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How Long Does Bipolar 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Depends: In most cases, c diff is treated with 2 weeks of antibiotics. This is effective around 85% of the time, but 15% can "relapse" after their antibiotics. This requires more antibiotics. After that, an even higher % will have a 2nd relapse. Treatment is with even more antibiotics. And so on. Some patients have had relapsing diff for years! we can often cure them with a stool transplant. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve by 2-3 weeks which is the general contageous period. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems (tired,lethargic) for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve by 2-3 weeks which is the general contageous period. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems (tired,lethargic) for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about a "chronic" mono (yrs) that has been refuted by the CDC. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Depending upon the type of infection (otitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, etc.), and the immune status of the patient the duration of illness can be highly variable. This is also dependent upon the age, since this is increasingly recognized as a disease of adults as well as children. In symptomatic persons with mild disease a week to 10 days would seem reasonable. ...Read more
Menopause: : Permanent end of menstruation & fertility occurring 12 months after last menstrual period (age 40-60; ave. 51). Women can stay healthy, vital & sexual. Physical & emotional symptoms may disrupt sleep, cause hot flashes, lower energy or trigger anxiety, sadness & feeling of loss. For bothersome symptoms, effective treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy. ...Read more
Menopause: Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstrual periods for 1 year. The symptoms of menopause can continue for a short period of time in some women e.g. For a few months or in other women symptoms can continue for 20 + years. If you are experiencing symptoms related to menopause, see your doctor for relief of these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: With treatment it should clear up in ten days in a immunocompetent patient. If patient has deep seated infections such as endocarditis, ventilator associated pneumonia or bacteremia, or in a immunocompromised person, it may take weeks before it clears out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few months: Stuttering, is most often noticed in children between 2 and 3 years of age, which may persist a few months. Referral for speech evaluation is recommended if a child has positive family history or demonstrates any of the following: prolonged stuttering over 6 months, avoiding talking, tense pauses in speech, or extrinsic facial or body movements while talking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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