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How Do People With Bipolar Act
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
They can: First, mental illness is quite common affecting around a quarter to a third of the population. Secondly, most folks with mental illnesses are not particularly violent. Next, it is true that a person with bipolar disorder may become irritable and volatile while their condition is not well controlled. Additionally, not all with that diagnosis actually have it. Finally, we should help those with it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Kindness: Dorthea dix spoke 2 state legislatures in the early 1900sabout the shameful conditions of the mentally ill who we're homeless in jails etc. Asylums were built to protect & nurture this population--now due to expense & protection of right to refuse rx pts r again homeless & in jails. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why different?: I'd think that people with adhd have similar motivations to most of us with respect to presenting a slightly (or greater) different persona to different audiences. How this takes form depends on what they think will work best. I can't come up with things peculiar to adhd. Maybe you can ask the person to help you understand. ...Read more
Depends on Severity: People with asperger's often become involved with romantic relationships, but this depends on how impaired they are in the area of social skills and relationships. Anyone who gets involved with a person with asperger's needs to be aware of their tendency towards quirky reactions along with a diminished awareness or regard for social cues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Excellent question: But not fully understood. (see neuropsychopharmacology: the fifth generation of progress, chapter 79, downloadable). In bipolar, signal transduction is more variable than in euthymia. Lithium stabilizes the transduction "rule" & circadian fxns. Antidepressants appear (intracellular) to enlarge signal amplitude. In a vulnerable individual, this increase tips the balance into a manic state. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Teaching 2 Live Well: Autism is a spectrum often with out intellectual deficits. It is so common we have many therapies. W/o impairment of intellect, autism is just another challenge like poor hearing, asthma, or OCD. No one wishes for these but therapy - behavioral tools or medications - is available. Using tools & finding abilities can allow everyone to thrive . NEGU Never Give Up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, see below: People with down's syndrome (trisomy 21) have genetically impaired intellectual function, i.e., low iq, and are also at greater risk to develop alzheimers type dementia, including at younger ages than others. Dementia is not the same as low iq, it's primarily a memory problem. Worsening memory in an adult with trisomy 21 can be evaluated with psychological testing. ...Read more
Risky, d/w your doc: The same medications as those without Bipolar: alpha-agonists, stimulants, atomoxetine, and antidepressants. As previously noted, such agents are usually only introduced when the person is not manic/hypomanic and they have appropriate mood stabilization on board. Lack of ongoing illicit substance use, and sleep regulation are also important. There would still be risks of activating a mood episode. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few tricks: Ataxia, or incoordination and gait imbalance, may be associated with acquired or inherited disease. A good physical therapist could provide gait training, and an occupational therapist could benefit arm incoordination. Canadian crutches, walkers, braces and splints may benefit. Wrist and ankle weights can stabilize. Rarely Buspirone might help. ...Read more
A bit philosphical..: In short: coming to acceptance is a lot of it, a therapist who offers guidance, and legal counsel if pursuing disability; yet maintaining the best life one has with an illness. After that, it's a matter of finding a place where you can feel productive, with or without financial compensation- although the money would be a nice additive. Being open to changing one's perspectives and expectations ta. ...Read more
Bipolar disorder : Some folks who had the episodic illness can have some sense of the phase of depression or mania starting usually there are red flags like sleep changes increases irritability intense emotional responses and lot more depending on individuals and course of illness.Mostly family members if observant can see the mood fluctuations coming always consult your psychiatrist may need med adjustment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Individually: Each has their individual emotional "tool box" where they go to to pick the appropriate "tools" for each situation. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If you did not have symptoms of ADHD as a child, have not had a brain injury or infection, you do not have ADHD. Start with your doctor to determine if you have a disorder mimicing ADHD, like hyperthyroidism, anxiety disorder or depression. You can seek an evaluation with a neurologist or psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tell someone: Depression sometimes causes one to become isolative and withdrawn making one a right target for bullies. Telling someone about the bullying and having a peer to go places with sometimes could reduce the bullying. You may also want to seek treatment for your depression if you are not in treatment right now. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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