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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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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 you tell me how is being bi polar different from clinical depression?

Can you tell me how is being bi polar different from clinical depression?

Bipolar Depression: Without a full longitudinal history, bipolar depression can be difficult to distinguish from major (non-bipolar) depression. Bipolar disorder includes both episodes of depression and mania, usually at different times but there can be mixed episodes also. The treatment of the 2 disorders differs also -- antidepressants are not wise to use in bipolar disorder without mood stabilizing medications. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to deal with being bi polar?

Could you tell me ways to deal with being bi polar?

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 determine if I have depression or bi polar?

How to determine if I have depression or bi polar?

Mania: The main difference between the two is that bipolar includes a manic episode. That refers to feeling like you have tons of extra energy, can stay multiple days without sleep, maybe write an entire novel without a break. ...Read more

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How to explain bipolar disorder to boss?

How to explain bipolar disorder to boss?

With trepidation?: First, you need to make sure you want to let your boss in on that, and make sure you can't be fired. If you work for a company with greater than 50 employees, you are probably safe. Then, ask boss when would be a good time to have a talk and schedule it. Finally, explain the best you can, what you have wrong with you and your plan to control it. The plan part is what your boss wants to know. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how mild depression, severe depression and being bi polar differ?

Differences: The difference between mild and severe depression is the severity of the symptoms. Patients with "mild" are usually still able to function at home/work while those with severe cannot. Suicidal ideation is more common with severe. To be bipolar you must have episodes of both depression and mania (extreme elevated moods, irritability). The medications used to treat both disorders are different. ...Read more

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How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

How to diagnose a schizophrenia?

Difficult: Diagnosing schizophrenia early on, is difficult but critical. Look for new problems in school or on a job. Pay attention to social isolation and new onset of odd beliefs. When in doubt, consult a professional. Early treatment leads to the best outcomes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to manage bipolar disorder?

There is no way to : Provide comprehensive info in 400 characters or less. But- take medications as directed. No changing doses on your own or skipping doses. No alcohol or other substances of abuse. Consistently get adequate sleep - no all nighters. Go to bed the same time each night. Wake the same time each am. Avoid excessive stress. Avoid tobacco ; caffeine. Find a good therapist ; a good psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cure depression and bipolar disorder?

Can you tell me how to cure depression and bipolar disorder?

No cure: There is no cure for depression or bipolar disorder. The most we can do is manage the symptoms. For bipolar disorder, medication is best. With depression, depending on the severity, people can use natural treatments, exercise, medication and therapy. If you have bipolar depression, medication is the best option for symptom control. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Can you tell me how is bipolar disorder treated?

Psychotropic meds: May include mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. There are numerous non-medication approaches as well (to include psychotherapy, cbt, family therapy, group therapy etc.). ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnose bipolar or schizophrenia?

Please tell me how long it takes for to diagnose bipolar or schizophrenia?

Varies: The length of time it takes to diagnose an illness can vary from person to person. Some patients will present with very clear-cut symptoms while for others it may take a few visits to gather more information before making a diagnosis. ...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 can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat my severe depressive disorder?

Can you tell me how to treat my severe depressive disorder?

Professional help: Your Dr can assess for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. ...Read more

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How to explain bipolar disorder to friends without scaring them?

How to explain bipolar disorder to friends without scaring them?

Mood Disorder: Tell them you take medication to keep you moods even and that it works well. If you are one of the rarer people who needs frequent hospitalizations and have serious psychotic symptoms, you shoud have someone who can help take you to the hospital when it is necessary. ...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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How to treat cyclothymic disorder?

How to treat cyclothymic disorder?

Therapy: Sometimes medication is used and can be helpful. Another approach might be psychotherapy. This can help adjust thought patterns and coping skills and work through painful issues contributing to mood fluctuations. Exercise, healthy dietary habits, proper sleep patterns and healthy relationships are also helpful. Cyclothymia needs to be addressed so one can have the most happy life possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Can you tell me how is schizophrenia diagnosed?

Hallucinations: By definition, schizophrenia is about psychosis. Psychosis means the patient is getting external stimuli from the environment through one or more of his or her five senses, that does not objectively exist. In other words there are auditory,visual, olfactory, gustatory, and tactile hallucinations that can be experienced by the patient. Auditory hallucinations, however, are the most common. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

How can one diagnose bipolar disorder?

Psychiatric Eval: By undergoing a psychiatric eval that rules out other psychiatric and medical conditions that could mimic bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

What can you do to tell the difference between bipolar and borderline personality disorder?

Bipolar/Borderline: Bipolar is mood disorder. Borderline is a personality do. The two can coexist in the same individual. ...Read more

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