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Do You Consider Bipolar Disorder To Be The Worst Mental Illness To Live With
No, it depends: What you may be dealing with may be very difficult for you. Have you heard of the national alliance for the mentally ill or nami? There may be a branch in your area and you could check. Nami is a support group for families of those with mental illnesses. It can be extremely tiring and frustrating trying to deal with someone who has a severe mental illness. I've used Risperdal consta with success. ...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
Yes: Historically, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have both been known as "severe mental illnesses". This wording can be important as receiving help from mental health centers sometimes is predicated upon meeting the definition of "severe mental illness". You used the word serious and bipolar disorder meets that definition too. The risk for suicide or homicide is what makes it so serious. ...Read more
How do you mean it?: I suppose the folks handling decisions are the best ones to ask, but i really can't imagine how severe bipolar disorder would not qualify as a disability - at least partial. However, many bi-polar people do work even though it is difficult. But, if you mean: can i hold an employer to blame for being diagnosed as bi-polar, probably not. ...Read more
No, but...: ...Bipolar is itself serious. If not properly treated, bipolar in its later stages cause severe deterioration in relationships and career. It then also has the highest risk of completed suicide of any mental condition. There exist combination diagnoses as well, in which another serious condition co-exists, but this is not really the change of one into another. Professional care is urgent regradless. ...Read more
Many: Anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorders 1&2, schizophrenia, personality disorders such as antisocial, borderline, and schizotypal are all some of the major ones we see. If you are concerned you have one of these or something else I highly suggest you talk to you doctor about them. I guarantee he/she will not think you are a strange or bad person. I wish you the best. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?
Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you have a mental illness from depression (add, bipolar, etc.) is it selfish to conceive and know your child may inherit some psychological disorder?
Wrong question: When you ask if it is "selfish, " you are asking for a moral or value judgment, not medical information. Is it "selfish" to conceive if there is (say) heart disease or cancer in your family? If you work long hours? If you are poor? Instead of asking if it is "selfish, " get real information-- what is the condition and how hereditary is it?-- and then make a decision that is right for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it normal to have more then one mental illness? Ex bipolar 1 mixed , .Ptsd, anorexia, .Substance abuse disorder,
I need to go see what mental disorder I have. I'm afraid I'm bipolar and embarrassed to admit to my symptoms?
Mental Disorder: Jenny, no need to be embarrassed. Doctors deal with this stuff everyday. It won't bother us and we don't share with anybody. Why don't you start with your regular doctor, tell him/her what is going on. If need be they can refer you to secondary care providers like therapists and psychiatrists if need be. It sounds like you don't want to feel like you do now, lets get it better, take that step ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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