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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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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


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How can you deal with personality disorders?

How can you deal with personality disorders?

Long-term therapy: Generally, personality disorders are best treated with intensive, long-term psychotherapy with a skilled psychologist or psychiatrist. If you're in a social, work, or family relationship with someone who has a personality disorder, your situation is much different. Depending on intensity, you might consider seeking help yourself -- for education, and also because such relationships are painful. ...Read more

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How can someone deal with cyclothymia?

How can someone deal with cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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How to deal with someone who has histrionic personality disorder?

How to deal with someone who has histrionic personality disorder?

Remain calm : Take deep breaths and stay calm. Be reassuring without judgement. Never get into an argument about the reality of the situation . Simply emphathize without riding on the same roller coaster of emotion. ...Read more

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How can you deal with someone with depression?

How can you deal with someone with depression?

Be supportive: Be kind, gentle, supportive and strongly encourage person to see doc for meds AND cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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How can someone with asperger's help someone with bpd overcome 'emptiness' and depression?

How can  someone with asperger's help someone with bpd overcome 'emptiness' and depression?

Be a friend.: Be supportive. Offer to engage in activities like going for a walk, swimming, talking, catching a movie etc. Remember that no matter how much you care you can't fill another's emptiness or cure their depression. This is where professional mental health care comes in. Take care. ...Read more

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How to deal with bipolar patient?

How to deal with bipolar patient?

Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

Your Dr can assess: For an anxiety disorder ; underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program or progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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How to deal with anxiety disorder?

How to deal with anxiety disorder?

The best combo of: treatments is psychotherapy and possibly medication support. First you have to know that your anxiety is psychological and not the result of something else (side effects of meds, the result of a physical disease, etc.). Go to an MD for a physical first, then to a therapist, as needed. Here's a reference for some self diagnosis: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more

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How can I handle someone with multiple personality disorder?

How can I handle someone with multiple personality disorder?

Dissociation: "multiple personality" is an outdated term for what's currently referred to as "dissociative identity disorder." here, a person has 2 or more distinct identities/personality states that recurrently take control of behavior. They can't recall important personal information, and it's not explained by ordinary forgetfulness or drug use. This is "handled" through intensive long-term psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Can someone with antisocial personality disorder be able to work with children?

Can someone with antisocial personality disorder be able to work with children?

Questionable: Although it would be hard to say with much accuracy yes or no on this one, i would lean towards no. Almost any job with children, unless it's in the service industry or an equivalent, requires empathy and emotional attunement. These attributes are two essential things kids need from those in charge of them, and that people with apdo lack. ...Read more

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How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

How to cope with living with someone with mental illness?

Mental Illness: Coping with living with someone who is mentally ill, depends on what type of illness this person has. National alliance on mental illness has lots of helpful information for families and significant others: http://www.Nami.Org/ also there may be support groups in your community. Ask your doctor and/or your relative's psychiatrist/nurses, etc. Be well! ...Read more

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How to deal with street people with schizophrenia?

How to deal with street people with schizophrenia?

Kindness: Dorthea dix spoke 2 state legislatures in the early 1900sabout the shameful conditions of the mentally ill who we're homeless in jails etc. Asylums were built to protect & nurture this population--now due to expense & protection of right to refuse rx pts r again homeless & in jails. ...Read more

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How to deal with a depressed person?!

How to deal with a depressed person?!

Depression in family: Depression is a debilitating disorder not just to the patient but also to the family. the family members need to be supportive and compassionate to the patient. The tip rest person should not be noted but made part of daily activities and involved with family outings and other social gatherings. Depression occurs in waves and a lot of time is short lasting so do not give up and try to smile ...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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How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

How can people with aspergers deal with people with a mood disorder such as borderline personality disorder?

Confusing: Borderline personality d/o is not at basis a mood disorder, but does have instability of moods/affects as well as sense of identity and relationships with others. They fluctuate between fears of abandonment and fears of intimacy, and are in general much more distressed than someone with asperger's. In asperger's the person misses social cues, and may not "get" why the borderline pd is upset. ...Read more

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How do you deal with a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder?

