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How do you know if you are bi polar or depressed?

How do you know if you are bi polar or depressed?

Psychological eval.: There is more than 1 type of clinical depression. When a person has unipolar depression they either feel depressed or they have a relatively normal mood. Someone who has bipolar depression experiences periods of depression as well as episodes of increased energy level & mood that may be euphoric or irritable with rapid thoughts & possibly impulsive behavior. Seek psychological evaluation to know. ...Read more

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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more


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How to tell if you are depressed?

How to tell if you are depressed?

Med eval.: 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. ...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 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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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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What can you do to tell if you are bipolar?

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What can you do to tell if you are bipolar?

Bipolar: Periods of agitation, grandiosity and lack of sleep, alternating with periods of sadness & lack of energy and appetite changes, basically highs & lows. ...Read more

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How to tell if you are a sociopath?

How to tell if you are a sociopath?

See Sociopath below: sociopath is defined as someone who is suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder. Sociopaths show a pervasive pattern of disregard for the rights and feelings of others. The spciopath is seen as a criminal, even killers, such behavior isn't essential to the dx. of Antisocial Personality Disorder. The criteria include that the pt .must be 18 or older & show a pattern deceit & lack of empathy ...Read more

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How can someone tell of they are bi polar?

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 do you tell if you are a manic depressive?

How do you tell if you are a manic depressive?

Mania and depression: Manic depressive aka bipolar disorder includes manic episodes with elevated mood, decreased need for sleep, increased self esteem, impulsivity, and grandiosity, usually alternating with episodes of decreased sef esteem and loss of interest, motivation and depressed mood. Mixed episodes are also possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell if I have grandiose delusions?

Can you tell me how to tell if I have grandiose delusions?

Are you the best?: If you think you're better than just about anyone, exceptional in many ways and deserve special privileges and exemptions from the usual burdens and responsibilities - then you probably suffer from grandiose delusions. These people are confident, egotistical, full of themselves beyond the usual braggart. They believe their output merits awards and are shocked if they are not forthcoming. So, r u? ...Read more

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How do you tell if you are bipolar or not?

Bipolar: I hate labeling people.It is my opinion that most psychiatric illness is the result of our brain causing us to fight or flee danger, threat, or vulnerability that arises from unrecognized childhood danger memories.When our brain detects danger it only has two reactions-fight or flight.Bipolar is both.I would look at what your brain is detecting as danger and suggest starting in childhood. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if you best friend is schizophrenic?

Can you tell me how to know if you best friend is schizophrenic?

Schizophrenia: This is thought disorder not a mood disorder like depression. Thoughts can become distorted, tangential and not based in reality. Try not to diagnose yourself however, this is a complex disorder that requires a veteran mental health professional to diagnose. Best. ...Read more

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How to tell if someone is bipolar?

How to tell if someone is bipolar?

Mania: A person may fulfill the diagnostic criteria for bipolar d/o and have never been depressed. That is why the term: manic-depression is confusing. It may be common for those with bipolar d/o to have up and down mood swings, but the depressive part is not what defines the bipolar d/o. Rather, it is what is known as the manic state and can also be what is known as a mixed state. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you are bipolar?

Can you tell if you are bipolar?

Yes: There are questionnaires online, such as the mood disorders questionnaire, that can give you an indication that you might be bipolar. See > dbsalliance.Org/pdfs/mdq.Pdf. < if you complete it and the results are suggestive of bipolar disorder, you should see your doctor.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell if I am add or adhd?

Can you tell me how to tell if I am add or adhd?

? were you as kid ?: The "symptoms" of ADD are vague & overlap with other issues. You do your best when you have adequate restful sleep, good nutrition, good health and a stable working environment. If you have voids in any of these you can appear ADD. A good workup by your doc including a sleep study could cover the basics. Referral to a psychologist for testing may be indicated if these are normal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell if you are ovulating?

Can you tell me how to tell if you are ovulating?

Check OPK: You generally ovulate 14 days prior to your period. But you can use over the counter ovulation prediction kits to help you tell when you are ovulating. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have aps vs. Ms?

How can you tell if you have aps vs. Ms?

Presentations: Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome may be associated with multiple miscarriages, blood clotting issues, such as venous or arterial thrombotic events, but also headaches, and livedo reticularis. MS has very little in common as it is a disease of brain, eyes, spinal cord, and might present with visual loss, numbness, weakness, imbalance, fatigue. Lab studies and MRI's can clearly distinguish stroke ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone is schizophrenic?

How can you tell if someone is schizophrenic?

Dr diagnoses: Schizophrenia has positive (+), negative (-) & cognitive sxs. A person with + sxs loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. - sxs: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of every day functions; losing motivation; inability to carry out plans & isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding what is going on. Dr diangoses. ...Read more

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How do you recommend i continue to get treatment for bi polar disorder?

How do you recommend i continue to get treatment for bi polar disorder?

See below: Antidepressants will help with managing depression, while mood stabilizers will help with managing manic sx. Also, psychotherapy will help with comping with sx and building up awareness of your sx. Creating a "crisis card" for people to contact and things to do when your symptoms become overwhelming. Qualified mental health professional will help guiding you through the process. ...Read more