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How long does bipolar mania last?

How long does bipolar mania last?

If untreated,: Manic episodes can last a few days to weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How long does depression last?

How long does depression last?

Days to years: This question is more complicated than it sounds, as it depends how 'depression' is defined. Major depressive disorder, as described in dsm-iv, lasts at least 2 wks & sometimes up to several years. A very rough guideline is 6 mo if untreated. Other depressions are quick reactions lasting just hours or a few days, while depressive personality (usually mild) can be lifelong. All can be treated. ...Read more

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How long does sadness last to be considered depression?

How long does sadness last to be considered depression?

2 weeks: Several other symptoms have to be there for those 2+ weeks in addition to the sadness. Those include disturbance of eating, sleeping, concentration, loss of interest, thoughts of death, irritability, sense of loss, anger, etc. If you feel you have some of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does post-partum depression last? Can it last indefinitely?

How long does post-partum depression last?  Can it last indefinitely?

Depends, and yes: Each woman is different. Most post-partum depression lasts 4-6 months, and resolves once the woman's hormones settle back into their pre-pregnancy state. For some women, especially those who have a family or personal history of depression or mental illness, the mood disorder can persist. Medicine is a viable treatment option for both temporary and longer term depression. ...Read more

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2 other psychiatrists agree that I've been misdiagnosed with manic depression. Was prescribed Lithium. How long does the withdrawal process last?

2 other psychiatrists agree that I've been misdiagnosed with manic depression. Was prescribed Lithium. How long does the withdrawal process last?

Don't worry.: It probably will be relatively easy. Work w/ the psych you feel good w/ if they'll be treating you but if you're on your own, read this piece to be safe. You'd need a doctor to prescribe the taper doses if necessary. Slow is better than cold turkey if you were on it at a high dose or for long. http://mentalhealthdaily.com/2014/04/24/lithium-withdrawal-symptoms-list-of-possibilities/ Hope it helps! ...Read more

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How long does a major depression with psychotic features last?

It Varies: Severe psychotic depression cn potentially last for several months or even longer. Obviously, this can lead to significant and sometimes life-threatening problems. That is why this type of difficulty needs to be treated aggressively to try to help people return to a normal level of functioning. ...Read more

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How long does a delusional state last?

Depends: 20 minutes to 15 years. There are many causes-- so many variations. When treated, the duration decreases. ...Read more

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How long does depression procedure last?

How long does depression procedure last?

Depression procedure: I'm sorry, but i don't know what you mean by "depression procedure"? In many, depression is a chronic illness that requires treatment over time, and sometimes preventive maintenance too. Medications usually show effect within 4-6 weeks. (sometimes longer). Psychotherapy is also essential, but doesn't "work" immediately either. Rtms procedures last about 40 min, 5 days/week for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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For how long does lithium withdrawal last?

Withdrawal?: Lithium is out of the body in about 3 days if stopped completely, but there usually aren't withdrawal symptoms from stopping. Of course, the original problem (the reason for taking it in the first place) could come back. Anyone stopping lithium should work closely with their prescribing doctor (psychiatrist), and contact them if they experience any symptoms. ...Read more

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How long does minor depression last of not treated?

Depends: It can last from days, to weeks to months or longer. Minor today, major tomorrow. It would depend on the circumstances and the person and the way the person responds to depression and the events leading up to this. Remove the cause and the depression often goes away. Not always though. I would recommend talking to someone. Perhaps you should start with your pcp? ...Read more

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How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

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How long do cycles of mania last in manic depressive disorder?

Manic: Bipolar cycles usually last an average of few weeks, with exception of rapid cyclers who can show mood shifts day in/day out. ...Read more

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How does Latuda (lurasidone) work for depression? ALso how long till the bad thoughts stop?

How does Latuda (lurasidone) work for depression? ALso how long till the bad thoughts stop?

Latuda is FDA: approved for the treatment of Bipolar I depression. However, that doesn't mean that it can't be used off-label for unipolar depression. May take 3 to 4 weeks at an appropriate dose for you to see effects and possible 2 to 3 months to see full effects. I can't say how good it is for unipolar depresssion - but it has been effective for many with Bipolar II Depression. ...Read more

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How fast does a bipolar child cycle between mania and depression?

How fast does a bipolar child cycle between mania and depression?

Also can be mixed: As mentioned, "cyclicality" can vary greatly. In addition, episodes can be "mixed", with suymptoms of both mania and depression manifesting concurrently. ...Read more

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How long does depression after opiate withdrawal last? What can help? My bf is really severely depressed.

How long does depression after opiate withdrawal last? What can help? My bf is really severely depressed.

