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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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My mate knows lm bipolar he throws it n my face& l mixed emotions i try to stay calm but no a blow up comin. Its getn hard to control what do l do?

My mate knows lm bipolar he throws it n my face& l mixed emotions i try to stay calm but no a blow up comin. Its getn hard to control what do l do?

Bipolar Disorder: I see that you've listed multiple antidepressants in your clinical information, but no mood stabilizing medications. Using antidepressants without these mood stabilizers can risk manic episodes -- your moods will definitely be harder to control. Please see your psychiatrist asap. This could be why you're having blow-ups even though you try to stay calm. ...Read more

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Why dx'd BPD by new pdoc?Every1 who knows me(7 yr bf,all friends new&old)is baffled.Im PTSD&Bipolar&USED to self-harm,but many yrs ago.No1 agrees BPD.

Why dx'd BPD by new pdoc?Every1 who knows me(7 yr bf,all friends new&old)is baffled.Im PTSD&Bipolar&USED to self-harm,but many yrs ago.No1 agrees BPD.

Ask the: provider who made the diagnosis which criteria were met. Is "pdoc" used as an abbreviation for psychiatrist or primary care physician? It would be best if the diagnosis was made by a psychiatrist or psychologist who has done a careful assessment using DSM criteria. ...Read more

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How to tell if someone is bipolar?

How to tell if someone is bipolar?

Mania: A person may fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar d/o and have never been depressed. That is why the term: manic-depression is confusing. It may be common for those with bipolar d/o to have up and down mood swings, but the depressive part is not what defines the bipolar d/o. Rather, it is what is known as the manic state and can also be what is known as a mixed state. ...Read more

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How do I no if someone has bipolar?

How do I no if someone has bipolar?

Professional eval: It takes a professional evaluation to make a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. However, a classic case includes episodes of both mania (a 'hyper' state of excess energy, racing thoughts, & poor judgment) and depression, both lasting at least a few weeks at a time. There are other conditions that look very much like bipolar disorder, so it can be hard to tell. ...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 causes someone to become bipolar?

What causes someone to become bipolar?

Bipolar: It is a chemical imbalance in the brain and sometimes it is hereditary. ...Read more

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How could i tell if someone is bipolar?

Need an evaluation: Bipolar affective disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, either depressed or manic, which persist over time and cause impairment in living day to day life. ...Read more

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How can I live with someone who is bipolar?

Comliance: What kind of commitment he has is he compliant with medications does he follow up regularly with psychiatrist and you can be part of it . If he agrees you can accompany on his appointment and meet his physician discuss your concern. ...Read more

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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