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How can I know if I have bipolar disorder?

How can I know if I have bipolar disorder?

Psychiatric Eval.: Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood ...Read more

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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


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How can I tell if I have bi-polar disorder?

How can I tell if I have bi-polar disorder?

Ask: Lots of people wonder if a difficulty they face is due to a disorder. Don't be shy in asking your physician for an opinion - this might save you from bigger problems down the road. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

How to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

Mood swings: Take the online mdq (mood disorder questionnaire).Mood disorder questionnaire - depression and bipolar support ... http://www.dbsalliance.org/pdfs/mdq.pdf read how to score it on the second page. If it sounds like you, then please see a psychiatrist and take a copy of the questionnaire with you so you can review it. Take a relative along or a friend for collatral info for more exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have bipolar?

How can I tell if I have bipolar?

Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I tell when you have bipolar disorder?

How can I tell when you have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Periods of agitation, grandiosity and lack of sleep, alternating with periods of sadness & lack of energy and appetite changes, basically highs & lows. ...Read more

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How can I tell my doctor I think I may have bipolar disorder?

How can I tell my doctor I think I may have bipolar disorder?

The best way: Is to simply speak to your doctor about bipolar and why you are concerned about this diagnosis. He will be able to help you get a referral to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medication if he agrees that you have bipolar. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can know if I have borderline personality disorder?

Can you tell me how i can know if I have borderline personality disorder?

Psychiatric Eval: Feel empty often? Impulsive? Intense anger? Marked mood swings? Suicidal thoughts / behaviors? Self mutilation? Frantic efforts to avoid losing people in your life? Intense ; unstable relationships? Difficulty figuring out who you are? Feel like others are out to get you or just lose time when stressed? Diagnostic ; statistical manual of psychiatry lists diagnostic criteria. Talk more with dr. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have dependant personality disorder?

How can I tell if I have dependant personality disorder?

Psych Evaluation: The diagnostic and statistic manual of mental disorders defines dependent personality disorder as a pervasive and excessive need to be taken care of that leads to submission and clinging behavior and fears of separation. A diagnosis is made after a complete evaluation by a qualified mental health professional. You can find internet questionnaires that may be suggestive of the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how i can know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

Can you tell me how i can know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

I would not try to: Self - diagnose a personality disorder. Encourage you to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bipolar disorder?

You may know that: Bipolar disorder manifests in extreme mood swings between depression and mania/hyperactivity. Some folks are more hyper and some more depressed. The cycle can be very quick or span over days. A licensed mental health professional can diagnose and treat you. It's best to go to someone who has a lot of experience w/this. Your family doc can refer you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have antisocial personality disorder?

How can I tell if I have antisocial personality disorder?

Antisocial?: What are your symptoms?. Have u been evaluated by a mental health professional & was informed u might have it? ...Read more

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Can I have bipolar disorder, how can I know?

Can I have bipolar disorder, how can I know?

The best way to know: Is via a psychiatric evaluation. There may be symptoms of depression, mania ; hypomania. Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, . ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have multiple personality disorder?

How can I tell if I have multiple personality disorder?

Get an evaluation: To be confident that you know what your diagnosis is (if you have one) it's best to be seen by a psychiatrist or psychologist. They can perform an evaluation of your symptoms and overall functioning. Multiple personality disorder (now called dissociative identity disorder) occurs at a rate of .01% to 1% of the general population. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a bipolar disorder?

The best way: Is to speak with a therapist about bipolar and why you are concerned about this diagnosis. You can also read about the disorder and see if you feel it fits you. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have paranoid schizophrenia?

How can I tell if I have paranoid schizophrenia?

See psychiatrist: because it is hard if not impossible to diagnose yourself. Many symptoms of schizophrenia are not apparent to the person suffering from schizophrenia. Self-diagnosis may be misleading. ...Read more

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How will i know if I have conquered bipolar disorder?

How will i know if I have conquered bipolar disorder?

Acceptance: "conquering" bipolar d/o means becoming very aware of your own wellness patterns, first signs of a manic or depressive episode in you -- & having a plan "in case." also you know exactly what your needs are for rest, exercise, diet, etc so that you keep your system stable. You know your medications, their effects, and you work w/your psychiatrist & therapist so you can enjoy your life. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have ADHD or bipolar disorder?

How do I know if I have ADHD or bipolar disorder?

Could be both: Adhd & bipolar disorder are conditions that require expert intervention for diagnosis & treatment. A person could have either or both at the same time (comorbid conditions). Bd are usually more rageful, irritable, aggressive & angry. Bd folks cycle through moods such as depression or extreme happiness (euphoria or mania). Adhd folks tend not to be that way. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

How can I know if I have a learning disorder?

Requires Testing: A formal diagnosis of learning disorder requires a psychological evaluation that includes educational testing. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

You can't.: Psychotic symptoms are hallmarks of schizophrenia, but they are symptoms that can occur in many illnesses. First make an appointment with your family doctor and if medically cleared, make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area to help you figure this out. You have nothing to loose and potentially so much to gain! ...Read more

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How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

How can I know if I have schizophrenia?

Psychiatric eval: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...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, ...Read more