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Help please! Is bipolar disorder real or it just an excuse for people to act crazy?

Help please! Is bipolar disorder real or it just an excuse for people to act crazy?

It is real: Bipolar disorder is a genuine illness in the brain that often causes great suffering to that person and that person's loved ones. Someone can pretend to have bipolar as an excuse to act out, sure. But that does not mean bipolar is not real. Check out the book entitled 'an unquiet mind'. ...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


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Can bipolar people, who refuse their medication, really think they act normal all the time and think that going to a doctor is a waste of time?

Can bipolar people, who refuse their medication, really think they act normal all the time and think that going to a doctor is a waste of time?

Bipolar: Tough question!
Please make an appointment to see a PSYCHOLOGIST as soon as you can!
Please don't ignore that request from me, and let me know how things go. ...Read more

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If someone in a bipolar manic episode threatens to kill you, will the carry out the act?

If someone in a bipolar manic episode threatens to kill you, will the carry out the act?

Can't be sure: While the mentally ill on the whole are not especially prone to violence, any explicit threat must be taken seriously — especially from someone with obviously poor judgment. A person at risk for endangering himself or others (eg, threatening to kill) due to a mental disorder can be held for a psychiatric evaluation and protective custody. Call 911 if you feel unsafe. ...Read more

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If someone in a bipolar manic episode threatens to kill you, will they carry out the act?

If someone in a bipolar manic episode threatens to kill you, will they carry out the act?

Can't be sure: While the mentally ill on the whole are not especially prone to violence, any explicit threat must be taken seriously — especially from someone with obviously poor judgment. A person at risk for endangering himself or others (eg, threatening to kill) due to a mental disorder can be held for a psychiatric evaluation and protective custody. Call 911 if you feel unsafe. ...Read more

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I'm bipolar. Is it common for a person to act and feel drunk when they drink soda or lemonade?

I'm bipolar. Is it common for a person to act and feel drunk when they drink soda or lemonade?

No, it is not: But if your beverages contain aspartame, then it is quite possible that you have an aspartame sensitivity and should be avoiding it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I figure out if I have bipolar disorder I have not gone to see a doctor, but from what I have researched and with how I feel and act, I think bipolar may be something I have.

How can I figure out if I have bipolar disorder I have not gone to see a doctor, but from what I have researched and with how I feel and act, I think bipolar may be something I have.

The: The only way to reliably answer your question would be by making an appointment with a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist with experience in diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, and having yourself thoroughly evaluated. If there is no such doctor in your area and a doctor's visit requires lengthy travel, you should look for a psychiatrist who uses telemedicine. Telemedicine is a method of patient evaluation through an audio/video link, usually with the help of such common computer software as skype or oovoo. It could be very effective in psychiatry, where patient travel is either difficult or impossible. Many insurances reimburse health care providers who use this method at the same rate as the office visit. If you need more information, do not hesitate to contact my office at 877-483-2071. ...Read more

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Does prescription sleeping aids counter act the effectiveness of mood stabilers and antidepressants prescribed for bipolar disorder?

No: Used correctly, prescription sleep aids support a person's sleep cycle, which is vital to stabilization of mood in bipolar disorder. The goal is to use sleep aids only as needed, and not to stay on them indefinitely. They do not counteract the effectiveness of mood stabilizers or antidepressants. However, use of alcohol and other drugs could possibly do this. ...Read more

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I take seroquel (quetiapine) for my bipolar disorder what vitamin can I take to counter act the weight gain and help with weight loss?

I take seroquel (quetiapine) for my bipolar disorder what vitamin can I take to counter act the weight gain and help with weight loss?

Seroquel (quetiapine) & weight: There is no known vitamin depletion associated with taking seroquel, (quetiapine) but it is associated with weight gain, Insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes in some people. For best results you'll need to make sure you're exercising daily, and eating healthy whole (non-processed w/trans fats) foods -- emphasizing veggies & high-fiber carbs (brown rice, if any) rather than rapidly absorbed sugars. ...Read more

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Need help for a dual diagnosed person. My husband is bipolar and is addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. He has medicare and federal blue cross and blue shield. He is danger to himself and family. I baker acted him numerous times but his psychiatrist ge

Need help for a dual diagnosed person. My husband is bipolar and is addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine. He has medicare and federal blue cross and blue shield. He is danger to himself and family. I baker acted him numerous times but his psychiatrist ge

In: In the state of florida, the marchman act addresses getting help for individuals with serious problems with substance abuse, who are not open to treatment. This law can help families through the courts to get loved ones into court ordered and court monitored "intervention assessment stabilization, or detoxification, and long-term treatment". A family member can petition the court.
Under the baker act, which is specific for psychiatric conditions, even if he has known psychiatric diagnoses, his doctor can only detain him against his will for a brief period unless there is court intervention and he is deemed to be at imminent risk to self or others.
I suggest you obtain legal advice. Additionally, do not remain in the home iwith your spouse if you are afraid that you or your son are in danger. You can ask the police who intervened for local contact information regarding domestic violence advocacy. If is important that a safety plan be developed. "knights of kindness" lists a number of florida resources that may be beneficial. ...Read more

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I've been having acts of crazy ness and chatting out of place unintentionally. Its weird. Could this be a bipolar manic attack? Its random joy.

