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Living With A Manic Depressive Spouse
Yes: Bipolar disorder, like any other illness, can have different levels of severity. Many productive individuals suffer from the illness, including a famous psychologist from johns hopkins university who wrote a biography about living with the illness. Many famous actors, comedians and singers also live productive lives despite their illness. In some cases the illness can be severe but not for all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Can someone who has a manic depressive illness such as bipolar disorder apply for disability benefits?
Bipolar Disorder: Hi Elizabeth, the question to me is a diagnosis question. The large gap begs the question as to whether we have two separate conditions now; 1) Bipolar Disorder and 2) an single episode of depression. Rather than travel into speculation land, I would relay this information to the therapist and/or psychiatrist to get clarification and see whether an adjustment to the treatment plan is necessary. ...Read more
Can you explain major depressive disorder in a spouse to someone who has never dealt with mental illness?
Hard to imagine: It's hard to imagine living a fulfilling life while looking over your shoulder all the time . . . Wondering who is trying to harm you. That would absorb an awful lot of energy! what if that could be freed up to do things that give you more joy? What if working with a therapist could help you accomplish that? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ever seen a schizoid fibromyalgic, anxious and depress man with ptsd. Husband, father of an addh girl. Teacher with dermatillomania and gynecomastia?
Well, no not exactly: Sounds like a lot going on. But, it is actually common to have multiple psychiatric conditions at the same time. So don't fear that you are terminally unique in this matter. You are on Cymbalta (duloxetine) - but are you receiving psychotherapy? Cognitive processing therapy or the more generalized cognitive behavioral therapy may be helpful for you. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How should someone handle their partner's PTSD/panic attacks&bipolar mood swings&occasional self-harm setbacks? Esp in serious long-term relationships
Get support: A person's emotional problems can be just as stressful as physical illness in a relationship. Suggest you see a mental health professional for guidance and support. Be sure to make time for yourself. Connect with others for help. Look into NAMI or local support groups: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers . I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can you have borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder & major depression at the same time?
Yes, often does: Mood disorder has to do with symptoms you experience while personality disorder has to do with a pattern of difficulty with relationships. A chronic mood disorder that begins early in life can lead to a personality disorder. Meds might help the mood but psychotherapy is needed to address the interpersonal problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With a diagnoses of schizoaffective disorder cause a person to change like sexual desire, motivation, and being social?
That is possible.: If someone had manic symptoms they may have increased libido, interact more with others & be very productive in activities. If someone had depressed symptoms they might have a reduced sex drive, isolate more from others & become less motivated. If the person is psychotic, how they behave may not be predictable. These are generalizations. But a person can change depending on what state they are in. ...Read more
Can an autistic person (29years) cohabitat with a person (26years) that has depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies? Both not on treatment
Sounds problematic: All things are possible- is this a good idea? Does the autistic person have any sense of danger ? Does the depressive disorder with psychotic tendencies have an issue with violence. This could work or end badly...A lot of discussion would need to take place before such cohabitation happened. Safety of both needs to be covered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The ? is, could he?: Many people love partners with bpd. The problem is more often that the bpd person might not be able to sustain a loving relationship. They often have a very hard time trusting the stability and continuity others show since it is so difficult for them. Successful maintenance would require patience, forgiveness, security & courage. Also, creativity since it may not resemble usual love relationships. ...Read more
A challenging task!: If you're certain you want to do this & really believe your reasons are healthy ones, it might be possible. Does the friend agree that they are borderline? If so, you can talk about it & how much you want the friendship to survive, your willingness to work through or wait out difficult times, etc. This sort of conversation could be a way for your friend to actually modify their way of relating. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can: The symptoms of bipolar disorder include changes in interpersonal behaviors in the context of trends in the severity of the illness of the patient. When an individual is manic it is more likely that someone would be more solicitous of interaction with those around him or her. The enthusiasm that they display may be very high and even scary at times. They also can struggle with irritability. ...Read more
Several: In addition to "an unquiet mind" by jamison, "when someone you love is bipolar: help and support for you and your partner " by last; "loving someone with bipolar disorder: understanding and helping your partner" by julie fast; and "bipolar disorder: a guide for patients and families (2nd edition)" by mondimore. ...Read more
When people suffering from bipolar enter either a depressive or manic episode, is there a spectrum of moods within that mood?
How can someone be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder without having any manic/hypomanic episode ever?(just having depressive episodes)
Technically....: No. However some have proposed sub typing bipolar to include patients with depression and family histories of bipolar the initial episodes of bipolar disorder are often depression. 90% of patients will experience their first manic episode by age 50. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
is also called Bipolar Disorder. Mania is extreme hyperactivity, e.g., not sleeping, talking excessively, spending lots of money, etc. Depression is slowness, hopelessness, not going to work, etc. People who bounce back and forth the extremes of these states can be diagnosed w/BPD. ...Read more
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