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How To Tell If Someone Is Bi Polar
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
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
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
Consider seeing a: Psychologist or a psychiatrist for a comprehensive diagnostic assessment. ...Read more
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. A psychiatrist will look for extreme swings of mood as part of formulating a diagnosis as opposed to testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benefit entitlements: Having schizophrenia or bipolar, or any other disease, does not entitle someone to any disability benefits. Disability benefits are considered in someone who is unable to perform any kind of job due to illness. There are persons with mental illness that are not disabled at all, and many are very successful. Someone can be temporarily disabled, and recover, if appropriately treated or rehabilitated. ...Read more
How do I tell the difference between someone that is bi-polar, and someone that is abusing pain pills?
Bipolar: Not easy especially due to co-morbidity. Best indicators are history of manic/depressed episodes vs. History of drug-seeking behaviors such as complaint of excess pain with no physical explanation to justify it. ...Read more
Can a cheek swab test help 2 determine wt person can metabolize &tell wht wd work best 4 her. She is bi polar & can't find meds that help her.
Yes : I suspect the company is genentech out of sanfransisco. ...Read more