Seek help soon: Depression is never normal. For some, withdrawing from opiates is cause for celebration. But if pain persists, it can be very discouraging and lead to depression. See a pain specialist if still in pain. Severe depression can be life-threatening; see a mental health professional for therapy and/or medications. Don't wait for it to go away on its own. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long it take to cure psychotic depression?

How long it take to cure psychotic depression?

The right treatment: With the correct treatment of an antidepressant and an antipsychotic, major depression with psychosis can resolve within 2 to 4 weeks. Sometimes it may take longer for the depressive symptoms to resolve. ...Read more

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Can zyprexa (olanzapine) work for acute maniac and depressive episodes of bipolar ? And how much does it take to recover from bipolar

Can zyprexa (olanzapine) work for acute maniac and depressive episodes of bipolar ? And how much does it take to recover from bipolar

Unknown: there is no cure for bipolar just management of the symptoms Often you cannot come off the medication but you can get to the lowest dose possible Also if you do stop you need to know when to start again Go to another provider for a second opinion whether you are bipolar or not since it is a lifetime diagnosis ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose schizoaffective disorder?

How long does it take to diagnose schizoaffective disorder?

It depends: This depends on the reliability of the patient, other sources of history (such as medical records documenting past episodes of illness, results from medication trials, etc), and following the person over time -- past the point where mood is stable. If you can't get to that point, you don't know whether psychosis is present without mood episode -- thus it make take longer to firm up the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long could depression typically last?

How long could depression typically last?

Varies: It varies from person to person, whether one gets treatment and the type of depression. Some people may have depression for years if left untreated. On the otherhand, if the the depression is situational it may last a few months. ...Read more

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How long does a manic panic attack usually last?

How long does a manic panic attack usually last?

They are different.: A manic episode and a panic attack are 2 separate things, but some symptoms may overlap. Mania is characterized by an elevated mood, feeling of invincibility, risky behavior, increased goal-directed activity and other symptoms. A panic attack involves intense anxiety, discomfort, feeling of dying or going crazy, palpitations and other somatic symptoms. It may last from 10 min to several hours. ...Read more

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How long does CNS depression take to happen?

How long does CNS depression take to happen?

Can be very quick: Central nervous system (CNS) depression means decreased neurological activity in the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. It generally happens in response to drugs, medications, or alcohol. It can be very quick, depending on what is taken. By the way, this is different from depression of mood. ...Read more

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Took 20mg of prednisone for five days. I have bipolar and it threw me into a deep depression. How long will effects last before it is out of system?

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As long as weeks: Unless you abruptly stop it and/or utilize appropriate medications to alleviate the depression - antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, or even brief trial of an antidepressant. Even then it may be prolonged. If you were not aware of it you may want to try any other available option in treatment in the future knowing you have this susceptibility. Also, inform your md of your reaction and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I initially had depression for years, it went untreated for a prolonged period of time, could this have escalated to my current condition, bipolar 2?

I initially had depression for years, it went untreated for a prolonged period of time, could this have escalated to my current condition, bipolar 2?

No.: Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be controversial among psychiatrists. One view is that you had bipolar II all along, but it was not clear, and it merely looked like you had unipolar depression. Either someone took a closer look, or you developed hypomanic episodes, which clarified. ...Read more

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I'm 24 and suffered from depression for years due to family pressures. For the last few years I have done some strange things. I think it's bipolar?

There aren't any: Details here for me to be able to comment on likihood that this is bipolar. You already have a diagnosis of depression. I would request a review of your diagnosis with the new information. ...Read more

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Suddenly, really happy after a long period of depression. Could this be bipolar?

It's possible: If "really happy" means staying up for a few nights, spending lots of money, engaging in high risk behaviors, having racing thoughts, and grandiose plans, then, yes. If really happy means relieved that the depression has decreased and now the person can experience some joy in life then maybe not. The details matter here. I would see a psychologist or psychiatrist to explore the answer. ...Read more

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How long does Latuda (lurasidone) take to work? Also how is it like an antidepressant for bipolar depression?

How long does Latuda (lurasidone) take to work? Also how is it like an antidepressant for bipolar depression?

Latuda: May take 3 to 4 weeks at an appropriate dose for you to see effects and possible 2 to 3 months to see full effects.
REF: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/Lurasidone ...Read more

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I have Major Depression & for the last 3 weeks I've been feeling extremely irritable and angry. Do I have a risk in turning into Bipolar?

I have Major Depression & for the last 3 weeks I've been feeling extremely irritable and angry. Do I have a risk in turning into Bipolar?

