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Why do some people seem very quick to self-diagnose themselves with bi-polar?

Why do some people seem very quick to self-diagnose themselves with bi-polar?

Popular/ Anger : Bipolar disorder is self-diagnosed and misdiagnosed for a number of reasons. It is currently the "popular" diagnosis, like multile personality disorder was a decade ago. Also, the symptom of irritability has been attributed by many just to bipolar disorder, even though it occurs in a lot of other illnesses. Lastly, it is hard to diagnose, even by experts, making it an easy target for people to use. ...Read more

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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, ...Read more


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Can bi polar be cured?

Can bi polar be cured?

It can be managed: Bipolar disorders are usually effectively treated and managed over the course of a person's life. Continued employment and life satisfaction and happiness are certainly possible despite a diagnosis of a bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bi polar?

What are the symptoms of bi polar?

Mania and depression: There are many symptoms of bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, and several different types. In general it involves periods of elevated/irritable mood that alternate with periods of depressed mood. During manic periods one may need little sleep, engage in risky behavior, and have psychotic symptoms. More information at: www.Nimh.Nih.Gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/index.Shtm. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I am bi-polar?

How likely is it that I am bi-polar?

Family History?: Generally speaking, the strongest predictor for mood disorders like bipolar disorder is a positive family history of mood disorder. Get a good, interview-based evaluation with a mental health professional who has experience with mood disorders. ...Read more

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Do bi polar people push others away?

Do bi polar people push others away?

Bipolar people do...: What non bipolar people do. Sometimes depending on the phase they are in they may do more or less what ever others do. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are bi-polar ?

See below: Scheduling appointment and getting evaluated by a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist). Self-diagnosis are not always a great idea. Once you've been diagnosed, you can work on symptom awareness, self-care, coping, etc. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bi polar disorder?

What are symptoms of bi polar disorder?

Bipolar: Manic depression is a mood disorder that presents with extreme highs & lows, with at least few weeks of manic phases (abnormally elevated mood & energy level) alternating with few or more weeks of depressed phases (sad, guilty, hopeless/helpless, changes in sleep/appetite/energy level). Any phase can be severe enough to experience delusions or hallucinations. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have bi polar disorder?

How to tell if I have bi polar disorder?

See below: Scheduling appointment and getting evaluated by a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist). Self-diagnosis are not always a great idea. Once you've been diagnosed, you can work on symptom awareness, self-care, coping, etc. ...Read more

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How can someone tell of they are bi polar?

How can someone tell of they are bi polar?

See a psychiatrist: If you think you may be bipolar, you should see a psychiatrist. It is important to get treatment, because there is good evidence that untreated bipolar leads to more severe and more frequent episodes. ...Read more

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Help please! is bi polar really a problem?

Help please! is bi polar really a problem?

Bipolar: Bipolar I and bipolar II, In the first, manic phases are more severe, and in the second, depressive phases are more severe. There is also cyclothymia which is a low grade version of bipolar disorder in general, where mood swings are not as severe in either direction, manic or depressive. Bipolar DO is very much a problem. GET YOURSELF EVALUATED BY A PSYCHIATRIST IMMEDIATELY. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have bi-polar disorder?

How can I tell if I have bi-polar disorder?

Ask: Lots of people wonder if a difficulty they face is due to a disorder. Don't be shy in asking your physician for an opinion - this might save you from bigger problems down the road. ...Read more

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How can I treat my rapid cycling bi-polar.?

How can I treat my rapid cycling bi-polar.?

SEE A PSYCHIATRIST: I would recommend that you seek a psychiatric consultation if you have rapid cycling just to confirm diagnosis and then treat. Many medications available like atypical anti psychotics and anti seizure medications. ...Read more

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Would i technically die when i get bi polar?

No: Bipolar people are actually very much alive. And what makes you think you're going to become bipolar anyway?. ...Read more

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Someone I know lying about bi-polar disorder?

Someone I know lying about bi-polar disorder?

This depends on who : they are in your life. If its your teacher, they may be lying. If its someone who can tell you and feel ok about it, let them know you are there for them and want to help. Make it clear you asking to help and will value and guard their privacy. Bipolar is very common and undertreated as many patients dont like medicine or the idea of being on it, until they see how unmanageable their lives are wit ...Read more

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What's the difference between bi polar n add?

What's the difference between bi polar n add?

Bipolar/ADD: Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, refers to a mood disorder characterized by extreme mood swings from depression to mania. ADD refers to an inability to stay focused on any one thing, being disorganized, and having a mind that can be thought of as being everyplace and no place all at once. ...Read more

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How can you deal with people that are bi-polar?

Seek support: While not intentional, individuals with bipolar mood disorders can at times place strain on their relationships. Often the best path is to show them compassion and grace, set boundaries and limits where needed, and take care of yourself. The national alliance for mental illness (nami) is an excellent resource for education and support for those who love someone with a mental illness. ...Read more

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What's the best medication for bi-polar people?

Mood stabilizer: Lithium is the most effective, but may have effects on kidneys and thyroid with long term use. Depakote, lamictal, tegretol, and Trileptal are also used as mood stabilizers. Abilify (aripiprazole) and seroquel may also be used. See mine and others responses to similar questions. The most important is to work with your psychiatrist to find the right medication for you. ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell if you're bi polar?

What's the best way to tell if you're bi polar?

Talk: Honestly, the best way to gain an insight into yourself is to talk to a psychiatrist (or doctoral-level psychologist) about what your concerns are and what's going on in your life. Be sure to discuss your family history as well as major life events and the ways you manage the struggle of everyday life. Hope that helps & good health! ...Read more

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I need help to contol my bi-polar moods. Iam 65.?

I need help to contol my bi-polar moods. Iam 65.?

Bipolar: Confirm diagnosis thru thorough evaluation, rule out medical causes for mood changes, then establish treatment plan with help of specialist. ...Read more

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What are the signs that show you may be bi polar?

Many different ones: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which people may have depressed (low) episodes or manic (high) episodes. In the manic episodes, symptoms may include a large increase in energy, decreased need to sleep or eat, grandiose feelings of self and abilities, a feeling that ones thoughts are racing, being very distractable, doing things that are very dangerous and out of normal character. ...Read more