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How To Tell 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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!
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.
Consider seeing a: Psychologist or a psychiatrist for a comprehensive diagnostic assessment.
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.See 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.
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.
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.
You can not: Your psychiatrist can tell, and also rule out medical causes of this and other problems. Don self-diagnose, it does not work that way. And of course, you should not get a diagnosis other than being physically interviewed, examined and evaluated. Get the right diagnosis and treatment, see a psychiatrist. Good luck.
Primary difference: Put simply, depression is feeling chronically sad for most of at least 2 weeks. With bipolar disorders, mood swings from depression to mania. Mania includes feeling extremely energized, needing little or no sleep, feeling unreasonably happy, sometimes engaging in dangerous behaviors w/o considering or caring about consequences.
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.
Anger: Bi-polar usually requires medication and therapy. Anger is often a cover up for other more fundamental feelings like sadness, disappointment or loss. Best.
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.
Safety question: I guess I have a general concern for the public regarding the safety of natural or herbal remedies. Some think that if it's an herb, it must be okay. There are herbs which contain strychnine! There's side-effects to everything, but only herbs are not tested to be safe or effective. Natural does not equal safe. Be careful of the hype of the multi-billion dollar industry for health foods.
Can be effective: Effectiveness depends on many things, including the commitment of the patient. You need a program for "dual diagnosis" -- meaning they treat both the substance abuse and the bipolar disorder. When the person is actively using, it can be hard to tell mood episodes from drug effect. Meth is a very challenging drug, and ongoing outpatient recovery efforts are still needed long after discharge.
I have bi polar and ADHD i ve been using L-theanine and 5 htp as an treatment for the past two years with excellant results .Can yu tell me why these?
Thiamine & 5 HTP: Theanine is an Amino Acid which is found in things such as green tea. It promotes the production of Alpha brainwaves, which induce a state of relaxed alertness (similar to meditation) 5-htp is a naturally occuring Amino Acid which is a product of tryptophan, and converts itself directly to serotonin. As a result it raises serotonin levels in the brain. Increased serotonin is often useful for the t.
Bipolar meds have so many side effects. wouldn't it be better 2 smoke marijuana as bi polar people tell me they feel better than the meds? Is it harmful
DONT THINK SO: I have no idea what the long term effects are - possibly including psychosis. The goal should be to have as stable a life as possible and i doubt that pot will do that. Properly balanced meds and real support can help a whole lot. Very hard to live a productive life by being happy and out of it - and depressive and manic phases are most likely to recur anyway. Not the best solution.See 2 more doctor answers