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Is the type of bipolar disorder constant when bipolar runs in families?

Is the type of bipolar disorder constant when bipolar runs in families?

Not really: Family history increases risk of having bd, but it does not change the presentation. By definition, people with bd have ups and down, usually interspersed with periods of normal mood. The ratio or ups versus downs often changes as people age, but not predictably. Some start with mostly manic episodes, others most depressed; many teens have "mixed" episodes with features of both mood states. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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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 bipolar disorder in children possible? Most of what I've read says bipolar disorder develops in adults.

Is bipolar disorder in children possible? Most of what I've read says bipolar disorder develops in adults.

Bipolar disorder in children is possible: It's most often diagnosed in older children and teenagers, but bipolar disorder can occur in children of any age. As in adults, bipolar disorder in children can cause mood swings from the highs of hyperactivity or euphoria (mania) to the lows of serious depression. Emotional upheaval and unruly behaviors are a normal part of childhood and the teen years, and in most cases they aren't a sign of a mental health problem that requires treatment. All kids have rough periods — it's normal to feel down, irritable, angry, hyperactive or rebellious at times. However, if your child's symptoms are severe, ongoing or causing significant problems, it may be more than just a phase. Here are some signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder in children: Severe mood swings that are different from their usual mood swings, Hyperactive, impulsive, aggressive or socially inappropriate behavior, Risky and reckless behaviors that are out of character, such as having frequent casual sex with many different partners (sexual promiscuity), alcohol or drug abuse, or wild spending sprees, Insomnia or significantly decreased need for sleep, Depressed or irritable mood most of the day, nearly every day during a depressive episode, Grandiose and inflated view of own capabilities, Suicidal thoughts or behaviors in older children and teens. Children with bipolar disorder experience symptoms in distinct episodes. Between these episodes, children return to their usual behavior and mood. Keep in mind, a number of other childhood disorders cause bipolar-like symptoms, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorders and major depression. Diagnosis can be challenging because these and other mental health conditions often occur along with bipolar disorder. If your child has serious mood swings, depression or behavior problems, consult a mental health provider who specializes in working with children and teens. Mood and behavior issues caused by bipolar disorder or other mental health conditions can lead to major difficulties. Early treatment can help prevent serious consequences and decrease the impact of mental health problems on your child as he or she gets older. . ...Read more

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What is the controversy over the increase in bipolar disorder diagnoses in children?

What is the controversy over the increase in bipolar disorder diagnoses in children?

Chaos of Chaos: Children are developing in an environment that has an impact on their behavior. Having a mental disorder means there is something wrong with the individual's development. The controversy is that it is difficult to tell if a child's behavior is the result of bad biology or a chaotic environment that supports the behavior as adaptive. Brain development is altered by Meds, but not clear how long. ...Read more

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When people suffering from bipolar enter either a depressive or manic episode, is there a spectrum of moods within that mood?

When people suffering from bipolar enter either a depressive or manic episode, is there a spectrum of moods within that mood?

Yes: Both depression and mania can be mild moderate and severe. The severe can be with or without psychotic features. It can also be mixed, where the mania is an irritable mania with a depressed mood. ...Read more

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Is schizoaffective disorder a condition in it's own right? Or is it basically two different illnesses in the one patient(schizophrenia and bipolar)?

Considered one: It is currently considered one disorder. I find the diagnosis to be used as somewhat of a 'catchall' category professionally. I usually try to refine this diagnosis in my work with people. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of someone with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder being successful in a career?

Better w treatment: It is difficult to say, since everyone is different. I will say, however, that those I have known with schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder who take their medications as directed even when feeling well have been the most successful with work and with their lives in general. Those i know who tend to stop the meds whenever they are feeling well have not done very well at all due to relapses. ...Read more

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Is the hypermobile type of ehlers danlos disorder constant in families?

Is the hypermobile type of ehlers danlos disorder constant in families?

Simple Response YES: Ehlers-danlos syndrome is a life-long condition that people are born with. It is caused by an abnormal gene. In most cases, people get ehlers-danlos syndrome when they get the abnormal gene from either their mother or father. Ehlers-danlos syndrome involves the body’s connective tissues, which are the tissues that make up and support the skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs. ...Read more

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What is the behaviour of a person suffering from both bpd and bipolar disorder?

What is the behaviour of a person suffering from both bpd and bipolar disorder?

Impossible to say: Borderline personality disorder and a bipolar disorder have a variety of symptom constellations that vary a lot. Consequently, it is not possible to describe the behavior of an individual with both diagnoses. At a minimum, when such a person is symptomatic, mood problems would be present. ...Read more

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Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Is the medication for bipolar disorder the same as that of schizoaffective disorder?

Similar medications : Schizoaffective disorder causes thought disorder, lack of contact with reality, and unstable mood. It's less common than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, but requires the same types of medications: antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and others. Prognosis for return to previous function is better than for other psychotic disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001927/. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

Resources : Go to aacap.Org, click on facts for families on the right side of the page. Put bipolar disorder in the search field and then click on bipolar disorder in children and teens. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

What are the usual symptoms of bipolar disorder in children?

BIPOLAR DISORDER: Manic depressive personality sometimes child is sad alternates with elation lasting for a few months.Stressful life events or other psychosocial factors may precede mood changes. ...Read more

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What is the triad the three main symptoms of having conduct disorder or antisocial behavior?

What is the triad the three main symptoms of having conduct disorder or antisocial behavior?

Disregard for others: There is not really a triad for antisocial pd, but it is characterized by a disregard and violation of the rights of others. People who suffer from this disorder think they have the right to exploit, harm or use other people. Some scholars theorize that they suffer from superego lacunae meaning that their conscience never developed. They may display impulsivity, aggressiveness and lack of remorse. ...Read more

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Where will the energy come from when a person that suffers from bipolar disorder is having a manic episode?

Where will the energy come from when a person that suffers from bipolar disorder is having a manic episode?

Loss of Inhibition: When people have a manic episode they seem to shut down the inhibitory parts of the brain (the parts that recognize risk, that monitor for poor decisions) in the brain this switch from reflection to action without concern for the consequences results in an increase in activity, although the activity is often misdirected. ...Read more

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Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Is recurrent depressive disorder and unipolar the same condition or disorder?

Depression: A depressive disorder can be unipolar (no maniac, hypomania or mixed states) or it can be part of a bipolar disorder. Recurrent depressive disorder just means that there are multiple episodes of depression. ...Read more

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Does stress affects the people with history of bipolar disordee?

Does stress affects the people with history of bipolar disordee?

Yes: Like all of us - stress impacts the mood of those with bipolar disorder. A solution is acceptance of our stress - rather than to try to ale it go away. ...Read more

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What type of mental disorder is similar in effect to sociopathy?

What type of mental disorder is similar in effect to sociopathy?

Severe narcissism: Malignant narcissism and some drug induced personality disorders ( cocaine, heroin, alcohol) come to mind. ...Read more

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What is a type of bipolar disorder with predominantly depressive symptoms?

That could be: Most of them- bipolar i, bipolar ii, bipolar disorder not otherwise specified and most other variants. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic depressive illness, this brain disorder causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more