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How do you know if someone has bipolar disorder?

How do you know if someone has 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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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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I need to find dr who understands the correlation between bipolar disorder and drugs?

I need to find dr who understands the correlation between bipolar disorder and drugs?

That's a shame: You need to try and find either a board certified addiction psychiatrist or a board certified psychiatrist who is also board certified in addictionology (like me). I think that drugs of abuse most certainly makes bipolar d/o worse and those with bipolar d/o suffer from a greater risk of substance abuse and dependency. I treat both at the same time in my clinic. You should be able to find someone. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if someone has bipolar disorder?

Is there an effective way to determine if someone has 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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How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

See Below: Learn how to manage stress, how to become aware of symptoms, how to take care of yourself, learn good sleep hygiene; and most of all, work toward learning what triggered your initial episode. Having a "crisis card" -- with names of people to call, things to do, your supports will also be helpful. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

Healthy diet: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol & caffeinated beverages. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

The same foods: that are good for people without BP disorder. Try the basics: vegetables, organic products (if you can afford them), a good mix of proteins, carbos and fats (depending upon which diet philosophy you like), low cholesterol foods, gluten-free products if you are allergic, and stay away from preservatives, sugar, artificial food colorings and any other unnatural additives. ...Read more

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At what age could someone possibly get bipolar disorder?

At what age could someone possibly get bipolar disorder?

Early Adulthood: In an epidemiological study of major depression and bipolar disorder, weissman et. Al., 1996, reported a first onset at an average age of 6-years. The mean age onset ranges between 24.8 years and 34.8 years. ...Read more

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Can someone with bipolar disorder get better without medication?

Can someone with bipolar disorder get better without medication?

Yes and no.: Does "better" mean improved or cure? There is no cure. If you have it, you have it for life. One has mood swings so one could get better with or without medication. Medication can improve the swings and also prevent them. The major problem with a Biploar is their going into denial when in a normal phase and stopping their medication. Patients who don't go into denial and continue to take the ...Read more

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How do you recommend i tell someone i think I have bipolar disorder?

How do you recommend i tell someone i think I have bipolar disorder?

Discuss symptoms: Explain the symtoms that you are experiencing that are of concern. ...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