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How Do You Know If Someone Has Bipolar Disorder
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Discuss symptoms: Explain the symtoms that you are experiencing that are of concern. ...Read more
It can be.: The medications used can be preventive, protective and treat symptoms. ...Read more
Evaluation: Bipolar type i consists of dramatic high and low moods.The highs(mania) can present with irritability, high energy, decreased need for sleep, euphoria, reckless behaviors and rapid speech.The lows are feelings of sadness, sleeping more, poor concentration, crying spells and possible suicidal thoughts. There are different types and severities.See a psychiatrist to be evaluated for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diagnostic Interview: This is a very broad question...Too broad to be answered with any brief summary here. Generally speaking, bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a clinician familiar bipolar disorder eliciting those signs and symptoms during a clinical interview. There are no blood tests or scans that necessarily make the diagnosis. For more information, try: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001924/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Education helps. ...Read more
Yes: Having bipolar disease which is under control is very helpful. If however you have had several hospitalizations, it may be an impediment. I have several patients with bipolar wh have had babies or adopted and been wonderful parents. ...Read more
Can the behavior of someone who's chemically sensitive mimic that of someone with a bipolar disorder?
Well...: I am not sure there is enough of a consensus on what chemical sensitivity represents to state that it can mimic bipolar disorder. There certainly seems to be a frequent co-occurrence between those with chemical sensitivity and psychiatric conditions. As there appears to be no clear cause or remedy for chemical sensitivities, see a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment of the bipolar symptoms. ...Read more
What is the usual combination of drugs that someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder ends up needing to remain stable?
Not One Combination: There really isn't one "usual" combination. In my experience there are some indicators that can guide selecting medications based on the nature of your cycles (how do you go from energized to depressed, which direction is the switch faster, etcetera), but there is also quite a lot of variability in responses. ...Read more
When someone as being diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1, can that person change personalities.? Like two diffrent people?
Hi. I think i might have a bipolar disorder but i'm not sure yet. Can u tell me the exact signs of someone who has bipolar disorder?
Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?
Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...Read more
Someone in my circle shows signs of a bipolar disorder and is on somekind of medication but wishes to keep it a secret from family and friends. ?
Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends can be supportive and suggest treatment if they have concerns, but respect a person's right to privacy, . If you are concerned about danger to self or others call 911. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Worsen sxs: The two worst decisions you cam make if you have bipolar spectrum disorder are: 1. Not to take prescribed psychotropic medications & 2. To use illicit drugs. Illicit drugs usually markedly decrease effectiveness of other treatments and leads to deterioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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