I've been having acts of crazy ness and chatting out of place unintentionally. Its weird. Could this be a bipolar manic attack? Its random joy.

Depends on duration: Bipolar manic attacks are sustained for days
and involve persistent loss of sleep

could be relief from despression

your statement sounds more like transient hypomani. ...Read more

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My daughter just turned 15, & acts bipolar. Upsets whole family! Mood swings, boyfriend problems. ..Thinks she's inlove! What vitamins could help?

My daughter just turned 15, & acts bipolar. Upsets whole family! Mood swings, boyfriend problems. ..Thinks she's inlove! What vitamins could help?

Vit E: EVALUATION: The "vitamin" I would respectfully suggest the most is a general health and mental health evaluation with her doctor. (vitamin "e" = evaluation). Bipolar disorder can show up in adolescents, but so can substance abuse and many other issues. Being in love is a regular part of adolescence so that doesn't seem unusual -- but possibly what she's doing with this, could be. Psychiatrist can help. ...Read more

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Nuvaring has made my wife act bi-polar & irrational. She is now divorcing me. She refuses to remove it. How can I convince her nuvaring is the issue?

Nuvaring has made my wife act bi-polar & irrational. She is now divorcing me. She refuses to remove it. How can I convince her nuvaring is the issue?

I looked it up on: Wikipedia and advise you to do the same. It is a little bit out of date but there were over 700 lawsuits scheduled for trial in 2012. The first law suit to be filed was by a plaintiff who claimed that his wife died from its use. Over many years I have refused to use hormonal therapy because we simply do not know the long term effects. I would tend to agree with you on your wife's behavior. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Do people with bipolar disorder have nervous ticks?

Tics: If they do, it could be more related to another nervous system disorder or effect of medications, not the bipolar illness per se. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder feel normal moods as well?

Do people with bipolar disorder feel normal moods as well?

Of course: Bipolar illness is characterized by mood dysregulation and can take many forms. It is difficult to diagnose without a careful history and professional evaluation. What increases its complex nature is that many patterns existand can be iinterspersed with normal periods. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar snap easier when they are upset with someone?

Do people with bipolar snap easier when they are upset with someone?

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 more

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Do people with bipolar feel bored constantly if they are on their medication?

Do people with bipolar feel bored constantly if they are on their medication?

Common fear: As noted, many people with bipolar miss the elevated mood states (at least before it gets too high or agitated). But with care, a proper dose can readily be established that leaves plenty of energy minus the very real danger. Read kay redfield jamison from johns hopkins on the subject. She is a world expert--with bipolar herself. ...Read more

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Do people with bipolar disorder know when they are about to go into a depressed state of mind?

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 more

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How would you know if you'r bipolar?

How would you know if you'r bipolar?

See a psychiatrist: You should not try to diagnose your own psychiatric problems, please see a professional. The fact that you are worried is plenty of cause for you to seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

Manic depressive: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder which is characterized by abnormally high (manic) and abnormally low (depressive) episodes. ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. ...Read more

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How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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Bipolar is caused by what?

Parental expectation: In addition to the "genetic" component and imbalanced chemicals in the brain, some bipolar patients had parents who had unrealistic expectations of them and "broke their hearts" by appearing to love them more for what they could accomplish than for who they were. "conditional love" hurts and sometimes the price paid by the often talented child will be difficulty following through on "achieving.". ...Read more

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What is bipolar disorder?

What is bipolar disorder?

EVALUATE: Bd is a biochemical/phisiologic illness, generally long-
lasting, generally with recurrent serious depression and/or very
energized, ill considered
and sometimes psychotic behavior. The DX is made too casually these days, based on an episode of angry behavior and DX should be made ; confirmed with an expert. Treatment is generally manditory to manage. ...Read more

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How do I know I'm bipolar?

How do I know I'm bipolar?

Get eval: When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity & even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, poor self est ...Read more

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What causes bipolar disorder?

Multifactorial: So far no one has established a genetic link with bi-polar disorder, and many have tried. It is certainly true that it runs in families, but that can be a result of the family environment.
There is a reasonable theory that the manic episodes are a way of combating the depressive feelings and that both are the result of chronic internal stress leading to depletion of neurotransmitters. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm bipolar?

Psychiatric eval: Can lead to definitive diagnosis. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis.
When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, . ...Read more

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, ...Read more