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How Often Is Autism Misdiagnosed For Bipolar Disorder In Kids
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
If people that have schizophrenia are schizophrenic & people that have autisum are autistic, how about people (like me) that have bipolar disorder?
Bipolar: I cannot think of any other term that is used other than bipolar or manic-depressive. ...Read more
Not uncommon: Higher energy phases can be explained by a number of things: 1) hyperfocus of adhd; 2) inordinate anxiety; 3) medications or substance abuse; 4) sleep deprivation; 5) prolonged stress; 6) medical illness. The mdq (mood disorder questionnaire) can facilitate discernment. Self-identified mood extremes, others confrontation about unusual behavior - are you on something? Can't you slow down? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes and no: Bipolar d/o is a longitudinal disorder. Someone with depression may not have had recognizable manic episodes. Manic episodes associated with psychosis may not be recognized as mania. Rarely would someone be misdiagnosed with bipolar d/o unless psychotic symptoms persist in the absence of significant mood related symptoms which would likely be schizophrenia. Substance abuse may cloud the picture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please advise if it's common for bipolar disorder to be misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder?
Sometimes.: Yes, on the surface. Some of the characteristics are similar such as the mood instability, impulsivity, sleep disorder especially the hypomanic states. Unlike the bipolar disorder which have distinct periods of mania and depression lasting at least a week, borderline personality disorder shows a pervasive pattern of instability with extremes of idealization and devaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Has bipolar disorder, gets angry at kids and wife really fast for oblivious reasons and yells. gets worse with alcohol. Is it normal?
Bipolar: Mixing alcohol with Bipolar Disorder, on or off meds, is not a good idea ever. But Bipolar Disorder, carefully managed with a good Psychiatrist and Psychologist, can be very well managed. It is challenging sometimes to convince someone who has experienced mania to let go of that top of the world feeling. Please recommend that the patient or family at least talk to a Psychologist for advice and rec ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I 'm married with 4 children and work full-time. I take meds for depression, add, and bipolar disorder. Not sure why still irritated around my kids.
Well -first off -: Medications help a great deal but do not always take care of all symptoms. Second- it sounds like your life is very full (wife, mother ; full time employment outside of the home). Third- as much as we love our children - they can be irritating at times. Have you thought about some form of talking therapy in addition to your medications? It looks like your are on adhd med ; 2 antidepressants but no. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Talk behavior not dx: Labels such as bipolar disorder are useful shorthand but convey little information, especially for children. Simple, age-appropriate descriptions of the problem--e.g., "you get upset really easily, " you get so mad that you break things or try to hurt yourself"--are far more likely to get your child on board with the treatment plan of "we want to help with that." diagnosis can wait till later. ...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
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
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