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Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

Is manic depression just bad mood swings?

No: Manic depression is a serious mental disorder which leads to more than mood swings. Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder that can present with possible symptoms of mania, hypomania, depression, mixed state and normal state. * Mania or hypomania: 1 may show aggression, agitation, v judgment & impulse control, distractability, rapid thoughts & speech, ^ libido, V sleep, spending sprees, high risk ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

What is bipolar disorder? Just mood swings?

Bipolar: Not just mood swings. It is manic depression with at least two weeks of manic or depressive episodes, each with full criteria, sufficient to interfere with daily functioning & social interactions & self care. ...Read more

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Could I have bipolar-like mood swings in borderline personality disorder. What are the mood swings like in bpd?

Often confused: They are very different conditions. Sometimes doctors (including psychiatrists) who don't really understand personality disorders mistake bpd for bipolar ii, because both involve labile mood (mood swings), and people with both conditions have depressive episodes. People with bpd do not have true manic or hypomanic episodes. Bpd is treated with psychotherapy, bipolar disorder with medication. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having hormonal mood swings and bipolar mood swings?

Your cycle: Hormonal mood swings typically occur the last 5-10 days of your menstral cycle and usually occur monthly. The mood swings that occur in bipolar disorder occur irrespective of where you are pin your cycle. ...Read more

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Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

In addition to the: medical advice already given,please see a mental health professional for evaluation for possible Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,especially if you are trying to ward off impending danger that you may not even be able to identify. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is a good mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder, quickening of mood swings?

Options: Lithium, certain anticonvulsants (valproic acid, carbamazepine, lamotragine, ) and second generation antipsychotics (risperidone, quetiapine, Aripiprazole and others) meet the definitions of what may be considered a "mood stabilizer" and all can offer effective treatment. ...Read more

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I have continuous sadness, loneliness, anger and mood swings what is wrong with me?

I have continuous sadness, loneliness, anger and mood swings what is wrong with me?

There could be a: Number of things such as hormonal imbalances, extreme stress, fatigue, this can be a situational stress from job, loss of a loved one, change of life, the only way to truly rule out the possibilities is to consult with a doctor this is to make sure you are getting proper treatment. ...Read more

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Do bipolar mood swings have variations in each extreme mood?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you are asking, but there are certainly variations in degree of symptoms between individuals and between episodes of the same individual. One thing we do know is that the more episodes you have, the more frequent they occur and the more severe they become. The more stable the mood over time, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bipolar from just hormonal mood swings?

What distinguishes bipolar from just hormonal mood swings?

Severity.: Great question. There are many different causes for mood swings. The severity of symptoms & other criteria help to determine if the symptoms are in the bipolar spectrum realm. A comprhensive psychological assessment can help to sort through this. ...Read more

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Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bi polar and mood swings what is the difference between being bi polar and having severe mood swings?

Bipolar definition: Bipolar disorder is diagnosed when an individual has episodes of depression and mood elevations ( episodes of mania or hypomania). Mood elevations include symptoms of elevated self esteem, high energy, decreased need to sleep, rapid speech, racing thoughts and out of character behaviors. Mood swings can be seen with many disorders, personality traits or stress. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hormonal mood swings and having bipolar swings?

What is the difference between hormonal mood swings and having bipolar swings?

The extremes!: Mood swings in pts. With bipolar disorder of much more profound. Hormonal mood swings are of lesser magnitude and can be treated with hormones and other drugs. ...Read more

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Is manic depression the same as bein borderline bipolar or bein bipolar?

Is manic depression the same as bein borderline  bipolar or bein bipolar?

Manic depression: "manic depressive" illness is an older term for bipolar disorder. "borderline" is a type of personality disorder -- very different problem although affective instability may be part of both. The drivers for each are different, borderline pd generally going "off" when fears of abandonment are triggered. Bipolar (manic depressive) d/o doesn't require that for a manic or depressive episode. ...Read more

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Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

Does the DSM-V acknowledge mixed episodes in bipolar II disorder? My mood shifts: depression, hypomania, mixed episodes but no mania is this BPI or II

This distinction may: Be understood & applied to ur case on talking w ur MD. In very basic terms, what distinguishes bipolar I from bipolar II is presence of mania, as opposed to hypomania only. Some sxs are severe enough that they only occur in Bipolar I or mixed episodes including delusions, sxs, necessitating immediate hospitalization, catatonic sxs. Talk with ur md abt ur case specifically for best dx & care! :) ...Read more

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Bipolar 2. Tried MANY meds, even mood stabilizers. There is never any middle ground, just severe depression, or mild depression plus hypomania. Why?!

Bipolar RX: Bipolar 2. Tried MANY meds, even mood stabilizers. There is never any middle ground, just severe depression, or mild depression plus hypomania. Why?! ANS: Bipolar disease is a complex disease and may take a long time to get correct Rx. You did not mention Lithium. Discuss with your Drs. Review your problems and concerns and perhaps ask 4 referral to someone who takes care of difficult Bipolars. ...Read more

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I have depression, OCD and anxiety disorder.Do I have bipolar disorder too?I have varied moods from extremely sad to happy to very angry and irritable.

I have depression, OCD and anxiety disorder.Do I have bipolar disorder too?I have varied moods from extremely sad to happy to very angry and irritable.

Too many labels: If you have bipolar disorder you can eliminate the depressive diagnosis because it includes that. The only way for a diagnosis to me made it with the help of a mental health professional. Please see on to get the support you need. Peace and good health. Medicine alone is probably not enough. Cognitive behavioral therapy may help also. ...Read more

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I am experiencing emotional problems (quality: feelings of unreality, detachment) , mood swings, hallucinations, impulsive or reckless behavior, t...

I am experiencing  emotional problems (quality: feelings of unreality, detachment) , mood swings, hallucinations, impulsive or reckless behavior, t...

See your doctor: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. If you feel like harming yourself, go to the emergency room right now! The very best of wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible that anxiety and depression get confused with bipolar depression?

Anxiety : Anxiety can cause restlessness, insomnia, pacing and depression can cause sadness and anger which could be confused for mixed symptoms of bipolar. Key feature of mania or hypomania is constant euphoria or irritability and decreased need for sleep. ...Read more

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Can manic depression with psychopathic tendencies just go away?

Can manic depression with psychopathic tendencies just go away?

Bipolar Disorder: (AKA Manic Depression) is usually a life-long condition. However, there may be periods of normalcy and with treatment symptoms may come under good control. Regarding psychopathic traits - leopards don't usually change their spots (unless they are highly motivated to do so). ...Read more

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Severe mood swings, anger and depression. Where can I get help?

Depends: Micronutrient deficiencies or neurotransmitter imbalances can play a part in mood. An integrative medicine doctor or nd can help sort that out. Neurofeedback can train your brain to work better. A psychiatrist can figure out prescription meds to help until other measures kick in. Therapy can also help. http://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/cbtstep1.htm. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


Dr. John Moranville
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Mania (Definition)

Mania is a symptom of a bipolar illness. This condition is most commonly characterized by having an abnormally elevated mood, along with such other symptoms as an excess of energy, extravagant behavior, rapid speech, ...Read more