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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
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
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
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,
Not impossible: But i would highly recommend getting professional help. Some individuals have more serious and persisting symptoms or patterns of bipolarity than others and may benefit from professional help. Reading and learning tools/strategies is a vital part of treatment either with or without professional help. But because of the severity of the disorder, professional help is warranted. ...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
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