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Is Talking To Yourself Sign For Bipolar Disorder
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
Get diagnosed: I would first schedule an appointment with your doctor. There is a possibility that you may not have bipolar disorder. I would still talk to your mom about it. Be direct, honest and express your concerns. She may be able to help by providing more of a family history on the subject. She can also be a good support. ...Read more
Frankly: Be honest. Explain your concerns. Tell them directly what type of help you desire. ...Read more
Discuss concerns: W/doc. BPD is, in my opinion, over-diagnosed today. Just mention your symptoms. There are other possibilities. A mental health professional is best in your case. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Does bipolar disorder have psychotic features? I think I was misdiagnosed. Can you explain each aspect of bipolar for clarity so I can talk to my nurse practitioner
I think I have deppresion and bipolar disorder. I looked at the signs and me and I have most of the sytom. Shoulditell some1.My personality changesalot.?
Encourage you to be: Evaluated by a psychiatric or a clinical psychologist for an accurate assessment. ...Read more
Eval to determine if you have bipolar disorder or another mood disorder. 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. ...Read more
Hi. I think I might have a bipolar disorder but I'm not sure yet. Can u tell me the exact signs of someone who has bipolar disorder?
Someone in my circle shows signs of a bipolar disorder and is on somekind of medication but wishes to keep it a secret from family and friends.?
Agree with Dr Fricke: Not only is medical information especially mental health very confidential it is not good to make assumptions about someone else. Family and friends can be supportive and suggest treatment if they have concerns, but respect a person's right to privacy, . If you are concerned about danger to self or others call 911. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of mania in bipolar disorder? Can you get commited involuntary if you have signs of this disorder?
Mania is characterized by euphoria and/or irritable mood with:
decreased need for sleep
impulsive or reckless behavior
civil commitment legislation varies from state to state. In general a person has to be shown to suffer from a psychiatric illness and if treated is a potential danger to self or others. ...Read more
I think I am experiencing sleep paralysis while I am dreaming of overdosing (description). Is this a sign of bipolar disorder?
? Sleep Paralysis?: Although sleep disorders can co-occur with bipolar disorder, sleep paralysis isn't a diagnostic criteria for bipolar. If you are concerned that you have symptoms consistent with bipolar disorder - seek diagnostic assessment with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. If the sleep experience isn't a 1-time incident than talk with your doctor about a sleep medicine consultation. ...Read more
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
I have a patient who is showing signs and symptoms of schizophrenia. Fhx of bipolar disorder in the family. Patient reports auditory hallucinations, along with criteria for conduct disorder. The schizophrenia happens to be followed by affect of schizoid p
How long does it take to diagnose someone with bipolar disorder &/or borderline personality disorder? R these mental illnesses or personality traits?
Variable: It may take several sessions of history-gathering and observing to make diagnoses of this type -- but symptoms & mental status signs may be clear from the start. Borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder are both mental illnesses, not just personality traits. Both may be present in the same person. Borderline pd often has more intense symptoms in intimate relationships than others. ...Read more
Multifactorial: As with many medical conditions the causes of bipolar disorder are not fully know. It is believed they are polygenetic, with multiple genes interacting resulting in some degree of vulnerability or resistance to the condition. This biology then interacts with environmental factors, both positive and negative which can have different effects based upon when in life or how many/often they occur. ...Read more
See DSM criteria: You can look up the exact criteria used in research studies to learn more about it by searching online. The phrase "bipolar" is often overused, cheapening a formal diagnosis. It encompasses large swings in mood/energy/speed of thoughts/behavior which may last days/weeks at a time. See your local psychiatrist or primary care doctor for screening. Meds are most helpful but counseling can help. ...Read more
Mania/depression: Bipolar disorder or manic depressive illness is a mental illness characterized by manic episodes of 3 days or more of decreased need for sleep, elevated self esteem, and increased productive activity and depressive episodes of 2 weeks or more of unexplained sadness, decreased self esteem, lack of interest in pleasurable activities, decreased ability to make decisions, and lack of motivation. ...Read more
Manic Episodes: By definition, a person needs to have what is known as a manic episode (or something called a mixed episode) in order to have bipolar disorder. It can be rather confusing that one does not also need to have episodes of depression, althought most people with bipolar disorder do have both-episodes of mania and depression. That is why the old name, manic-depression is not always so great. ...Read more
With trepidation?: First, you need to make sure you want to let your boss in on that, and make sure you can't be fired. If you work for a company with greater than 50 employees, you are probably safe. Then, ask boss when would be a good time to have a talk and schedule it. Finally, explain the best you can, what you have wrong with you and your plan to control it. The plan part is what your boss wants to know. ...Read more
Psychiatric Eval.: 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 behaviors, elation, ^ physical activity or psychosis. When depressed 1 may have low mood ...Read more
The best way to know:
Is via a psychiatric evaluation. There may be symptoms of depression, mania ; hypomania. 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, . ...Read more