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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. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

The lay term is manic depression. It is a mood cycling condition in which a person has periods of elevated mood & energy, little sleep, racing thoughts & grandiose ideas. The person may engage in risky behaviors, spend a lot or work a lot. These episodes alternate w/ periods of depression for at least 2 wks. The duration & severity of the manic sx determines the ...Read more


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I want to know in what type of bipolar disorder quetiapinel is the best option.

I want to know in what type of bipolar disorder quetiapinel is the best option.

Seroquel: Seroquel XR is highly effective in treating the various phases (manic, mixed & depressive) of both Bipolar I & II Disorder. Personally, I have found that Seroquel works extremely well in patients who also have difficulty sleeping - as it is sedating and should be taken at night. Hope that answers your question and helps! ...Read more

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What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

What are the different types of bipolar disorder?

Many types: There is bipolar i and bipolar ii. There are phases such as manic, mixed and depressed types, there are mild, moderate and severe forms. The severe forms may be with or without psychotic features. Finally, there is bipolar disorder, nos which stands for not otherwise specified. This has also been termed atypical bipolar d/o. ...Read more

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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. ?

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

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Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Are there really two types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar Disorder: is really a spectrum. Bipolar I can have devastating sxs if not treated. Bipolar II Disorder, Bipolar Disorder Not Otherwise Specified and Cyclothymic Disorder all have cyclic changes of mood and energy in common. ...Read more

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What are the different types of medication for bipolar disorder?

Mood stabilizer: Most common are lithium, depakote, or lamictal. Seroquel and Abilify are also used. Many other options if side effects or inadequate response to any of these. Antidepressants may cause mania if given alone without mood stabilizer, but are often given along with a mood stabilizer. Unfortunately all medications have potential side effects and is always risk vs benefit. Compliance is crucial. ...Read more

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Why are there different types of bipolar disorder?

Very good question: I hope someone can give you a good answer - or better than mine. I see it as evidence that there are problems with the concepts underpinning the diagnosis. Years back manic depression was a diagnosis which was dropped and became much of bipolar ii (not exactly, but close). Bipolar i is hard for some to see as different from major depression. It's likely more modifications will be made to the terms. ...Read more

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My sister says she has bipolar disorder. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Increased Risk: There is an increased risk among close family members if someone has bipolar disorder. However, this is not an automatic result. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Manic depressive disorder is also known as 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