How do you deal with a person who has a narcissistic personality disorder?

Keep a perspective: If you are that person's friend or family member, then you should probably make sure not to take it too personally -- their self-involvement is really more a story about them than about you. If you are that person's therapist, then you should probably work to uncover the early-on psychological traumas that have created the problem to begin with. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression?

How to deal with depression?

Depression: Depression is a complicated illness whose solution depends on the patient. There are 2 primary approaches to depression that are complementary, meaning that they can be used together or perhaps independently: psychotherapy and medication. Each patient should consult their doctor to decide which approach is right for them or if a combination is appropriate. ...Read more

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How to deal with depression?

How to deal with depression?

Many options: If concerning yourself, suggest first talking with parents and family if possible regarding symptoms and concerns as well as a doctor. Always good to ensure family support. In general antidepressant medication and therapy are most formal and effective. Self management includes exercise, meditation, enhanced spirituality, and health habits (sleep, nutrition, and avoidance of alcohol and drugs). ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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What happens if someone with bipolar disorder chooses not to take their medication?

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What happens if someone with bipolar disorder chooses not to take their medication?

Bipolar: They can cycle, with highs & lows, can be impulsive & engage in risky behaviors, lack sleep, and may lose touch with reality. ...Read more

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Can someone with bipolar disorder, but has not been hospitalized in 4 years, adopt a baby?

Can someone with bipolar disorder, but has not been hospitalized in 4 years, adopt a baby?

Yes: Having bipolar disease which is under control is very helpful. If however you have had several hospitalizations, it may be an impediment. I have several patients with bipolar wh have had babies or adopted and been wonderful parents. ...Read more

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Can someone with bipolar disorder be a day care teacher?

Can someone with bipolar disorder be a day care teacher?

Reply: Yes you can be unless your bipolar disorder is not affecting your everyday functionality and you are under regular care of a psychiatrist and taking the right medicine. ...Read more

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Can someone with Bipolar Disorder with the right medication, be a school teacher?

Yes, if medication: is keeping your moods balanced you could be a school teacher. People with bipolar can work and live productive lives, although at times it can be challenging. Stay in psychotherapy and keep meeting with a psychiatrist to monitor your medication. ...Read more

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How can a doctor diagnose someone with bipolar disorder?

Evaluation: A psychiatric evaluation consists of detailed history including medical, psychiatric history, duration and nature of symptoms and after ruling out other causes such as medical conditions or substance use related symptoms, a diagnosis can be made if symptoms are present. ...Read more

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Why should someone with bipolar disorder take a mood stabalyzer with an antidepressant?

Why should someone with bipolar disorder take a mood stabalyzer with an antidepressant?

Mania: Giving a bipolar patient only antidepressants could send him/her into manic episodes which has potentially serious consequences, including psychosis and severe risk-taking behavior. Major depressive episodes is a component of bipolar disease and you need antidepressants to treat for that, not just mood stabilizer. ...Read more

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Can a gluten free and/or dairy free diet help someone with bipolar disorder and anxiety?

Can a gluten free and/or dairy free diet help someone with bipolar disorder and anxiety?

Gluten bipolar?: 19 F asks: Can a gluten free and/or dairy free diet help someone with bipolar disorder and anxiety? ANS: Very unlikely to help but easy to test. Stick rigidly to such a diet and see if you get better or not. If you get better then stop to see if you get worse. Repeat until you and team convinced it helps. But I would exhaust all other proven treatments first. ...Read more

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How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?

Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more

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Can Buspar (buspirone) cause mania in someone with bipolar disorder?

Can Buspar (buspirone) cause mania in someone with bipolar disorder?

Not reported: Mania is not one of the reported adverse reactions for Buspar (buspirone). You may be mistaking another constellation of symptoms for mania. Check with your prescriber right away! ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has bipolar disorder?

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How do you know if someone has bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Periods of agitation, grandiosity and lack of sleep, alternating with periods of sadness & lack of energy and appetite changes, basically highs & lows. ...Read more

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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, ...Read more