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Do I Have Bipolar Disorder Or Depression
I have been diagnosed with chronic depression but i suspect I have bipolar disorder. I'm irritable easily, i change moods and have nighmares daily.?
Seek consultation: No diagnosis can be made without careful review of his history and examination. Certainly mood changes and irritability can be related to bipolar, but irritability is also a primary symptom of depression. Nightmares or vivid dreams can be related to medications or anxiety. If current treatment is not working formal psychological testing/consultation can help with differential diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
I have depression, OCD and anxiety disorder.Do I have bipolar disorder too?I have varied moods from extremely sad to happy to very angry and irritable.
Too many labels: If you have bipolar disorder you can eliminate the depressive diagnosis because it includes that. The only way for a diagnosis to me made it with the help of a mental health professional. Please see on to get the support you need. Peace and good health. Medicine alone is probably not enough. Cognitive behavioral therapy may help also. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mood: They are related in that they are both mood disorders. In other words, both affect emotions or moods. Treatment, however, is different in terms of medication. Bipolar usually requires a mood stabilizer; whereas, depression is usually treated with an antidepressant. Some times an antidepressant is added to a mood stabilizer, but it's uncommon for bipolar to be treated solely with an antidepressan. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bipolar: Bipolar experience extremes of mood changes from mania to depression. If you have episode of depression & prior similar episodes with no mania/hypomania, it is depression. If current episode is depressed & there is history of manic/hypomanic episodes, the diagnosis is more likely bipolar do, depressed type. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, technically but: Sometimes they are confused one with the other. When depression resists all antidepressant medication one has to think bipolar disorder, since in bipolar disorder individuals antidepressant meds often aggravate it. Major depression can evolve into bipolar disorder. Rarely bipolar can become major depression. Depression gets depression meds, bipolar - mood stabilizers & sometimes depression meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think i have depression and/or bipolar disorder. is there a way to tell if i do? i also NEED to lose 20 pounds in 2-3 weeks. how do i do that?
The 1st part's EASY: The 1st half of your question has an obvious answer.. See your friendly local Spider-Mental Health Specialist. They'll tell you if you have depression, BPD, GAD, etc. The 2nd half of your question? 20 lbs. in 2-3 weeks? Certainly can be done but not really safely nor efficiently. That's too much weight to drop and it won't stay off. For that much weight you should've started about 4-5 mo. ago. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depression symptoms: The main similarities occur when comparing the symptoms of depression to the depression phase of bipolar disorder. The symptoms can include a depressed mood, inability to concentrate, loss of energy, difficulty sleeping, and thoughts of suicide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Having bipolar disorder implies that you have two (bi) poles of the disorder which include depression and mania or hypo mania which is a milder form of mania. Bipolar depression only signifies which pole is predominant during that episode of the disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The essential feature in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a current or past manic or hypomanic episode. There are several variants of bipolar disorder. Some people only have manic episodes while others have mostly depressive episodes with only having had 1 manic or hypomanic episode at a single point in time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Evaluation: To get an accurate diagnosis you need to see your doctor. They may order blood tests to rule out any underlying medical illnesses that could be causing your symptoms (i.e. Thyroid disease). Once all medical reasons are ruled out, then a mental health evaluation of your symptoms can help clarify a diagnosis for accurate treatment. ...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
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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