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How do I know if I have a genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder?

How do I know if I have a genetic predisposition to bipolar disorder?

Family History: If you have a so-called first-degree relative (sibling, mother, or father), with bd your genetic "loading" for bd is higher than if you don't. However, lots of people have bd with no known family history; and, even if both your mother and father have bd, the risk that you will too still is only about 20%--way higher than the general population but not a sure thing. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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How to know if I have a bipolar disorder?

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 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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What to do if I have bipolar disorder?

Please get help.: Bipolar Disorder is treatable. Recommend comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If you do in fact have bipolar disorder a mix of psychotropic medications and talking therapy can be very helpful. Take care. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a psychological disorder?

How to know if I have a psychological disorder?

Like any other: concern, you need to see a licensed professional for a diagnosis and possible treatment. Clinical psychologists diagnose and treat, often using psychological tests. Peace and good health. ...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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What to do if i think i may have borderline personality disorder. How do I know?

What to do if i think i may have borderline personality disorder. How do I know?

Think -Are, not have: A personality is what you're like, not something you have or get. It's not a disease, but a way of being that doesn't work very well. Borderline people flip between extreme attitudes of positive ; negative on many, if not most things. It is hard for them to maintain anything for that reason. When they are pro, they love whatever it is, but it can and does change to con on a dime - and back again. ...Read more

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How do I know whether I have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

How do I know whether I have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia?

Thorough: psychiatric evaluation should be able to differentiate btwn. Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffectve disorder. However, it may take a while for a particular disorder to fully manifest it's self. ...Read more

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How do I know if I might have antisocial personality disorder?

How do I know if I might have antisocial personality disorder?

Lack of empathy/guil: Little concern about rules or morality no empathy 4 people's feelings little remorse or guilt--watch dexter 4 extreme example. ...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 to know if I have multiple personality disorder?

How to know if I have multiple personality disorder?

Blank spaces in: Memory, friends stating things you've said or done that you don't remember are suggestive of multiple personality disorder (presently called dissociative identity disorder). Those symptoms are also suggestive of other disorders so it is important for you to visit your doc or a mental health professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

How to tell if I have a personality disorder?

Think -Are, not have: A personality is what you're like, not something you have or get. It's not a disease, but a way of being that doesn't work very well. Borderline people flip between extreme attitudes of positive and negative on many, if not most things. It's hard for them to maintain anything for that reason. When they are pro, they love whatever it is, but it can and does change to con on a dime - and back again. ...Read more

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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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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 a social anxiety disorder?

How do I know if I have a social anxiety disorder?

Ask yourself: If you're afraid of doing something humiliating or embarrassing in front of people, such as meeting new people or eating or writing in public. Do you avoid or dread social situations in which others may observe you? Social anxiety usually starts in childhood or early adulthood. It occurs in about 11% of the U.S. Population. For a definite diagnosis, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How to know if I have schizotypal personality disorder or what?

Why do you ask?: Many people have various aspects of their personalities that are components of personality disorders. That does not mean they have a personality disorder. Do you believe that you are a person with unusual ways of thinking that others find odd? What gave you this idea? The best answer will come from an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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How to know if I have Parkinson's disorder?

How to know if I have Parkinson's disorder?

See a neurologist: Parkinson's disease is usually diagnosed by a neurologist. The diagnosis is made by a clinical examination. There are no specific blood tests or brain scans to make the diagnosis. The hallmark features are shaking (tremor) usually while relaxed, slowness of movement, stiffness, and difficulty with walking. Symptoms progress so a diagnosis may need to be made over time if unclear at first. ...Read more

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What to do if i think i might have bipolar of border personaility disorder?

What to do if i think i might have bipolar of border personaility disorder?

I think it would be: smart to find out one way or another. There can be significant overlap in symptoms or they may co-exist. Best not to guess. Psychiatric or psychological comprehensive evaluation can likely tease these apart. ...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 to know if I have a psychological disorder if i despised germs?

See a psychiatrist: Most people don't like germs since they bring a potential for illness. However, they are all around us. If a person is preoccupied with worry about germs, it suggests that they may have an obsessive compulsive disorder or perhaps another mental condition. In any case talking to a mental health professional is a good idea. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more