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I Think I'm Bipolar
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
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 2 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
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
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