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How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

How do you know if you have bipolar disorder? What are some symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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 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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How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

How do you know if you have bipolar ii?

See your doctor: If you have bipolar ii disorder, you will experience severe depression and a less severe form of mania known as hypomania. Your doctor will review your history and current concerns to determine if you are having an episode of hypomania or if you’ve had one in the past and if your symptoms are causing significant problems in any part of your life such as your family life, your social life, work etc. ...Read more

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How do you know that you might have bipolar disorder?

How do you know that you might have 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. A psychiatrist will look for extreme swings of mood as part of formulating a diagnosis as opposed to testing. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are bipolar? I have mood swings and I am always easily irratated. How do you know. I always thought i was just stressed out

How do you know if you are bipolar? I have mood swings and I am always easily irratated. How do you know. I always thought i was just stressed out

Bright of you to ask: There is a range; you clearly care enough about your well being. As they say ''don't try this at home." consult a well qualified psychiatrist; your pcp should always be kept informed . Then referral for a consultation with a well trained psychiatrist. You will then remove this nagging. The bottom line is could be, could be another psychiatric area; physical/environmental will have to be waived. ...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 do know if you have bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Have an evaluation by a. Psychiatrist bring a relative or friend who knoews you well as an outside observer. ...Read more

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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?

What is bipolar?

Changing Moods: Bipolar disorder, previously called manic depressive disorder, is a mood disorder where an individual experiences at least one major depressive episode and one manic episode. The number, frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes is highly variable from individual to individual. Check out the following web site for more info: www.Nimh.Nih.Com/health/topics/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtml. ...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