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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, 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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Can bi polar be cured?

Not yet: Bipolar disorder is an inherited neurobiological disorder that has eluded a cure. It is quite treatable though, so don't give up and maintain your treatment regimen that should include counseling, medication, group support, meditation, exercise and good sleep. ...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?

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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