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How Do You Know If Someone Has Bipolar Disorder
The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...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
Usually yes: A good psychiatric evaluation which includes the history, collateral information and the interview as well as a comprehensive medical evaluation and oftentimes laboratory work gives the doctor sufficient data to confirm such a diagnosis. The doctor also includes something we call the differential diagnosis in his diagnostic work up. ...Read more
When someone as being diagnosed with bipolar disorder 1, can that person change personalities.? Like two diffrent people?
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
To REALLY know: If you have bipolar disorder, talk to a psychiatrist or psychologist. A diagnosis requires a good history & evaluation of your symptoms. Symptoms include manic or hypomanic episodes (abnormally elevated mood & energy) and sometimes depressive episodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are symptoms of bipolar disorder and how would i know if I have it? I am a but concerned i might.
Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar d/o includes episodes of both depression (sad mood, changes in sleep, energy ; appetite) and mania/hypomania. Mania means times of increased energy, less need for sleep, feeling of racing thoughts ; speech, increased impulsive behavior, sometimes poor judgment, elated or euphoric mood which can progress to irritable. Both phases can become psychotic with delusions and hallucinations too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi! I'm bipolar and would like to know is it possible for people with bipolar disorder to fall and stay in love with somebody?
Absolutely: It's definitely possible, you just have to find the right person who will be open minded about your disorder and will be supportive even through the rough times. Life as a bipolar patient is not always miserable and you are perfectly capable of having a happy, intimate relationship with someone, and definitely capable of feeling love. Best of luck to you :-) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Manic depressive disorder is also known as 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
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