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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?

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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

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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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I have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, manic depression, & ptsd. Should l be very alarmed or afraid because my mood changes really quickly?

Well, all 3 of these: Disorders can impact your mood. See that you are on only atnidepressant medications. While these antidepressants are likely to help with anxiety/ ptsd- they may cause problems with your bipolar disorder. When faced with this situation, i usually try to have the person stabilized on either mood stabilizers or atypical antipsychotic medications before adding in an antidepressant. Are you being. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing very bad mood swings and depression.. Sometimes i feel like im going crazy what can I do?

U need to see U pcp: As soon as possible and if he has no opening go to the next er for evaluation , u seems to be in a lot distress . Good luck. ...Read more

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Bad mood swings and bad depression after my dog passes away is that normal?

Very normal: It is normal to have that sort of reaction from such a traumatic event. It takes time to grieve and people do it in different ways. ...Read more

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I'm starving myself unconsciencely because i'm depressed with bad mood swings.No desire to eat.I don't obsess over food or my weight.Pos eating disord?

I'm starving myself unconsciencely because i'm depressed with bad mood swings.No desire to eat.I don't obsess over food or my weight.Pos eating disord?

"Starving" ?: Your situation seems complex, and we don't know you like your own doctor does. So please talk with him or her about this. Many depressed people lose their appetites. You also deny the concern with food and weight so common in eating disorders. Your additional information shows you're on amphetamine as well as antidepressants and mood stabilizers; amphetamines can affect appetite also. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old & I have a very bad mood swings. I feel depressed during my pre-menstrual phase (one week prior to my periods). What is my problem?

Recommendation : Many woman are having mood swings related to their period. Some of them taking medications, but my advice to use physical exercise or yoga or swimming to help yourself. This is nothing wrong with you. Just be strong and enjoy life. ...Read more

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I have very bad mood swings. I literally go from happy to depressed in like a minute. How do I prevent this?

Mood swings: Mood swings may be the result in changes in your body or your thinking. It is very difficult to figure out the source of your problem in this format. I would suggest seeking out a good cognitive/behavioral therapist in your area. Through counseling, you can learn to understand your thoughts and emotions. If that does not help, I would suggest contacting your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Could racing thoughts and frequent mood swings be signs of a bipolar disorder or they can be signs of depression as well?

Sxs: Racing thoughts and frequent mood swings might be seen with hypomania or mania related to bipolar disorder. It may be due to anxiety or an anxious depression. Certain drugs & medications can cause these symptoms. Mood swings are more prominent in some personality disorder. If you are experiencing these sxs - an comprehensive psychological assessment can help delineat the cause. Take care. ...Read more

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I had a cva in the front part of my brain. It causes mood swings. Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me. I currently suffer depression. ?

I had a cva in the front part of my brain.  It causes mood swings.  Could it of caused bipolar disorder in me.  I currently suffer depression. ?

Complex issue: Why a cva at your age? This sounds rather complex and difficult. Frontal lobe disorders are very complex and will affect mood and behavior and attention. You need a thorough medical evaluation and referral for specialist evaluation as deemed appropriate by your primary physician. There may be a complicated neurological cause for your condition. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with dandy walker variant - can this cause me to have mood swings even to point of depression/bipolar disorder? I feel like i do.

Unlikely: I believe you are referring to a cyst in the cerebellum. In severe cases, usually in children, there are problems with muscle movement, coordination. Mood disorder, such as depression/bipolar, is not thought to be caused by the cerebellar malformation in dandy walker syndrome. ...Read more

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Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Hi, I was wondering if I was bipolar, I'm having mood swings, over analyzing things, depression and happy phases, etc.

Bipolar diagnosis: Mood shifts or swings can happen for many reasons, eg, situational or stress, anxiety, ADD, hormonal, neurological, depression, medications, drugs etc. See a qualified mental health professional for a proper evaluation. Medical factors must be ruled out. See: https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/kidshealth/9851216084755bb2/index.html I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do I convince myself to stay on bipolar meds. I am BP 1. Hypomania. Max 7. No depression. I was prescribed lamitical 50mg. And kloplin 1mg. I have good days 25/30. No mood swings major so why?

How do I convince myself to stay on bipolar meds. I am BP 1. Hypomania.  Max 7. No depression.  I was prescribed lamitical 50mg. And kloplin 1mg. I have good days 25/30. No mood swings major so why?

Maintanence: It is very important that you take medication as prescribed to prevent future episodes. There is very good evidence that the more episodes you have the more frequent and severe future episodes. Your brain wants to maintain an equilibrium. Most people pay for a manic episode by having a depressive episode. It's good that you are stable, the meds help you stay that way. ...Read more

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Hostile,bitter,mood swings,rage,deep depression.on Trileptal for bipolar,tried everything else.wondering about zonegran?any recommendations for it?

Take a look at: Suzanne Somers's book "I'm too young for this." It's about perimenapause and may be a least part of the cause. It's not appropriate to blame everything on women's hormones but you age suggests this possibility. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy and am being treated for clinical depression. My dad has bipolar. Is it hereditary? I have severe mood swings. Angry a lot.

I have epilepsy and am being treated for clinical depression. My dad has bipolar. Is it hereditary? I have severe mood swings. Angry a lot.

Need assesment: Genetic factors contibute substantially to the development of bad, and it is linked to the x. Chromosome, so if any one has family history of bad , this should be ruled out before taking antidepressant medication. ...Read more

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How can you find out if you are bipolar or depressed? I am always having mood swings and just happy then angry, i stress about everything?

Visit your Doctor: Over the years, information and research has helped to increase our understanding of different moods in bipolar disorder and in making an accurate diagnosis. However, the most important diagnostic tool may be talking openly with the doctor about your mood swings, behaviors, and lifestyle habits. ...Read more

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Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Is lamictal good for mood swings, irritability etc I've been depressed for long periods of times and my mind races think it's bipolar 2. Will see psyc?

Seizure Disorder Med: Lamictal (lamotrigine) This medicine is used specifically for SEIZURE DISORDER (antiepileptic, Anticonvulsant). Having Bipolar depression you really need to be followed by a Psychiatrist and prescribed appropriate medications, like, for example SSRIs, SNRIs, buproprion in combination with psychothearpy (CBT). These medicines need to be given / adjusted over 4-6 weeks until effective. ...Read more

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I can't tell the difference between psychosis and bipolar in one relative that suffers severe mood changes depression and too many bad thoughts about others. Which one is he ?

Bipolar manifests: in extreme mood fluctuations. Psychosis is being out of touch w/reality. The bad thoughts you mention may fall into this category. Your friend may be experiencing both. Psychiatric help is necessary to manage this. Good life style choices concerning food, exercise, rest, are also helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

What medications are safe to take for "bipolar disorder" while pregnant? 17 wks, severe deprssion, at times manic, mood swings, ect...

Weigh risks/benefits: It's important to weigh risks and benefits both of the medication and of untreated bipolar disorder on the unborn child. This is a question that is best answered by a psychiatrist who is familiar with you. ...Read more

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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


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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