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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of cyclothymia and bipolar disorder?

Cyclothymic : Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder often ignored. Current evidence indicates that cyclothymic disorder is a prevalent and highly impairing disorder on the bipolar spectrum. In fact perugi et al 2011 found impulsivity could be associated with comorbidity with cyclothymia. Impulsivity often can lead to drug addiction, job loss, loss of relationship and impaired judgement. ...Read more

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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


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Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Is it possible to prove a diagnosis of mania or bipolar disorder?

Prove To Who?: Mania is a cluster of symptoms that occur over seven days (or less if hospitalization or incarceration is required). You cannot prove that the mania was not drug induced but if a drug test and thyroid function is normal and there was no head trauma it is widely accepted to be a bipolar mania. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bpd and depressive disorder?

Is it possible to have bpd and depressive disorder?

BPD: are you using BPD for Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder & a depressive disorder can coexist. There are bipolar depressive episodes and unipolar depressive episodes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a diagnosis of autism and adhd?

Is it possible to have a diagnosis of autism and adhd?

Autism ADHD: Absolutely! make sure you have a good evaluation from a psychologist who understands autism and developmental disorders. Often with spectrum disorders, Intuniv and non stimulant treatments work better. Check with a good psychiatrist first. Here is my take on the spectrum http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have bipolar disorder without the depression?

Is it possible to have bipolar disorder without the depression?

Yes: The essential feature in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is a current or past manic or hypomanic episode. There are several variants of bipolar disorder. Some people only have manic episodes while others have mostly depressive episodes with only having had 1 manic or hypomanic episode at a single point in time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Is it possible to have both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Not really: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia can have a lot of symptoms in common, but they are quite different disorders and would rarely occur in the same individual. Some people have symptoms suggestive of both, and they may have what is called schizoaffective disorder. Distinguishing among these disorders can be difficult but important, because optimal treatments vary. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both schizoaffective disorder and adhd?

Is it possible to have both schizoaffective disorder and adhd?

Yes: You can have schizoaffective disorder and diabetes, schizoaffective disorder and ptsd, schizoaffective disorder and adhd. You can also take medications for both conditions. With your particular combination, i would encourage you to do regular aerobic exercise, get adequate sleep, do mindfulness meditation, and eft (emotional freedom technique / tapping) -- to get mind & body better regulated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a Dissociation Disorder without the symptom of "multiple personalities"?

Is it possible to have a Dissociation Disorder without the symptom of "multiple personalities"?

Definitely: Dissociative amnesia—severe impairment in remembering important information about one’s self. Dissociative fugue—a massive disorientation of self that leads to confusion about one’s personal identity and potentially the assumption of a new identity. Depersonalization disorder—marked by recurrent feelings of detachment or distance from one's own experiences/ world feels continuously unreal. -NAMI ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both bipolar and major depressive disorder?

Is it possible to have both bipolar and major depressive disorder?

Yes - when the major: Depressive episode occurs in the context of bipolar disorder it is called a bipolar depression. This is distinguished from depression without mania or hypomania -which is referred to as unipolar depression. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have a bipolar disorder?

Maybe. Seek: Psychiatric evaluation if you are concerned that you do. 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, >>. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be bipolar and have multiple personality disorders? Like dependant and boarderline personality disorder . What would symptoms be?

Is it possible to be bipolar and have multiple  personality disorders? Like dependant and boarderline personality disorder . What would symptoms be?

Sure: It is certainly possible to have bipolar disorder and a personality disorder. Most likely you will not fit full criteria for a diagnosis of more than one personality disorder... Instead you would have traits of both. Personality disorders and other psychiatric illnesses can be difficult to differentiate - make sure you aren't self-diagnosing. ...Read more

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Is it possible to not react badly to a diagnosis of borderline/personality disorder?

Is it possible to not react badly to a diagnosis of borderline/personality disorder?

Yes: While serious, i often find the diagnosis of bpd to be a relief for a great many patients. It explains an awful lot of issues and there is treatment for it. A great deal of diagnosing in general is about the delivery of 'bad' or difficult information to your patient in a professional and understanding matter. Bedside manner counts here. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a sociopath to have very mild atypical autism/aspergers?

Is it possible for a sociopath to have very mild atypical autism/aspergers?

No: While people with mild autism/asperger's disorder can be oblivious to the emotional responses of others and/or unable to predict emotional outcomes socially, sociopaths are emotionally remorseless, calculating, and manipulative. It takes a high level of social awareness to be exploitive emotionally as in sociopathy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schitzoaffective disorder bipolar type and is it a serious illness?

Get professional: Don't diagnose yourself if someone been diagnosed that person should see psychiatrist and comply with medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible for children to have bipolar disorder?

Is it possible for children to have bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Sure. A good evaluation by a child psychiatrist will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have nonviolent bipolar disorder?

Yes: There is no part of the diagnostic criteria that uses the word violent or any phrase close to the meaning of violent. During a manic episode it might be a possible characteristic of someone's behavior, but it is not part of the diagnosis itself. ...Read more

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How typical is it for someone to be diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and ptsd?

How typical is it for someone to be diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and ptsd?

Not unusual: BPD, like many conditions, is a biological vulnerability that emerges under physiological & emotional stress. PTSD is caused by psychological trauma, a very common risk for everyone. People susceptible to BPD who experience trauma can develop PTSD and BPD often causes risky behavior. PTSD can trigger mania or depression. I've seen many such cases. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why bipolar is a disorder but schizophrenia is a disease?

Can you please explain why bipolar is a disorder but schizophrenia is a disease?

Both are disorders: Both may also be considered diseases. "disorder" is the more contemporary term for these conditions. The term "disease" was more common in earlier eras. For example, in 1874, the journal of nervous and mental disease was first published. While this journal is highly respected, such a title would not be selected for a new journal today. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cyclothymia (Definition)

A mild form of bipolar disorde where one experiences cycles of hypomania and depression, but not rapidly as happens in bipolar disorder and the ...Read more


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, ...Read more