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How might i go about finding a natural remedy doctor for bipolar disorder?

How might i go about finding a natural remedy doctor for bipolar disorder?

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 more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

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


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How long does it take for a doctor to diagnose bipolar disorder on a new patient?

How long does it take for a doctor to diagnose bipolar disorder on a new patient?

Minutes: Criteria is very straightforward even for whoever is not a specialist; experienced psychiatrists can consider and rule it out or in, within a few seconds in most cases. ...Read more

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How can I talk to a doctor about suspected, bipolar disorder?

How can I talk to a doctor about suspected, bipolar disorder?

Discuss concerns: w/doc. BPD is, in my opinion, over-diagnosed today. Just mention your symptoms. There are other possibilities. A mental health professional is best in your case. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test bipolar disorder?

Get evaluated: See your mental health provider to get evaluated. A series of questions and behavior observations and if needed a psychological evaluation will help them make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose bipolar disorder in teenagers?

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

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How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

How can  a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

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

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Wanted to know where can I go to find a doctor who specializes in bipolar disorder or adolescent medicine?

Wanted to know where can I go to find a doctor who specializes in bipolar disorder or adolescent medicine?

Your PCP: I would talk with your family doctor. They usually know who the best physicians in the area are and they can then make a referral. I usually don't trust internet rating sites. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

What do doctors do to test for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Thorough evaluation to include personal & family history, presenting symptoms, past medical & psychiatric history, school or work functioning, mental status exam, and battery of testing to rule in/rule out mood disorders. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended anti-depressant for bipolar disorder?

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

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

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