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How Can I 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 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
Bipolar Disorder: The best is to meet a psychiatrist for an evaluation as there may be online surveys and checklist but these are just screening tools and can not replace a good evaluation.Lot of mood symptoms can be seen as depression or bipolar so please dont have a self diagnosis or what friends say get help asap.Its really helpful with new gen meds and treatment options. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Discuss symptoms: Explain the symtoms that you are experiencing that are of concern. ...Read more
When it's serious: It would be importand to tell a possible permanent partner of any health issues you have and how it's treated. It's been my experience that bipolar can often be well treated with therapy and medications with little evidence of any impairment in social, emotional or occupational areas. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When should I tell someone i'm dating that I have bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder?
If It's Important: If you are involved in a casual relationship then there may be no need to discuss this issue. However, if you see this relationship becoming more serious, and if you want this person to have a meaningful role in your life, then you need to tell him/her. ...Read more
Mania/depression: Bipolar disorder or manic depressive illness is a mental illness characterized by manic episodes of 3 days or more of decreased need for sleep, elevated self esteem, and increased productive activity and depressive episodes of 2 weeks or more of unexplained sadness, decreased self esteem, lack of interest in pleasurable activities, decreased ability to make decisions, and lack of motivation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no way to : Provide comprehensive info in 400 characters or less. But- take medications as directed. No changing doses on your own or skipping doses. No alcohol or other substances of abuse. Consistently get adequate sleep - no all nighters. Go to bed the same time each night. Wake the same time each am. Avoid excessive stress. Avoid tobacco ; caffeine. Find a good therapist ; a good psychiatrist. ...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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