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How can you tell if a person has bipolar disorder?

How can you tell if a person has bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made mostly due to the presence of specific symptoms or characteristics. The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified mental health professional. Sometimes, psychological tests can be helpful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other problems. ...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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Tell me symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Tell me symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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 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 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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Can you tell me how to manage bipolar disorder?

Can you tell me how to manage bipolar disorder?

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

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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Psychotropic meds: May include mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. There are numerous non-medication approaches as well (to include psychotherapy, cbt, family therapy, group therapy etc.). ...Read more

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What are the tell tale symptoms of bipolar disorder?

What are the tell tale symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Need psychiatric: eval to know. 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 ...Read more

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How would I be able to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

How would I be able to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

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 more

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Can you tell me which foods are good for bipolar disorder?

Can you tell me which foods are good for bipolar disorder?

Depends on question: If by "good" you mean therapeutic, i.e. Foods that help control or treat bipolar disorder - unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that any food being therapeutic. Mood-stablizing medications remain the foundation of treatment, though some small studies suggest that certain dietary supplements (e.g. Omega-3 fatty acids) when added to such meds, might give some benefit. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to manage childhood bipolar disorder?

Could you tell me ways to manage childhood bipolar disorder?

With a professional: There is no one easy answer to your question. Childhood bipolar disorder is complex because the mood instability shifts so quickly, and many of the medications used have affects on growth. You need to work in concert with a child psychiatrist and pediatrician to maximize therapy while monitoring and minimizing side effects, and who are able to guide you through working with the school as well. ...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