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Doctor insights on: How To Deal With Someone With Bipolar Disorder

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What is bipolar disorder?and how can someone deal with a person who suffers from it?

What is bipolar disorder?and how can someone deal with a person who suffers from it?

You may know that: Bipolar disorder manifests in extreme mood swings between depression and mania/hyperactivity. Some folks are more hyper and some more depressed. The cycle can be very quick or span over days. A licensed mental health professional can diagnose and treat you. It's best to go to someone who has a lot of experience w/this. Your family doc can refer you. Peace and good health. Education helps. ...Read more

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 to deal with bipolar disorder?

How to deal with bipolar disorder?

Well...: Seek out an evaluation by a doctor have regular sleep habits, eat he, althy, avoid alcohol drugs, exercise regularly. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a brother who shows symptoms of bipolar disorder who has not been diagnosed?

How do I deal with a brother who shows symptoms of bipolar disorder who has not been diagnosed?

Get him 2 a psychiat: He needs 2 c a psychiatrist u could c the doc first and discuss how best 2get him there. ...Read more

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Which doctor's would you recommend in brazoria county texas that deal with bipolar disorder?

Which doctor's would you recommend in brazoria county texas that deal with bipolar disorder?

Psychiatrist: You need to find a psychiatrist in your area that can work with you. You can ask your family physician for suggestions, check your insurance, or contact the greater houston psychiatric society at (713) 524-4267. ...Read more

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How to deal with bipolar disorder without medicines. I'm very afraid of the side effects but my doctor refused to treat me without medicines. I can't take any decision in my life.

How to deal with bipolar disorder without medicines. I'm very afraid of the side effects but my doctor refused to treat me without medicines. I can't take any decision in my life.

Bipolar Disorder: The track record for non-pharmaceutical treatment of true bipolar disorder (except tms) is not good. Certainly psychotherapy has a place in this treatment, but not by itself. Mood stabilizing medications are needed to avoid mania & depression. Using these can allow you to feel more stable and able to make solid decisions in your life. Alternative treatments may help, but also not by themselves. ...Read more

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How can I find a doctor in my city that deals specifically with bipolar disorder? My gp has been handling my medications for the past few years.

How can I find a doctor in my city that deals specifically with bipolar disorder? My gp has been handling my medications for the past few years.

Ask around: People you could ask include your gp, or people at your local chapter of organizations of patients suffering from mental illness and their families - examples of which in the us would be nami.Org, nmha.Org and dbsalliance.Org. ...Read more

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How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

How might you help someone with bipolar disorder?

See Below: Learn how to manage stress, how to become aware of symptoms, how to take care of yourself, learn good sleep hygiene; and most of all, work toward learning what triggered your initial episode. Having a "crisis card" -- with names of people to call, things to do, your supports will also be helpful. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

Healthy diet: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol & caffeinated beverages. ...Read more

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What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

What foods are good for someone with bipolar disorder?

The same foods: that are good for people without BP disorder. Try the basics: vegetables, organic products (if you can afford them), a good mix of proteins, carbos and fats (depending upon which diet philosophy you like), low cholesterol foods, gluten-free products if you are allergic, and stay away from preservatives, sugar, artificial food colorings and any other unnatural additives. ...Read more

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Can someone with bipolar disorder get better without medication?

Can someone with bipolar disorder get better without medication?

Yes and no.: Does "better" mean improved or cure? There is no cure. If you have it, you have it for life. One has mood swings so one could get better with or without medication. Medication can improve the swings and also prevent them. The major problem with a Biploar is their going into denial when in a normal phase and stopping their medication. Patients who don't go into denial and continue to take the ...Read more

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