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Search ABIHM/ACAM: For reputable organizations of doctors who use natural approaches: the american board of integrative holistic medicine (http://www.Abihm.Org/search-doctors) american college of advancement in medicine (http://www.Acamnet.Org) & national center for homeopathy: http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.Org/resources/practitioners many of these doctors will use natural approaches for bipolar disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
History/physical: Just as with adults, the diagnosis is made by getting thorough history of symptoms from patient, friends and family members. We use a screening questionnaire called the cbq (childhood bipolar questionairre) to guide our assessment. The trick is finding someone familiar with child/teen versions of bipolar disorder, and also ruling out other physical or behavioral disorders as the cause of symptoms. ...Read more
Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present. ...Read more
Wanted to know where can I go to find a doctor who specializes in bipolar disorder or adolescent medicine?
All these medications, but no diagnosis? I'm 22, and suffer from depression, and anxiety. When i see my doctor, he usually writes "bipolar disorder" across my file, but tells me I do not have bipolar disorder. He has had me on several medications includin
TBD: Will be best determined by evaluation with psychiatrist who can address your specific issues and make best recommendation. That is a process and it should be specific to your case. ...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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