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I Think I'm Bipolar
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
I think i'm bipolar i can go in an extreme bad mood for no reason and I am no longer hungry. Need help?
See below: Start with your primary doctor to get a referral for a mental health professional to do a proper evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more
I think i'm bipolar and my mom has scheduled me for an appointment. I read online that sometime you have to go to a therapist to get the medication?
Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a doctor of medicine (M.D.) who prescribes medications for disorders like bipolar disease. You will certainly need to see a psychiatrist but a therapist (typically a psychologist or social worker) can help you develop strategies for living with the disease and for making lifestyle changes that will help stabilize your mood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think I'm bipolar. Doc keeps giving antidepressants. How do I get him to understand me? How can I keep myself safe in the meantime?
Self diagnosis?: Tall order for a patient (even a trained specialist) to diagnose THEMSELVES with a psychiatric disorder. No doubt you feel something is amiss. That's why you have THE RIGHT to ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist which sounds like it is in this case. Have you SPOKEN to your doctor; but really SPOKEN to them about how you feel? Write me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more
I think i'm bipolar, is wellbutrin the best medication for me? After a lifetime of serious emotional problems, i'm finally ready to admit that i'm probably bipolar. I'm also ocd, have severe depression and anxiety. I'm almost 60 years old and only now am
Time to act: It sounds you have been suffering for a long time. Ocd can happen at the same time with bipolar disorder. And they are treatable. If you have bipolar type ii, it is easily mistook for major depression. Going back to the drawing board with your psychiatrist and look at all the symptoms as a whole will help you reevaluate your treatment and set it on a better course. Now that you admit the problem. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
People keep telling me they think i'm bipolar and I seem to have all the symptoms, where do I go to get tested?
Seek expert help: The primary way to evaluate someone for a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is through a specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. A self-questionnaire can give you a clue to possible illness but does not tell you if you have it. Diagnosing bipolar disorder is extremely difficult and should be left to specialists. A primary care physician may provide you with a referral. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psych eval: Find an experienced Clinical Psychologist who agrees to do an evaluation to determine if you meet the criteria for bipolar disease(s). It is higly over diagnosed these days IMHO. So, either it can be the focus of treatment - or your hypochondria can. You can work on a plan to help you get through your fears of being ill without a risk of missing early signs of anything serious. Best wishes! ...Read more
Get eval: When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment & impulse control,distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity & even psychosis. When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, change in appetite, poor self est ...Read more
Psychiatric eval: Can lead to definitive diagnosis. When a person is manic or hypomanic they may exhibit aggression, agitation, lack of judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity ; even psychosis. When depressed one may experience low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Psychiatric Eval.: Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment ; impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts ; speech, ^ libido, v sleep, spending sprees, high risk behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood, v energy level, v concentration, amotivation, ^ or v sleeping, ^ or v in appetite, poor self esteem, feelings of hopelessness or helpless. ...Read more
Mania and depression: Mania is the most distinctive feature of bipolar. Most people also have depressive episodes. Mania is characterized by impulsivity and decreased need for sleep and often increased irritability. Depression leads to decreased interest, motivation, and energy along with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, and that life is not worth living or suicide. It is important to get treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a psychiatrist: Mania is the most characteristic feature of bipolar disorder, but most people also have depressive episodes. Mania leads to impulsivity and decreased need for sleep sometimes accompanied by increased irritability. Depression leads to decreased interest, motivation and energy associated with feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness. And thoughts of death or suicide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Talk to a doctor: Discuss your concerns with a physician. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme and persistent alterations in mood. The mood disorder questioner is in public domain and the results are a good conversation started between patient and doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A good psychiatrist: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed by a careful review of current and past moods, patterns of thought and behavior. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists are well trained in its diagnosis. Effective treatment requires both medication and psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bipolar: Moods swing to extremes, between episodes of depression lasting around few weeks & phases of mania lasting few weeks each. Milder forms are called bipolar type 2 or cyclothymia, more severe forms are accompanied with psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things that are not there. Your mental health counselor can assess & give more definite diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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