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I think I may be bipolar. How can I know for sure?

I think I may be bipolar. How can I know for sure?

See a psychiatrist: Not always easy 2 make diagnosis bring record of mood swings & close friend or relative who has observed u over time. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

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


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I need to find dr who understands the correlation between bipolar disorder and drugs?

I need to find dr who understands the correlation between bipolar disorder and drugs?

That's a shame: You need to try and find either a board certified addiction psychiatrist or a board certified psychiatrist who is also board certified in addictionology (like me). I think that drugs of abuse most certainly makes bipolar d/o worse and those with bipolar d/o suffer from a greater risk of substance abuse and dependency. I treat both at the same time in my clinic. You should be able to find someone. ...Read more

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My mate knows lm bipolar he throws it n my face& l mixed emotions i try to stay calm but no a blow up comin. Its getn hard to control what do l do?

My mate knows lm bipolar he throws it n my face& l mixed emotions i try to stay calm but no a blow up comin. Its getn hard to control what do l do?

Bipolar Disorder: I see that you've listed multiple antidepressants in your clinical information, but no mood stabilizing medications. Using antidepressants without these mood stabilizers can risk manic episodes -- your moods will definitely be harder to control. Please see your psychiatrist asap. This could be why you're having blow-ups even though you try to stay calm. ...Read more

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Why dx'd BPD by new pdoc?Every1 who knows me(7 yr bf,all friends new&old)is baffled.Im PTSD&Bipolar&USED to self-harm,but many yrs ago.No1 agrees BPD.

Why dx'd BPD by new pdoc?Every1 who knows me(7 yr bf,all friends new&old)is baffled.Im PTSD&Bipolar&USED to self-harm,but many yrs ago.No1 agrees BPD.

Ask the: provider who made the diagnosis which criteria were met. Is "pdoc" used as an abbreviation for psychiatrist or primary care physician? It would be best if the diagnosis was made by a psychiatrist or psychologist who has done a careful assessment using DSM criteria. ...Read more

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I think that my dad has bipolar disorder. How can I know for sure?

Enlist a professiona: See your family doctor as the first step. You can make an appt with a mental health professional to assist you in developing an intervention plan. ...Read more

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I think i may have bipolar disorder type 2. How would i know for sure, without consulting a doctor?

Cyclothymic: Bipolar type 2 , with less severe mood swings, rapid cycling & better prognosis than manic depression. Confirming diagnosis needs face-to-face evaluation by a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How so i know for sure i'm bipolar II I am hyper all day for months i can't sleep and im irritable and cranky, then i get sad and lose all energy?

Bi-polar: You need an evaluation by a qualified mental health clinician as making this diagnosis is complicated and requires an expert who works with this disorder in particular. ...Read more

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How would you know if you'r bipolar?

How would you know if you'r bipolar?

See a psychiatrist: You should not try to diagnose your own psychiatric problems, please see a professional. The fact that you are worried is plenty of cause for you to seek medical attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help? I believe i may have bipolar disorder?

Seek psychiatric : Evaluation. 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. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

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