprofessional has no business in even attempting any treatment whatsoever. ...Read more
Certainly can: Concerta is a long-acting for of methylphenidate, a stimulant. Stimulants have been well studied in children and increasingly studied in adolescents and adults. They improve attention, decrease activity levels, and improve impulse control in 65-85% of those with adhd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: At least not as a part of the cyclothymic disorder. In cyclothymic disorder both the highs and lows are too mild to result in psychotic symptoms including delusions. ...Read more
Maybe: Folks with bipolar mania often have, as a consequence of their disorder, an increase in goal directed activities. This can be anything from gambling to sexual indiscretions to unbridled shopping sprees and yes-even internet addiction. If any behavior is such that it is leading to adverse consequences for a person, then the person owes it to themselves to seek appropriate help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes they might: In my experience in treating people with asperger's disorder, they seem to science in a proportion similar to or perhaps slightly higher than the general population. But they may also dislike it, just like a person in the general population. ...Read more
Raising children can: Be both challenging and fun. Bipolar disorder is associated with ups and downs in mood. Understanding the disorder and recognizing triggers for relapses are important in helping to successfully raise a family. Having friends and family who can give respite during times of stress will be helpful.The goal is to raise happy children who see you simply as "mom" and not as "bipolar" mom. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: The incidence of bipolar is dependent on family history. If a close relative has bpd, then the chances increase for the child. Prevalence rates in us are about 2-3%. If either parent has bipolar disorder the incidence increases dramatically. See http://www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. Also the balanced mind association http://www.Thebalancedmind.Org/. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Warmly by age: Each child has a particular maturity. Address yourself using this as your guide. A younger child will understand ''medicine'', being ill . More mature child will appreciate more details such as ''mood'', ''feelings'', have a really good doctor, ''will be with me, us for a long time''. Do make sure you allow each to feel you are available for concerns & questions. And each is safe & loved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very high: The genetic component of bipolar disorder has not been fully worked out and there are a lot of variables that effect whether a gene is expressed even if it is present, but family studies show a high rate of transmissibility. By traditional genetic models, the rate of transmission would be 25-50% depending on the mode of inheritance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One reason is that: BP disorder in children usually first looks like ADHD, which in my opinion is on the more mild end of the same spectrum. Three questions need to be asked to differentially diagnose ADHD from BP. They have to do with focus when mood is normal, being disorganized only when mood is abnormal, and emotional dysregulation (can't stop the mood in a timely manner). You need a prof. to do this well. ...Read more
Depends: If there is one parent with bipolar disorder, the likelihood of a child having polar disorder is 5%. If both parents have bipolar disorder the risk goes up to 30%. If there is a sibling with bipolar disorder, and one parent the risk for the other siblings is 15%. Finally in identical twins, if one twin has bipolar disorder, the other twin has a 65-80% chance of developing bipolar disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Children under six: are generally not diagnosed with BP disorder, because their symptoms vary widely. There are exceptions, like severe cases, in which case meds may help (along with lots of therapy for the child and family). Meds have side effects, some of which are severe. A child psychiatrist is the best professional to monitor the meds, but in general use caution when giving children these strong meds. ...Read more
Parents: One of the reasons children are required to have guardians is that they are incapable of making the decisions that they need to make in order to be responsible adults. It's even harder when they have illnesses like bipolar disorder. Accordingly, it is our responsibility as parents or guardians to make sure they are doing what they need to do. It's your job to make sure he's taking his meds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have bipolar disorder type 1. What are the chances of me passing it on to my children. My grandfther had bipolar type 1 aswell.
Available studies: Genetic transmission of bipolar disorder is not complete -- your children do not automatically develop the disease that you have. Some studies have shown that with 1 bipolar parent, there is 15% risk in kids' developing the illness; with both parents, it goes up to 30%. So there's a greater chance that your children won't be bipolar, than that they will. Healthy lifestyle helps too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar: Sure. A good evaluation by a child psychiatrist will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Complicated answer: Most commonly, symptoms don't manifest until late teens or early twenties. Children who are diagnosed as bipolar can be very energetic, have less need for sleep, temper tantrums and aggression are out of range for the precipitant. They can also be grandiose and inappropriately sexual for their age. Often the first episode in a child is depression. Caution i f there is a family hx of bp. ...Read more
Good Question: The whole issue of bipolar disorder in children is controversial, mostly because what we call bipolar disorder in children tends to look different than with adults. Chidlren with bipolar disorder tend to be more irritable, and their moods tend to be more fluctuating or mixed. There are not usually the clear cycles of mania and depression that occur more with teens and adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chaos of Chaos: Children are developing in an environment that has an impact on their behavior. Having a mental disorder means there is something wrong with the individual's development. The controversy is that it is difficult to tell if a child's behavior is the result of bad biology or a chaotic environment that supports the behavior as adaptive. Brain development is altered by Meds, but not clear how long. ...Read more
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