Need psych.care.: Psychiatrist must decide about your bipolar.Bipolar is usually hereditary,but sometimes very difficult to decide whether depression is due to Major depression or Bipolar. You can boost the neurotransmitters by eating nuts,pumpkin seeds,turmeric etc ...Read more

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How long does it take to find the right fit treatment for affective disorders like bipolar, depression?

Depends.: A good history and mental status examination will help your doctor determine what medications will help you . There are different types of Bipolar disorders and the medications will target those symptoms. It may take a few weeks to see if the medications help.a good therapeutic relationship with your psychiatrist and therapist is key. ...Read more

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Can i wean myself off prozac (fluoxetine)? I've been bipolar for sometime and diagnosed with depression. Docs appt jan 31 can't wait that long. Its. Bugging me.

The doc prescribing: Is the one you should speak to now to voice your concerns first most. And maybe they can help you find a different psychiatrist with a shorter waiting time. Mainly please try not to do your own medication management without first talking it over with doc who prescribed it or your primary care physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Why am i feeling incredibly sexy, impulsive after being depressed last night? Is this bipolar?

Why am i feeling incredibly sexy, impulsive after being depressed last night? Is this bipolar?

Need more info: It certainly could be. You can get some idea by answering the mdq mood disorder questionnaire on line. Just type it into your browser. A diagnosis however would need to be made by a physician or therapist. I wish you the best. By the way, are the toboggan runs still open in palos? I have some of my fondest winter memories from going down those with friends and family. ...Read more

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I had a manic episode last night. I never had a manic episode for a few years now. Am I Bipolar or just really anxious/depressed?

I had a manic episode last night. I never had a manic episode for a few years now. Am I Bipolar or just really anxious/depressed?

In your earlier: entry you said you were under heavy influence of drugs and alcohol. They was likely fuel for this episode. We absolutely can not diagnose you using an general health education internet site. You very much need medical and psychiatric eavluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Seizure Disorder Med: Lamictal (lamotrigine) This medicine is used specifically for SEIZURE DISORDER (antiepileptic, Anticonvulsant). Having Bipolar depression you really need to be followed by a Psychiatrist and prescribed appropriate medications, like, for example SSRIs, SNRIs, buproprion in combination with psychothearpy (CBT). These medicines need to be given / adjusted over 4-6 weeks until effective. ...Read more

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23f, bipolar ii, added lithium 1200mg to lamictal 300mg last year. Miserable, apathetic, depressed, considerable weight gain. Is topamax (topiramate) an option?

23f, bipolar ii, added lithium 1200mg to lamictal 300mg last year. Miserable, apathetic, depressed, considerable weight gain. Is topamax (topiramate) an option?

Bipolar: You describe a very troubling situation. You are not doing well. You may want to ask your doctor if you should have a second opinion concerning your treatment or to change the treatment in order to get better. ...Read more

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How are bipolar 2 and bipolar depression different?

Episode vs type: Bipolar 2 is the disease, often with hypomanic or mixed episodes rather than frank manic episodes. "bipolar depression" is simply a depressive episode for someone who has bipolar i or bipolar ii disease. ...Read more

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What can you do if you are in a deep depression from bipolar 2?

What can you do if you are in a deep depression from bipolar 2?

See professional: If you are in deep depression see professional you might need inpatient if you are suicidal if not than outpatient treatment let professional decide what kind of medication is beneficial for you. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between depression and bipolar type 2?

Important: Bipolar 2 disorder most often presents as depression because patients often don't come in for their hypomanic symptoms because those are not often troubling. For this reason, many people with bipolar disorder have been treated as though they are unipolar. It is important for the treating clinician to do a thorough history to rule out periods of hypomania. Treatment is very different for the two. ...Read more

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What is the difference between depression that comes with mdd and depression that comes with bipolar 2? Any symptom differences?

What is the difference between depression that comes with mdd and depression that comes with bipolar 2?  Any symptom differences?

The same: The depressive episodes of mdd and bipolar affective fisorde 1 or 2 are similar. It is the presence of mania or hypo mania that distinguishes them from each other. ...Read more

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I think i have depression and/or bipolar disorder. is there a way to tell if i do? i also NEED to lose 20 pounds in 2-3 weeks. how do i do that?

I think i have depression and/or bipolar disorder. is there a way to tell if i do? i also NEED to lose 20 pounds in 2-3 weeks. how do i do that?

See a psychologist: or psychiatrist to get a clear diagnosis. It is not advisable to lose 20 pounds in 2-3 weeks. Talk to a therapist about starting a healthy diet and exercise plan. Exercise will also help fight depression. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more