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Reasoning With A Bipolar Person
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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
Learn the tricks: There are certain patterns in how other folks respond to you depending on your mood. It is really helpful to: (1) keep track of your moods, so you know what the other person might be thinking and (2) learn about those patterns so that you know how to respond when your partner feels you are totally caught up in your own activities (mania) or suddenly incredibly inaccessible (depression). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Establishing rapport: With the patient is essential . In addition family involvement can help. ...Read more
Evaluation: A diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made mostly due to the presence of specific symptoms or characteristics. The diagnosis needs to be made by a qualified mental health professional. Sometimes, psychological tests can be helpful in distinguishing bipolar disorder from other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar: If a person is so manic or depressed that either medications aren't working or s/he's not taking them, the situation can become very dangerous, very quickly. Psychiatrists usually try to intervene before this point (& avoid hospitalization) -- but patients may not tell them when things are going south. Hospitalization is needed when the person isn't safe as an outpatient, or can't care for self. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
SUPPORT: Talk to them and support them encourage exercise and good sleep hygiene as well as healthy eating. If it is more than you can manage as a friend then refer to them to a professional for help like psychiatrist or psychologist or therapist. Talk therapy may help or may need medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NAMI: I would suggest looking up nami (national alliance of mental illness) as they have free support groups for families of those with mental illness. They have groups everywhere in the U.S. ...Read more
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
Homicidal ideations: aren't common with Schizoffactive disorder. However, one might be paranoid, have delusions or have auditory hallucinations directing harm toward an other. ...Read more
Depressive sx's may: Include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. It is best if this diagnosis be made via psychiatric assessment (vice self- diagnosis). ...Read more
Variability: This varies with the person's commitment to both self-acceptance and need for change -- and willingness for treatment. With individual therapy ; dbt, the storms in relatedness may gradually quiet. Without intensive therapy along w/dbt, the suffering inside the bpd person can be so intense that perceptions are very distorted -- and the partner's emotional reserves are used up too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quite the opposite: A shy person has an intuitive understanding of social cues and social implications of language (may include subtle gestures and tone of voice). The shy person experiences unease in social situations, which may lead to behaviors of avoidance (e.g. Averting eye gaze). In contrast, a person with autism is not readily attuned to social and language cues. The social withdrawal is not intentional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult: Do not expect any real warmth from the person; if they can still express it, that's good. If one is a family member, make sure the other family members do not buy into their insanity or think it is spiritual. Any signs of violence, get away by whatever means. Remain caregiver only if you can handle a difficult, thankless and sometimes dangerous task. Require they accept medication. Good luck. ...Read more
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