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How Can I Tell 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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